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SIRMIONE PENINSULA.

SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : SIRMIONE PENINSULA.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition. A poem in the New Series of the Ariel Poems.
Demy 8vo. [4]pp. Title-page, colour lithograph, and tailpiece by Lynton Lamb (1907-1977). Original wrappers, printed black on pale pink; a fine copy in the original printed envelope - the envelope slightly nicked and a touch dusty.

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SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : CHAOS AND CONTROL IN POETRY : A LECTURE DELIVERED AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS OCTOBER 11, 1965.

Washington : Library of Congress, 1966. First edition. The 1965 lecture - with much on T.S.Eliot.
Royal 8vo. [ii],14pp. Original stapled wrappers - a design in black and white; staples a little rusted; somewhat creased; some annotation, but a serviceable copy.

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W. H. AUDEN : A MEMORIAL ADDRESS BY STEPHEN SPENDER DELIVERED AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD ON 27 OCTOBER, 1973.

SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : W. H. AUDEN : A MEMORIAL ADDRESS BY STEPHEN SPENDER DELIVERED AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD ON 27 OCTOBER, 1973.

London : Privately Printed for Faber & Faber, (1973). First edition. Spender's graceful and gracious memorial tribute to a fellow poet and lifelong friend.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 10,[ii]pp. Original stiff cream wrappers, lettered in black; just a touch bruised; a few faint marks, but a very good copy of a fragile and uncommon item.

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SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : A SKULL CHANGED TO GLASS.

[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. Cream card, printed in red and black. Very good.

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HENRY MOORE O.M. : A MEMORIAL ADDRESS.

SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : HENRY MOORE O.M. : A MEMORIAL ADDRESS.

London : Faber & Faber, for the Henry Moore Foundation, (1987). First edition. Spender, who wrote the text for "Henry Moore : Sculptures in Landscape" in 1978 and the introduction to Moore's "Stonehenge" suite in 1974, here with the memorial address given at Westminster Abbey in November 1986.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in black; tiny mark on lower wrapper, otherwise a very good copy indeed.

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TWO POEMS : PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR HIS EIGHTY-SIXTH BIRTHDAY.

SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : TWO POEMS : PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR HIS EIGHTY-SIXTH BIRTHDAY.

London : Faber & Faber, (1995). First edition : limited to 100 copies for private distribution. Two poems - "Timothy Corsellis" (a substantially rewritten version of the 1941 poem) and "The Mythical Life and Love of D. H. Lawrence".
Medium 8vo (24cm). [8]pp. Original plain white wrappers; a very good copy indeed, clean and fresh, in the original blue-grey dust-jacket - also very good indeed. No copy located in any major UK library.

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