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"A.E." - [RUSSELL, George William, 1867-1935] : COLLECTED POEMS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1913. First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. Over 170 poems culled from three earlier collections, together with "such new verses as I thought of equal mood".
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xvi),(276)pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy. Gift inscription to Mr Johnstone from Beatrix Oliver dated Xmas 1913. Denson 21.

£25

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CLEARY, Brendan, 1958- : TEARS IN THE BURGER STORE.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Jackson's Arm, (1985). First edition. Signed by Brendan Cleary on the title-page. The Antrim-born poet's first collection - fourteen poems
Post 8vo. [16]pp. Original stapled wrappers - a design in pale lilac, black and white; near fine.

£20

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DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : GOING MY WAY?

London : Poem-of-the-Month Club, 1970. First edition: [limited to 1,000] copies signed by Day Lewis. A broadside poster poem.
Imperial 4to. Single ivory sheet, printed in black on recto only. Fine.

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DAY LEWIS, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972 : THE ROOM & OTHER POEMS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1965). First edition. A collection of thirty poems.
Demy 8vo. (64)pp. Original boards, patterned sides; top edge blue; neat name, but very good indeed in the original Leigh Taylor dust-jacket - a design in purple, black and white - very lightly rubbed.

£15

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FOX, Hayley : SONGS OF LUST.

Liverpool : Windows, (1982). First edition. Poems.
Pott 8vo. [16]pp. Original green wrappers, printed in black; very lightly sunned, but very good.

£15

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013  & MAHON, Derek, 1941- : [COVER TITLE] IN THEIR ELEMENT : A SELECTION OF POEMS.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 & MAHON, Derek, 1941- : [COVER TITLE] IN THEIR ELEMENT : A SELECTION OF POEMS.

Belfast : Arts Council of Northern Ireland, (1977). First edition. Twelve poems from Heaney and fourteen from Mahon, with an introduction, biographical notes, portraits of the two poets, and an illustration from Cathal Caulfield. Produced to accompany the May 1977 readings by the poets at seven venues in Northern Ireland.
Crown 4to (23cm). [24]pp. Original silver stapled wrappers, with lettering and the Caulfield illustration in purple; some mild rubbing, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral publication.

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

London : Faber & Faber, (1980). First edition : [one of just 500 copies in hardback]. An extensive selection of Heaney's earlier work, including many of his finest poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). 136pp. Original blue boards, lettered down spine in gilt; a very good copy indeed in a price-clipped dust-jacket - also very good indeed.

£200

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

London : Faber & Faber, (1984). First edition. One of the most celebrated collections of poems of modern times.
Post 8vo (21cm). (124),[iv] - including integral endpapers. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a fine copy in an equally fine dust-jacket.

£250

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KINSELLA, Thomas, 1928- : DOWNSTREAM.

KINSELLA, Thomas, 1928- : DOWNSTREAM.

Dublin : Dolmen Press, 1962. First edition. A collection of twenty-five poems.
Post 8vo (22cm). (64)pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in black; faint spotting to top edge, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - just lightly used, but also very good.

£25

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LONGLEY, Michael, 1939- : NO CONTINUING CITY : POEMS 1963-1968.

LONGLEY, Michael, 1939- : NO CONTINUING CITY : POEMS 1963-1968.

Dublin : Gill & Macmillan / London : Macmillan & Co., (1969). First edition : the Irish issue. Inscribed, signed and dated (2002) by Michael Longley. His first hardback appearance, a collection of thirty-five poems - "A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders" (Seamus Heaney).
Post 8vo (22cm). 56pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; a few very faint edge-spots, but a very good copy indeed in the dust-jacket - also very good and with the merest hint of edge-wear.

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NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN, Eiléan, 1942- : THE SECOND VOYAGE.

Dublin : Gallery Press / Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, (1986). First edition: the hardback issue. A selection of forty-two poems from her earlier volumes.
Demy 8vo. 68,[iv]pp. Original black cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; fine in the original blue-green dust-jacket, printed in black - just very faintly sunned.

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WOODS, Macdara, 1942- : THE HANGED MAN WAS NOT SURRENDERING.

WOODS, Macdara, 1942- : THE HANGED MAN WAS NOT SURRENDERING.

Dublin : Dedalus Press, (1990). First edition : the hardback issue. A collection of twenty-six poems.
Foolscap 4to. 80,[iv]pp. Original blue rexine, lettered down spine in gilt; very mild spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the original Graphiconies dust-jacket – a striking floral design in yellow, blue and black on white – also very good.

£20

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