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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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BLUNDEN, Edmund (Edmund Charles), 1896-1974 : PASTORALS : A BOOK OF VERSES BY E. C. BLUNDEN.

BLUNDEN, Edmund (Edmund Charles), 1896-1974 : PASTORALS : A BOOK OF VERSES BY E. C. BLUNDEN.

London : Erskine Macdonald, (1916). First edition : [one of 1050 copies]. Edmund Blunden’s first regularly published work – a collection of twenty-one poems, including “By Chanctonbury”, “Song of Summer Midnight”, “The Memory of Kent”, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 36,[viii]pp. Original pale brown wrappers, ruled, blocked and lettered in two shades of blue; just lightly bruised, but a very good copy and partially unopened copy of this fragile production, with just the faintest hint of wear to tips. Kirkpatrick A7.

£75

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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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BULLOCK, Michael (Michael Hale), 1918-2008 – editor : EXPRESSION.

BULLOCK, Michael (Michael Hale), 1918-2008 – editor : EXPRESSION.

Harrow : Michael Bullock / London : Ian Robinson, (1966-1970). A complete run of all twelve issues of Bullock’s poetry quarterly. Contributors include Anne Beresford, Bullock himself, Marcus Cumberlege, Marguerite Edmonds, James Kirkup, Alan Massey, Gerda Mayer, Susan Musgrave, Michael Schmidt, Eddie Wainwright, Nigel Wells, etc. – with illustrations and cover designs by Victor Bunn, Miriam Cartwright, Peter Johns, Sonia Lawson, Dick Platt, Deirdre Storey, Olga Sullivan, etc.
Twelve issues. Foolscap 4to (22cm). The set bound, retaining all wrappers, etc., in a neat contemporary buckram; very good.

£75

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BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.

BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.

London : Fulcrum Press, (1968). First edition : the trade issue. “These verses were written here and there now and then over forty years and four continents. Heaped together they make a book”. The first collected and readily accessible edition of Bunting’s work. Over sixty poems, including “Briggflatts”, “I am Agog for Foam”, “Gin the Goodwife Stint”, “The Orotova Road”, “This I Write, Mix Ink with Tears”, etc.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 160pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in gilt; just a touch sunned, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Barnett Newman dust-jacket – price-clipped, but also very good. Small bookseller’s label of Scott Martin of San Francisco on rear paste-down.

£100

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BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.

BUNTING, Basil (Basil Cheesman), 1900-1985 : COLLECTED POEMS.

London : Fulcrum Press, (1968). First edition : the trade issue. “These verses were written here and there now and then over forty years and four continents. Heaped together they make a book”. The first collected and readily accessible edition of Bunting’s work. Over sixty poems, including “Briggflatts”, “I am Agog for Foam”, “Gin the Goodwife Stint”, “The Orotova Road”, “This I Write, Mix Ink with Tears”, etc.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 160pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in gilt; small areas of faint discolouration to covers; some large spots to edges; a good and still bright copy in the original Barnett Newman dust-jacket – a design in black and white – the jacket used but complete – a little rubbed, soiled, lightly repaired and faintly damp-stained.

£25

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CHIARI, Joseph, -1989 : THE EAGLE OF PROMETHEUS.

CHIARI, Joseph, -1989 : THE EAGLE OF PROMETHEUS.

Ashford : Hand & Flower Press, (1953). First edition. A collection of forty-one poems from the Corsican-born poet and diplomat, friend and biographer of T. S. Eliot. Includes “Enigma”, “Journey under the Sea”, “Let there be Peace”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (70),[ii]pp. Original marbled wrapperss, lettered in darker grey; slightly bruised, but still a very good copy.

£20

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CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : THE GLANCE BACKWARD : NEW POEMS.

CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : THE GLANCE BACKWARD : NEW POEMS.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1930). First edition : limited to 750 copies. A collection of sixty-two poems, with illustrations by the gifted Robert Austin (1895-1973). Includes “Water Music”, “Solstices”, “The Winter Students”, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (xii),(92)pp. Illustrations. Original fawn buckram, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; very mild tanning of endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : FAREWELL TO POESY AND OTHER PIECES.

DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : FAREWELL TO POESY AND OTHER PIECES.

London : A. C. Fifield, 1910. First edition : with the advertisements at rear and on lower cover dated February 21, 1910. Thirty-seven poems, including “On Expecting Some Books”.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 60,[iv]pp. Original grey boards, printed in black; some spotting, mainly of edges, endleaves and prelims, but a very good, crisp and partly unopened copy of this fragile production.

£25

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DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : NATURE.

DAVIES, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940 : NATURE.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1914). First edition. An autobiographical essay, interspersed with some poems. In the Fellowship Books series.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [ii],(56),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; lightly sunned; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary (1918) ownership inscription.

£20

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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. Signed by Douglas Dunn on the title-page. 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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EWART, Gavin (Gavin Buchanan), 1916-1995 : THE GAVIN EWART SHOW : POEMS BY GAVIN EWART.

EWART, Gavin (Gavin Buchanan), 1916-1995 : THE GAVIN EWART SHOW : POEMS BY GAVIN EWART.

London : Trigram Press, (1971). First edition : the wrappers issue. Signed by Gavin Ewart on the title-page, with the date of January 1976 in another hand. A collection of thirty-nine poems — as Philip Larkin noted, “well-shaped pieces, freaked with pain and absurdity” — including “On the Death of an Unpleasant Executive”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “Soho and West, Saturday Morning”, “Intimations of Mortality on the Lower Richmond Road”, “The Only Emperor is the Emperor of Ice Cream”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). (64)pp. Title-page and cover designs by Michael Foreman. Original flesh-coloured (the publisher’s description) wrappers, printed in brown and puce; a very good copy.

£25

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FISHER, A.S.T. (Arthur Stanley Theodore), 1906-1989 : SELECTED POEMS.

FISHER, A.S.T. (Arthur Stanley Theodore), 1906-1989 : SELECTED POEMS.

Oxford : by the Author, (1978). First edition. A selection of forty-two poems from the years 1925-1975. A presentation copy – loosely inserted is a 1980 single-page signed autograph letter from Fisher to the late B. C. Bloomfield, both making a gift of the book and discussing Fisher’s unpublished autobiography “At Auden’s Oxford” (it was Fisher who introduced Auden to Isherwood). Also inserted is the author’s flyer for the book, with autobiographical notes, etc.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). [vi],(66)pp. Original pale blue wrappers, lettered and decorated on upper wrapper in black; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£25

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GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : SHARP SCORPIONS : POEMS.

GARDINER, Wrey (Charles Wrey), 1901-1981 : SHARP SCORPIONS : POEMS.

Billericay : Grey Walls Press, 1941 [i.e.1940]. First edition. A scarce early collection of sixty-one poems, including “Escaped Parrot”, “Old City Walls”, “Fair Maids of February”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [xiv],(74)pp. Original grey canvas, lettered in green; top edge just a touch dusty, but a very good copy in the original pink and blue marbled dust-jacket – a little worn and slightly sunned. Dated contemporary gift inscription (1941) to N. K. Banister from B. P. on fly.

£20

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GOWAR, Mick (Michael Robert), 1951- : SO FAR SO GOOD : POEMS.

GOWAR, Mick (Michael Robert), 1951- : SO FAR SO GOOD : POEMS.

London : Penguin Books, (1989). Second edition : a revised version of the original 1986 collection. Inscribed, signed and dated (1990) by Mick Gowar. Twenty-four poems, including “King of the Kurzel”, “Space Invader”, “The Blind Eye of the Little Sony God”, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). (80)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Debbie Hinks; very good.

