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BOOTH, Martin, 1944-2004 : TELLER : FOUR POEMS.

BOOTH, Martin, 1944-2004 : TELLER : FOUR POEMS.

Woodford Green : Poet & Printer, 1973. First edition : [one of 300 copies]. Loosely inserted is a separately printed publisher’s flyer relating to contemporary publications, with a manuscript note dated 14th July 1973 initialled by the publisher, Alan Tarling.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (16)pp. Original white wrappers, lettered on upper wrapper in red and black; a few faint marks, but a very good copy, with the original Poet & Printer envelope.

£20

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BROWN, Stewart, 1951- : THE PERFUME OF DECAY.

BROWN, Stewart, 1951- : THE PERFUME OF DECAY.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1985. First edition : [one of 250 copies]. “In a Cornish Garden”, a sequence of fourteen poems, and “Lugard’s Bridge”, a longer poem in three parts. With two colour-printed lino-cuts by Alan Dixon. Loosely inserted is a 1985 Poet & Printer flyer, with two Alan Dixon illustrations, inscribed and signed by the publisher, Alan Tarling.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Original green wrappers, lettered in orange, and with a woodcut device by Alan Dixon in darker green on upper wrapper; very good.

£20

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CAWS, Ian, 1945- : BRUISED MADONNA : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

CAWS, Ian, 1945- : BRUISED MADONNA : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1979. First edition : [one of 375 copies]. A collection of twenty-one poems. Loosely inserted is a typed note to the late Barry Bloomfield on Poet & Printer notepaper – “delighted to send you the latest”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (32)pp. Original white wrappers, lettered in mustard yellow and decorated in purple; very good.

£20

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COTTON, John, 1925-2003 : OH THOSE HAPPY FEET!

COTTON, John, 1925-2003 : OH THOSE HAPPY FEET!

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1986. First edition : limited to 250 copies. Inscribed, signed and dated (1989) by John Cotton on the title-page. A collection of fifteen poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). (32)pp. Original grey pictorial wrappers, lettered in black, and with a Rigby Graham illustration in electric blue on upper wrapper; small and faint mark on lower wrapper, but otherwise very good indeed.

£15

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE UPRIGHT POSITION.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE UPRIGHT POSITION.

Woodford Green : Poet & Printer, 1970. First edition : [one of an unstated number of copies in wrappers from a total edition of 450 copies]. A collection of fifty-four poems from the Liverpool poet, including “An Old Lady in Snakeskin Shoes”, “To a Part-Time Bastard”, “About Rhubarb”, “Gloomy Poem”, etc. Printed by Derek Maggs in collaboration with Alan Tarling. Loosely inserted are a signed 1971, typed note from the publisher, Alan Tarling, and a separately printed 1970 poem written by W. Price Turner for Alan Dixon – “Reading Poems over Brandy”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 44pp. Original blue wrappers, lettered on upper cover and spine in white; a few faint signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£25

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE UPRIGHT POSITION : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE UPRIGHT POSITION : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

Woodford Green : Poet & Printer, 1970. First edition : [one of an unstated number of copies in wrappers from a total edition of 450 copies]. A collection of fifty-four poems from the Liverpool poet, including “An Old Lady in Snakeskin Shoes”, “To a Part-Time Bastard”, “About Rhubarb”, “Gloomy Poem”, etc. Printed by Derek Maggs in collaboration with Alan Tarling. Loosely inserted is a separately printed 1970 poem written by W. Price Turner for Alan Dixon – “Reading Poems over Brandy”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 44pp. Original blue wrappers, lettered on upper cover and spine in white; very lightly rubbed, but a good copy.

£15

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE EGOTISTICAL DECLINE.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE EGOTISTICAL DECLINE.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1978. First edition : [one of 380 copies]. A collection of nineteen poems, including “Drunken Breton Sailor”, “The Wild Yorkshire Pudding”, “The Art Teacher”, etc. Loosely inserted are three items of printed press ephemera (bookmark, slip and flyer), and a short, signed typed letter on press notepaper from the publisher-printer, Alan Tarling.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 24pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in black and decorated in red on upper wrapper; very good.

