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Boccaccio's Olympia
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Boccaccio's Olympia

By Boccaccio

London: At the Florence Press, Chatto & Windus, 1913. Edited with an English rendering by Israel Gollancz. Neatly inscribed on FFEP by I. Gollancz to Dr Beeching: 'With all good messages' 21 XII 1915. Also on FFEP and pastedown, a poorly effaced ink description of Gollancz. A bibliographic notice on newsprint(?) affixed to pastedown. There is wear to the corners of the boards, spine ends frayed, and some (bleachlike) stains to the cloth backing material. There is a slight waviness to the bottom of the pages, but they don't seem to have been dampened. The pages are beautiful and the presentation is an apt medium for subject and author. Number 281 of 550. Facsimile of ms. on frontispiece. Letterpress on handmade Aldwych paper. Untrimmed. From the description on the pastedown: 'Rubricated text. 'Olympia' may be read side by side with 'Pearl.' In addition to the poem there are translations of Boccaccio's references to his little daughter, 'Olympia,' who died when five and a half years of age. The Angel Child returns to him in the poem with many beautiful assurances.' In a postscript Gollancz writes: 'The date of 'Olympia' is about 1361, some two or three years after the child's death at the age of five and a half.' 'Olympia: The wood's delights / Who can recount? Who tell in words? Not one! / First must he put on wings, as bird, by flight / To seek and see the heights; else all is vain.' . Limited/Numbered. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


A. O. Barnabooth: His Diary
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A. O. Barnabooth: His Diary

By Larbaud, Valery 1881-1957

London: Quartet Books Ltd., 1991. pp. 318. New with slight, if any, wear. Originally translated from the French by Gilbert Cannan in 1924. Introduction by Alan Jenkins. Originally published by Gllimard in 1913 as A. O. Barnabooth, ses oeuvres completes. 'Lend me your deafening racket, your smooth-running speed, / Your nocturnal snaking through Europe and its lights, / O luxury sleeper! and the agonizing music / That plays along your corridors of gilded hide / While behind the lacquered doors, the bright, brass-heavy latches / The millionaires are sleeping soundly.' 'Valery Larbuad was a rich trabeller and scholar. It was with little difficulty that he projected himself into the character of A. O. Barnabooth, the young South American millionaire whose Complete Works comprise poems, a brief tale reminiscent of Voltaire, and this diary, full of the characteristically light-hearted entries of a dilettante. Althought superficially entertaining, the book is also a sensitive exploration of the search for true identity. At every turn, Barnabooth's attempts to go against his moneyed grain misfire, thereby revealing the tragicomedy of character and fate. This edition also includes a number of poems by Larbaud alias Barnbooth, translated here by Alan Jenkins, himself a poet.'. Reprint in One volume of first American. Trade Paperback. Very Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


Poetry from Pakistan : An Anthology (Jubilee Ser.)

By Pakistani Poets

New York, NY, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1998. Jacket has minor soiliing and rubbing, Red Cloth of biding has 1 inch bubble, perhaps a manufacturing defect. Pages clean, tight and bright. Poets: Abbas Husain, Athar Tahir, Farida Faizullah, Ghulam Farduddin Riaz, Gulzar Bano, Mansoor Y. Sheikh, Masood Amjad Ali, Moeen Faruqi, Mona Hassan, Nishat Wasim, Perveen Pasha, Shahbano Bilgrami, Shahryar Rashed, Sheryar Singha, Soofia Ishaque, Zeba Hasan Hafeez. 'A rose does not smell,/as it once did, of love;'-Mona Hasan. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics: Number 11, fall, 1993: The Michael Heller Issue
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Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics: Number 11, fall, 1993: The Michael Heller Issue

By Norman Finkelstein, Richard Frye, Nathaniel Tarn, Henry Weinfield. Mallarme, Imre Oravecz, Nina Iskrenko, Jacques Roubaud, Rosmarie Waldrop; George Trakl, Anne Waldman

Hoboken, NJ: Talisman, 1993. 300 pp. The Michael Heller Issue: Interview, New Work, Commentary by Norman Finkelstein, Richard Frye, Thomas Gardner, Laszlo K. Gefin, Burt Kimmelman, Jeffrey Peterson, Ruby Riemer, Hugh Seidman, Armand Schwerner, Nathaniel Tarn, Marc Weber, Henry Weinfield. Harvey Weinfield on Mallarme's 'Tombeau de Baudelaire.' Imre Oravecz translated by Bruce Berlind; Nina Iskrenko translated by John High and Parick Henry; Stephane Mallarme translated by Henry Weinfield; Jacques Roubaud translated by Rosmarie Waldrop; George Trakl translated by David Carrara.. Original Wraps. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


L\'Aiglon (The Eaglet)
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L'Aiglon (The Eaglet)

By Rostand, Edmond

New York: R. H. Russell, 1900. 262 pp. Adapted into English by Louis N. Parker. Fraying to top and bottom of spine, corners lightly rubbed, spine dulled, else very good, The play concerns The Duke of Reichstadt, son of Napoleon I, and the Archduchess Maria Louisa of Austria. In verse. The Duke: My hair was long, and I was Prince of Parma; / And when they punished me you let me off. The Emperor: Do you remember how you hated ponies? The Duke: One day they showed me one as white as snow; / I stamped with fury in the riding-school. The Emperor: You thought a pony was a deadly insult. The Duke: I cried with rage: I want a great, big horse! The Emperor: And now you want another great, big horse! The Duke: And how I used to beat my German nurses. The Emperor: And how with Colin you would calmly dig / Enormous holes about my park-- The Duke: For Crusoe.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.