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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. Signed by James Kirkup on the title-page. A verse play – adapted and translated from the French Medieval Mystery Cycle of Arnoul and Simon Gréban.
Crown 8vo (19cm). vi,(42)pp. Original ivory stapled wrappers, lettered in black and decorated with typographic ornaments in green; staples very slightly rusted, but a very good copy.

£20

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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE ETERNAL VIRGIN.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE ETERNAL VIRGIN.

Tokyo : Orient Editions, 1970. First edition. A verse rendition of Paul Valéry’s "La Jeune Parque" printed (in England) by Kirkup "for his friends" – this the copy sent to the poet Robert Garioch, and with Kirkup’s Nagoya compliments slip loosely inserted.
Post 8vo (21cm). [24]pp. Original blue wrappers, lettered in black; very good.

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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : BROAD DAYLIGHT.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : BROAD DAYLIGHT.

Frensham : Sceptre Press, (1971). First edition : one of fifty numbered copies (of 150) signed by Kirkup. A twenty-line Zen poem.
Post 8vo (21cm). [12]pp. Original white stapled wrappers, lettered in black; staples very slightly rusted; a few specks; otherwise very good.

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KIRKUP, James ; McMAHON, Trevor ; PATTEN, Brian & OTHERS : WORDS : BROADSHEET ONE.

KIRKUP, James ; McMAHON, Trevor ; PATTEN, Brian & OTHERS : WORDS : BROADSHEET ONE.

[Bramley : Words Press, 1973]. First edition : limited to 100 numbered copies. This copy signed by James Kirkup, Trevor McMahon and Brian Patten. A folding broadside containing two haiku from Kirkup, a poem from McMahon, a verse adaptation of Victor Ouzin by Kate Flemming and Patten, and an illustration by Nicholas Tufnell.
Post 8vo. Single raspberry sheet, printed in black and folding to form four leaves; very good.

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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 ; WHITE, Eric Walter & NANGLE, Julian : WORDS : BROADSHEET FOUR.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 ; WHITE, Eric Walter & NANGLE, Julian : WORDS : BROADSHEET FOUR.

[Bramley : Words Press, 1973]. First edition : limited to 100 numbered copies. This copy signed by all three of the contributors. A poem from each, with illustrations by Artemis.
Post 8vo (21cm). Single sheet, folding to form four leaves. Very good.

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