£25

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1982. First edition : the publisher’s dummy for this collection of forty-two poems, extensively annotated by the printer-publisher, Alan Tarling, with his notes on misprints, etc. Loosely inserted are two 1984 signed, typed letters from Tarling on press notepaper discussing “the mock-up or dummy”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (56)pp. Stitched but unbound. A little used and fingered, but a very good example of a private press work-in-progress.

£40

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1982. First edition : [one of an unstated number of copies in boards from a total edition of 390 copies]. Complete with the separately printed errata slip. Forty-two poems, with decorations, including “Parties”, “Song of the Deck-Chairs”, “A Horse instead of a Husband”, etc. Loosely inserted are a single-page signed 1982 autograph letter from the publisher, Alan Tarling, concerning the book – “I had some trouble with the skiver for the spine” – and two signed two press flyers, with linocut illustrations.
Post 8vo (21cm). (56)pp. Original black skiver-backed boards, lettered in silver down spine, with black lettering and a linocut illustration in black and white on the grey upper board; very good.

£25

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DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

DIXON, Alan (Alan Michael), 1936- : THE IMMACULATE MAGPIES.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1982. First edition : [one of an unstated number of copies in wrappers from a total edition of 390 copies]. Complete with the separately printed errata slip. Forty-two poems, with decorations, including “Parties”, “Song of the Deck-Chairs”, “A Horse instead of a Husband”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (56)pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in black and with a linocut illustration in black and white on upper wrapper; very good.

£15

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DUDLEY, A.E. (Austin Edison), 1931-1998 : FAMILY TREE : A COLLECTION OF MODERN VERSE.

DUDLEY, A.E. (Austin Edison), 1931-1998 : FAMILY TREE : A COLLECTION OF MODERN VERSE.

London : Poet & Printer, 1968. First edition : [one of 350 copies]. A collection of twelve poems from the Staffordshire poet, including “A Dream of China Dolls”, “It Could Even be Angels”, “Radio Jazz”, etc. Loosely inserted is a printed note from the publisher, with a return address label.
Pott 4to (19cm). [16]pp. Original fawn stapled wrappers, lettered and decorated in green; very good.

£20

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DUNN, Peter (Peter Eric), 1918-1998 :  DEATH OF A SCARECROW.

DUNN, Peter (Peter Eric), 1918-1998 : DEATH OF A SCARECROW.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, (1984). First edition : [one of 500 copies]. A collection of thirty-three poems, including “Accidie”, “The Scape-Bird”, “Birthday Poem: In Memory of Dylan Thomas”, “Skeleton in Brighton Museum”, etc. A small label and a manuscript note to the verso of the title-page direct enquiries to Peter and Ruby Dunn at their Brighton address.
Post 8vo (21cm). (40)pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in black and brown, with a woodcut device by Alan Dixon on upper wrapper; a couple of tiny marks, but a very good copy.

£20

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FORBES, Peter, 1947- : THE AERIAL NOCTILUCA : POEMS 1976-1980.

FORBES, Peter, 1947- : THE AERIAL NOCTILUCA : POEMS 1976-1980.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1981. First edition : [one of 450 copies]. A collection of seventeen poems, including “Cricket”, “Late Night Radio”, “Minority Report”, etc. Loosely inserted is a signed 1981 pre-printed letter from the publisher, Alan Tarling, to the late B. C. Bloomfield, concerning the origins of the press, its more commercial work, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (24)pp. Original fawn wrappers, lettered in purple and with a design by Andrew Lawson in red; a very good copy indeed in the original mailing envelope.

£20

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FORBES, Peter, 1947- – editor : A POET’S 1982 : AN ANTHOLOGY OF ONE YEAR’S POETRY.

FORBES, Peter, 1947- – editor : A POET’S 1982 : AN ANTHOLOGY OF ONE YEAR’S POETRY.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1983. First edition. An anthology of the forty best poems of 1982 – Alison Brackenbury, Humphrey Clucas, Anthony Cronin, Martyn Crucefix, Tom Disch, U. A. Fanthorpe, James Fenton, Peter Levi, George MacBeth, Derek Mahon, John Mole, Blake Morrison, Peter Redgrove, Vernon Scannell, Derek Walcott, etc. Loosely inserted is a signed, dated (1983) autograph note from the publisher, Alan Tarling.
Post 8vo (21cm). (72)pp. Original fawn wrappers, printed in two shades of brown; just slightly bruised at one corner, but a very good and clean copy, in the original mailing wrapper.

