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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : POEMS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : POEMS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1930). First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. Auden's first regularly published book - a collection of thirty poems, including "Which of you waking early", "This lunar beauty", "On Sunday walks", etc. Also included is his first play, "Paid on Both Sides".
Foolscap 4to (203 x 152mm). (80)pp. Bound by Leo Lewis of the Ashley Bindery in 1972 in a very stylish full russet morocco, worked in blind in an overall grid design and lettered in gilt; original wrappers preserved; a few tiny marks and spots, but overall a very good copy - handsomely bound. Bloomfield A2a.

£750

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THE DANCE OF DEATH.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : THE DANCE OF DEATH.

London : Faber & Faber, (1933). First edition : [one of 1,200 copies]. "We present to you this evening a picture of the decline of a class, of how its members dream of a new life, but secretly desire the old, for there is death inside them ...".
Demy 8vo. (38),[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered on upper cover and spine in black; very lightly rubbed at foot; a few faint marks; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile early Auden, in the original dust-jacket - a typographic design in black and red on bright green - very faintly rubbed and just slightly nicked, but very good indeed. Bloomfield & Mendelson A4.

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SMITH, Janet Adam, 1905-1999 - editor : POEMS OF TOMORROW : AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY VERSE CHOSEN FROM THE LISTENER.

SMITH, Janet Adam, 1905-1999 - editor : POEMS OF TOMORROW : AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY VERSE CHOSEN FROM THE LISTENER.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1935. First edition. Includes three early poems by W. H. Auden, as well as early work by George Barker, Gavin Ewart, David Gascoyne, John Hewitt, Louis MacNeice, Edwin Muir, Herbert Read, Stephen Spender, Dylan Thomas, T. H. White and many more. Edited and introduced by Janet Adam Smith.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [xvi],(136)pp. Original blue-green cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; top edge blue; cloth a little sunned and slightly spotted; a few slight spots, but a good and sound copy. From the collection of the late B. C. Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer. Bloomfield R8.

£20

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1938). First edition. A play in prose and verse - intrigue and conflict between two imaginary neighbouring countries, with pronounced echoes of contemporary politics.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (124),[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good and bright copy in a very lightly rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket. Bloomfield A18a.

£125

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1938). First edition. A review copy, with the publishers' slip loosely inserted. A play in prose and verse - intrigue and conflict between two imaginary neighbouring countries, with pronounced echoes of contemporary politics.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (124),[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good, bright and partly unopened copy in a very lightly worn and slightly tanned dust-jacket. Bloomfield A18a.

£125

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : NONES.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : NONES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1952). First British edition. A collection of thirty-two poems, including "The Love Feat", "The Air Port", "Pleasure Island", "Not in Baedeker" and "A Walk after Dark".
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a typographic design in blue and black on orange - just lightly used and a little sunned at spine. With some interesting lightly pencilled annotation, with glosses in Italian. Bloomfield & Mendelson A32b.

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition. A poem in the New Series of the Ariel Poems.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Title-page, colour lithograph, and tailpiece by Edward Bawden. Original self-wrappers, printed black on pale yellow; a fine copy in the original pink envelope - itself near fine. Bloomfield & Mendelson A34.

£25

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : ORATIO CREWEIANA MCMLVIII.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : ORATIO CREWEIANA MCMLVIII.

[Oxford : Oxford University Press], 1958. First edition : [one of 1,500 copies]. The Latin and English texts of Auden's June 1958 formal oration as Professor of Poetry at Oxford.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (24)pp. Original white stapled self-wrappers, printed in black; staples just slightly rusted, but a very good copy. Together with a photocopy of the similar 1956 publication (G25). From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer. Bloomfield & Mendelson G26.

£25

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : ORATIO CREWEIANA MDCCCCLX.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : ORATIO CREWEIANA MDCCCCLX.

[Oxford : Oxford University Press], 1960. First edition: [one of 1,500 copies]. The Latin and English texts of Auden's June 1960 formal oration as Professor of Poetry at Oxford.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (16)pp. Original white stapled self-wrappers, printed in black; staples a little rusted, but otherwise a very good copy. From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer. Bloomfield & Mendelson G27.

£25

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : THE CAVE OF MAKING.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : THE CAVE OF MAKING.

Darmstadt : J. G. Bläschke Verlag, (1965). First edition : [one of 1,500 copies]. Two Auden poems - including one in memory of Louis MacNeice. A parallel English/German text edition, with the German translations by Dieter Leisegang.
Demy 8vo (21cm). [24]pp. Frontispiece. Original pale yellow stiffened wrappers, printed in black; a few very faint marks, but a very good copy. From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer. Bloomfield & Mendelson A50.

