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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.

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BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE LETTERS OF RUPERT BROOKE : CHOSEN AND EDITED BY GEOFFREY KEYNES.

BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE LETTERS OF RUPERT BROOKE : CHOSEN AND EDITED BY GEOFFREY KEYNES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1968). First edition. An extensive selection of letters from Rugby, Italy, Cambridge, Grantchester, Lulworth, Germany, Canada, the South Seas, army camps and the Aegean – charting the whole of Brooke’s short life.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xvi),(710),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original light blue cloth, blocked in brown and ruled and lettered in gilt; top edge yellow; a very good copy in the original light blue, white and black dust-jacket – also very good.

£40

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BARKER, George (George Granville), 1913-1991 : POEMS OF PLACES AND PEOPLE.

BARKER, George (George Granville), 1913-1991 : POEMS OF PLACES AND PEOPLE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. Twenty-two poems and the poem sequence “Venusberg”, dedicated to Graham Greene — the poems mainly in remembrance of people — T. S. Eliot (who called Barker a genius — a view both shared and disputed by others), Herbert Read, Vernon Watkins, etc. — and specific places — Kew Gardens, Norfolk, Surrey, etc. Brought up in Battersea, Barker is variously remembered as the man who inspired Elizabeth Smart's “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”, drinking chum of Dylan Thomas, collaborator in writing pornography with Anaïs Nin, and as the father of fifteen children by four different women born over a period of forty years.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 80pp. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket — the jacket equally very good.

£25

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DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). First edition. . An early collection of thirty-nine poems, including “Modern Love”, “A Faber Melancholy”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 72pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£40

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1946). First edition. An early collection of twenty-eight poems, many foreshadowing the Alexandria Quartet. Includes “Eight Aspects of Melissa”, “Levant”, “Alexandria”, “Delos”, “Conon in Alexandria”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Original yellow cloth, lettered in gilt; fore-edge a little marked with a curious pink stain in two places, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the original pale blue dust-jacket, lettered in black and red – lightly worn at tips; a little marked and sunned, with a small chip to rear panel, but complete and by no means unattractive.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt rather than silver. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 184pp. Original quarter red cloth, with grey cloth sides, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a hint of tanning to endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – design in red and grey on white – just lightly used and slightly tanned. With the 1969 ownership inscription of Brian Morse. Sagar & Tabor A12a.i.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1977). First edition : with the misprint “soelmn” for “solemn” on p.75. “An Anglican clergyman is abducted by spirits into the other world ...”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 200pp. Original black cloth, lettered in orange and gilt; an excellent copy in the Leonard Baskin dust-jacket – price-clipped but otherwise fine. Sagar A51a.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1979). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies in hardback] – complete with the separately printed errata slip. A major collection of 125 poems, including “Dehorning”, “Coming Down Through Somerset” and “Teaching a Dumb Calf”, as well as the sequences “Prometheus on His Crag”, “Earth-Numb”, “Orts”, “Adam and the Sacred Nine”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (172),[iv]pp. Illustrations by Leonard Baskin (with an additional one by Hughes himself). Original red cloth, lettered in green and gilt; some very mild tanning to text (as always), but otherwise an excellent and bright copy in the original Baskin dust-jacket – also very good indeed. Sagar & Tabor A67.

£100

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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 – also very good – and with some related press-cuttings loosely inserted.

£40

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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. “I believe one should be able to control and manipulate experiences”. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including “Parliament Hill Fields”, “Stillborn”, “Heavy Women”, “Love Letter”, “Small Hours”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original blue cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; just a hint of rubbing; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just a little tanned, with a couple of spots on lower panel, but also very good.

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SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : 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 (22cm). [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 creased, nicked and a touch dusty.

£20

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