£15

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GRAHAM, Henry, 1930-2019 : GOOD LUCK TO YOU KAFKA / YOU’LL NEED IT BOSS.

GRAHAM, Henry, 1930-2019 : GOOD LUCK TO YOU KAFKA / YOU’LL NEED IT BOSS.

London : Rapp & Whiting, (1969). First edition : one of 100 numbered copies signed by Henry Graham. A collection of forty-five poems from the Liverpool poet, including “Egg Plant in Paradise Street”, “Ten Samuel Palmer Paintings”, “Goldfish Room”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [ii],62,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; a few slight spots; small neat decorative stamp on front free endpaper, but a good copy in the original Lawrence Edwards dust-jacket – a design in black and white – price-clipped, slightly worn and lightly rubbed.

£25

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GRAHAM, Henry, 1930-2019 : PASSPORT TO EARTH.

GRAHAM, Henry, 1930- : PASSPORT TO EARTH.

London : Rapp & Whiting / André Deutsch, (1971). First edition : the hardback issue. Signed by Henry Graham on the title-page. A collection of twenty-nine poems from the Liverpool poet, including “Breakfast with Kafka”, “The Waltz of the Sea”, “Birds Make Ornithologists”, etc. “From his earliest output to the very end, his highly recognisable poetic voice had a distinctive style based on a dry, ironic wit” (from Brian Wake’s Guardian obituary, 20th March 2019).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (48)pp. Original blue-brown weave boards; very good in the original Kaye Bellman dust-jacket – a design in black, red and white – just faintly spotted on inner flaps, but also very good.

£25

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GRAHAM, Henry, 1930-2019 : THE VERY FRAGANT DEATH OF PAUL GAUGUIN.

GRAHAM, Henry, 1930-2019 : THE VERY FRAGANT DEATH OF PAUL GAUGUIN.

Hungerford : Rivelin Grapheme Press, 1987. First edition. Inscribed and signed by Henry Graham. Thirty-four poems, with illustrations by Don McKinlay. Includes “Yellow Morning”, “Terminal Ward”, “Bedtime with Kafka”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (52)pp. Original white wrappers, lettered in black and illustrated in red; very good.

£20

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HALSEY, Alan, 1949- : KLONDYKE.

HALSEY, Alan, 1949- : KLONDYKE.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Galloping Dog Press, 1985. First edition. A collection of eighteen poems and text sequences.
Post 4to (27cm). [30]pp. Original cream wrappers, ruled, lettered and with two Halsey designs in black; very slightly dusty and bruised, but still a very good copy.

£20

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HARWOOD, Lee (Travers Rafe Lee), 1939-2015 : ROPE BOY TO THE RESCUE.

HARWOOD, Lee (Travers Rafe Lee), 1939-2015 : ROPE BOY TO THE RESCUE.

Twickenham / Wakefield : North and South, (1988). First edition. A collection of twenty-two poems, etc., with illustrations by Peter Bailey. Includes “Foolish Pride”, “Fairy Flash”, “Windowsill”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). (56)pp. Original pale green wrappers, with illustrated white panels printed in black; a very good copy indeed.

£20

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HENRI, Adrian, 1932-2000 : AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

HENRI, Adrian, 1932-2000 : AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1971). First edition : the hardback issue. A presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher, the late Tom Maschler (1933-2020) — “for Tom, new poems for my new publisher — with love thanks”, signed in full, and dated January 1972. Autobiographical poem sequences from the most senior of the “Mersey Sound” poets — pre-war Liverpool, wartime in Rhyl, student days in Paris, a holiday in Norway, dialectics in Hampstead, Aldermaston marches, schoolteacher in the provinces, return to Liverpool and growing fame as performer, poet and painter.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 46,[ii]pp. Original lavender-grey boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good, clean, and sound copy in the M. Mohan dust-jacket — the jacket with some faint suggestion of wear to the extremities, but also very good.