£20

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FRY, Colin R. (Colin Richard), 1941- : WORDS FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING : SOME OF THE VERSE OF COLIN R FRY.

FRY, Colin R. (Colin Richard), 1941- : WORDS FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING : SOME OF THE VERSE OF COLIN R FRY.

London : Poet & Printer, 1965. First edition : [one of 100 copies]. A collection of twenty-one poems from the Ashford-born poet. This copy with two manuscript corrections to the text. The first Poet & Printer publication, the collection includes “Entertainer in the White House”, “An Apology for King Herod”, etc.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (20)pp. Original fawn stapled wrappers, lettered in red and black; staples rusting, but otherwise a good copy of a scarce and fragile item.

£20

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LOGUE, Christopher, 1926-2011 : THE WORDS OF CHRISTOPHER LOGUE’S ESTABLISHMENT SONGS ETCETERA.

LOGUE, Christopher, 1926-2011 : THE WORDS OF CHRISTOPHER LOGUE’S ESTABLISHMENT SONGS ETCETERA.

London : Poet & Printer, (1966). First edition : [one of 350 copies]. A collection of fourteen of the Greek Street songs.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (20)pp. Original stapled wrappers of brown paper over thin card, lettered on upper wrapper and spine in black; staples very slightly rusted; mild tanning of first and last leaves, but a very good copy of a fragile item. Loosely inserted is slip of brown paper advertising the publishers as “verse pamphleteers using the private press of Alan Tarling”.

£25

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MARKHAM, E.A. (Edward Archibald), 1939-2008 : GAMES AND PENALTIES : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

MARKHAM, E.A. (Edward Archibald), 1939-2008 : GAMES AND PENALTIES : A COLLECTION OF POEMS.

Hatch End : Poet & Printer, 1980. First edition : [one of 750 copies]. A collection of twenty poems from Archie Markham, the Montserrat-born poet. Includes “A Complacent Little Poem Meets a Revolutionary Big Poem”, “The Vengeance of Sheep”, “Words Fit to Eat”, etc.
Demy 8vo (21cm). 28pp. Original pale yellow wrappers, lettered in orange and brown; faintly marked, and lightly bruised, but still a good copy.

£20

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RITCHIE, Malcolm : TRANSMISSION 16469 : MADE FROM TRANSMISSIONS : 211268 61168 171068 WITH SENTENCEFRAGMENTSTREAMS FROM 8469 ...

RITCHIE, Malcolm : TRANSMISSION 16469 : MADE FROM TRANSMISSIONS : 211268 61168 171068 WITH SENTENCEFRAGMENTSTREAMS FROM 8469 ...

London : Poet & Printer, 1970. First edition : [one of 350 copies]. A prose-poem with graphics by the author. Loosely inserted are a signed autograph note from the publisher, Alan Tarling, concerning a delay in the appearance of this publication, and two separately printed press notices to Poet & Printer customers.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (20)pp. Original white wrappers, lettered in black; wrappers a little spotted, otherwise very good.

£20

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TEBB, Barry, 1942- : THE QUARREL WITH OURSELVES : VERSE.

TEBB, Barry, 1942- : THE QUARREL WITH OURSELVES : VERSE.

London : Poet & Printer, 1966. First edition : [one of 100 copies]. A collection of nineteen poems, including “Requiem on the Death of a Press Lord”, “Vincent van Gogh”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 20pp. Original fawn stapled wrappers, lettered on upper wrapper in black; wrappers very faintly tanned; staples rusted, but a good copy of a scarce publication.

£20

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TUCKER, Alan, 1933- : APPLE PEOPLE.

TUCKER, Alan, 1933- : APPLE PEOPLE.

Woodford Green : Poet & Printer, 1972. First edition : [one of 450 copies]. A collection of twenty-five poems, with colour-printed title-page and three full colour illustrations (two double-page) by Rigby Graham. Loosely inserted are a 1972 signed typed letter from the publisher, Alan Tarling, to the bibliographer, B. C. Bloomfield, concerning the ethos of Poet & Printer, and a press compliments slip with an initialled manuscript note from Tarling.
Post 8vo (20cm). (40)pp. Original cream wrappers, printed in purple; a very good copy in the blue dust-jacket, printed on upper panel and spine in silver – also very good.

£25

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