£20

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COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS : 1927-1957.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS : 1927-1957.

London : Faber & Faber, (1966). First edition. The best of Auden - over 170 poems from the major portion of his career.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (352)pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edge a little spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket - just lightly used. Bloomfield & Mendelson A56a.

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WALTON, William (Sir William Turner), 1902-1983 & AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : THE TWELVE : WORDS BY W. H. AUDEN.

WALTON, William (Sir William Turner), 1902-1983 & AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : THE TWELVE : WORDS BY W. H. AUDEN.

London : Oxford University Press, (1966). First edition. The sheet music for Walton's "Anthem for the Feast of Any Apostle", first performed at Oxford in 1965, together with Auden's words.
Royal 8vo (26cm). [ii],30pp. Original brown and pale yellow stapled wrappers; price label of the American distributor on upper wrapper, but otherwise a very good copy. From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer. Bloomfield & Mendelson B97.

£25

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 - contributor : PAUL BUNYAN.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 - contributor : PAUL BUNYAN.

London : English Music Theatre Company, [1976]. First edition. The programme for the 1976 first European production of the Britten/Auden operetta - including the text of Auden's 1941 New York Times essay "Most myths are poetical history ...".
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [12]pp. Original white wrappers, printed in red and blue; very good.

£15

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : SUE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 23.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : SUE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 23.

Oxford : Sycamore Press, (1977). First edition. A previously unpublished dark and cautionary ballad from the nineteen-thirties. Loosely inserted is an autograph post-card from the publisher, John Fuller, signed "John F.", to the late B. C. Bloomfield (Auden's bibliographer) concerning a 1923 Auden notebook, etc.
Post 8vo. Single white sheet, printed in blue and black, folding to form three leaves; fine.

£25

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MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : EARLY AUDEN.

MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : EARLY AUDEN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1983). First British edition. A dedication copy, with the publishers' compliments slip loosely inserted, and from the collection of Barry and Valerie Bloomfield, the dedicatees. Professor Mendelson had collaborated with Barry Bloomfield on the Auden bibliography. A history and interpretation of the work to 1939.
Foolscap 4to (25cm). (xxiv),(408)pp. Original boards; very good in the dust-jacket - and with some related press-cuttings loosely inserted.

£40

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 - contributor : OXFORD POETRY. VOL.I NO.3. SPRING 1984.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 - contributor : OXFORD POETRY. VOL.I NO.3. SPRING 1984.

Oxford : Oxford Poetry, 1984. The Spring 1984 issue of the magazine. Includes ten previously unpublished Auden poems, also poems by Richard Murphy, Simon Rae and others, interviews with Stephen Spender and Terry Eagleton, etc. Loosely inserted is a single-page 1984 autograph letter from the editor, Nicholas Jenkins, to Auden's bibliographer, B. C. Bloomfield.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). [ii],79-128pp. Original cream stapled wrappers, lettered in green; very good indeed. From the collection of the late Barry Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer.

£20

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : PLAYS AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN : 1928-1938.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : PLAYS AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN : 1928-1938.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, (1988). First edition. Plays, documentary filmscripts, cabaret and wireless scripts, etc., with full critical notes and apparatus. The first volume of the Complete Works, edited by Edward Mendelson. A presentation copy, with the author's (i.e. Mendelson's) compliments slip loosely inserted. From the collection of the late B. C. Bloomfield, who collaborated with Mendelson on the Auden bibliography.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [2],(xxxiv),680,[ii],[2]pp. Original burgundy cloth, blocked in black and ruled and lettered in gilt; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, also just a touch bruised.

£30

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & KALLMAN, Chester, 1921-1975 : LIBRETTI AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN 1939-1973.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & KALLMAN, Chester, 1921-1975 : LIBRETTI AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN 1939-1973.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, (1993). First edition. Libretti, radio plays, film narratives, lyrics, translations, etc., with full critical notes and apparatus. The second volume of the Complete Works, edited by Edward Mendelson. From the collection of the late B. C. Bloomfield, Auden's bibliographer.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [2],xxxvi,758,[iv]pp. Original burgundy cloth, blocked in black and ruled and lettered in gilt; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the maroon, black and white dust-jacket, also just a touch bruised.

£40

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MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : LATER AUDEN.

MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : LATER AUDEN.

New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1999). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to "Barry & Val [Bloomfield] - who let this happen" and signed with forename by the author. (Mendelson had earlier collaborated with Barry Bloomfield on Auden's bibliography). The highly thought-of biography of Auden's later life.
Crown 4to (24cm). xxii,570pp. Original cloth; a very good copy in a just slightly bruised dust-jacket.

£40

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