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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : JOHNNY ALLELUIA.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : JOHNNY ALLELUIA.

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961. First edition. A collection of thirty-two poems. “Among the English poetry of the last half century, Charles Causley’s could well turn out to be the best loved and most needed” (Ted Hughes).
Post 8vo (21cm). (62),[ii]pp. Original blue and white pictorial boards, lettered in black; very good indeed in the matching dust-jacket – in secondary state, with a 95p over-sticker cancelling the original price – but also very good indeed.

£25

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : SIX WOMEN.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : SIX WOMEN.

Richmond : Keepsake Press, 1973. First edition : one of 168 regular copies (of 180). A poem, with a linocut in two colours by Stanley Simmonds. Keepsake Poem No. 14.
Crown 4to (24cm). [4]pp. Original aquamarine wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in black; very good indeed, with the original Keepsake envelope. Lewis (Keepsake Poems) 14.

£20

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : HANDS TO DANCE AND SKYLARK.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : HANDS TO DANCE AND SKYLARK.

London : Robson Books, (1979). Second edition. Revised versions of the naval stories originally published in 1951 as “Hands to Dance”. Causley has added a foreword and a long autobiographical section dealing with his wartime service at sea.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (192)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; very slightly bruised, but still very good indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly used.

£15

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : TWENTY-ONE POEMS.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : TWENTY-ONE POEMS.

[Shipston-on-Stour] : Celandine Press, (1986). First edition : one of 225 numbered copies (of 300) in buckram. Printed on Arches mould made paper by Glenn Storhaug at the Five Seasons Press.
Elephant 8vo (29cm). [48]pp. Six tipped-in colour illustrations by Robert Tilling. Original quarter blue buckram, blue-grey marbled boards; ruled on covers and lettered down spine in gilt; top edge gilt; a very good copy indeed of this most attractive production.

£40

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : INFANT SONG.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 : INFANT SONG.

[London] : Arts Council of Great Britain, [ca. 1982]. First separate edition. An undated poem card, one of an attractively printed series sold at the Arts Council shop in the early 1980s.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). Cream card, printed in red and black; very good indeed. Just three copies located in major libraries worldwide – none in the UK.

£15

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 – editor : THE BATSFORD BOOK OF STORIES IN VERSE FOR CHILDREN.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 – editor : THE BATSFORD BOOK OF STORIES IN VERSE FOR CHILDREN.

London : B.T. Batsford, (1979). First edition. An attractive selection of around fifty narrative poems – by Causley himself, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, John Masefield, William Morris, Brian Patten, W.B.Yeats and many more – illustrated with the striking designs of Charles Keeping (1924-1988).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (136)pp. Pictorial endpapers and full-page illustrations. Original dark blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the original coloured Keeping dust-jacket – fresh and unworn.

£15

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DEMIROVIC, Hamdija, 1953- : TWENTY-FIVE POEMS.

DEMIROVIC, Hamdija, 1953- : TWENTY-FIVE POEMS.

Richmond : Keepsake Press, (1980). First edition in English : one of thirty numbered copies (of 450) signed by both the Bosnian poet and the translator, Charles Causley (1917-2003). Translated and introduced by Causley.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [ii],44,[x]pp. Original white wrappers, lettered in red and with an illustration by Petar Waldegg in black; just faintly tanned at spine, but otherwise very good. Lewis 59.

£25

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