£200

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HOROVITZ, Frances (Frances Margaret Hooker), 1938-1983 : A CELEBRATION OF AND FOR FRANCES HOROVITZ (1938-1983).

HOROVITZ, Frances (Frances Margaret Hooker), 1938-1983 : A CELEBRATION OF AND FOR FRANCES HOROVITZ (1938-1983).

Stroud : New Departures, 1984. Second edition : adds three poems, fifteen photographs and the Jane Percival portrait to the original publication issued earlier in 1984. A memorial selection of Frances Horovitz poems, with poems in her honour by Kathleen Raine, Jeff Nuttall, Michael Horovitz, etc. Edited by Michael Horovitz.
Demy 8vo (21cm). 56pp. Photo illustrations. Original photographic stapled wrappers; lightly used and slightly rubbed, but a good copy.

£15

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HOUSTON, Libby (Elizabeth Maynard), 1941- : A LITTLE TREACHERY.

HOUSTON, Libby (Elizabeth Maynard), 1941- : A LITTLE TREACHERY.

London : Circle Press, 1990. First edition : limited to 120 numbered copies. A poem.
Foolscap folio (30cm). [12]pp – the two central leaves folding out to display a hand-coloured drypoint by Julia Farrer. Original dove-grey wrappers, lettered in black; very good indeed.

£50

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JAY, Peter (Peter Anthony Charles), 1945- – editor : NEW MEASURE : A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF POETRY.

JAY, Peter (Peter Anthony Charles), 1945- – editor : NEW MEASURE : A QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF POETRY.

Oxford / Northwood : Donald Parsons & Co. / Peter Jay, 1965-1969. A complete run of all ten issues of Jay’s sixties poetry magazine, including new poems by W. H. Auden (1), Gavin Bantock (18), Alan Brownjohn (1), Jack Clemo (1), Marcus Cumberlege (9), Louise Glück (13), Lee Harwood (4), John Heath-Stubbs (3), Anselm Hollo (3), Michael Horovitz (2), Peter Levi (3), Christopher Middleton (2), Tom Raworth (7), Vernon Scannell (1), Peter Scupham (3), Gary Snyder (7), D. M. Thomas (8), etc.
Ten issues. Demy 8vo (23cm). Bound, retaining original wrappers, etc., in a smart red buckram; very good.

£50

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JENKINS, Alan, 1955- : GREENHEART.

JENKINS, Alan, 1955- : GREENHEART.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1990). First edition. Signed and dated (1996) by Alan Jenkins. A collection of twenty-seven poems, including “Babes”, “The Night Watch”, “The London Dissector”, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). 64pp. Original pictorial wrappers, a design primarily in grey and green, with a Francis Bacon picture on upper wrapper; some minor creasing, but a very good copy.

£20

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JONES, R.H. (Robert Hughes) : CANEUON.

JONES, R.H. (Robert Hughes) : CANEUON.

Lerpwl [Liverpool] : Hugh Evans a’i Feibion, 1927. First edition. An extensive collection of some 150 poems (Telynegion and Adroddiadau) in Welsh.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 160pp. Original grey patterned wrappers, printed in black and green; just a little rubbed and worn; some minor spotting; but a very good copy of a scarce work. Name crossed through on half-title.

£25

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LALIC, Ivan V., 1931-1996 : THE PASSIONATE MEASURE.

LALIC, Ivan V., 1931-1996 : THE PASSIONATE MEASURE.

Dublin : Dedalus Press, (1989). First complete edition in English of “Strasna Mera”. Fifty-two poems from a major European poet, translated by Francis R. Jones. This copy signed by both Lalic and the translator.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (94),[ii]pp. Original white and maroon pictorial wrappers; very good indeed.

£20

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LOMAS, Herbert, 1924-2011 : FIRE IN THE GARDEN.

LOMAS, Herbert, 1924-2011 : FIRE IN THE GARDEN.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1984. First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1984) by Herbert Lomas. A collection thirty-eight poems, including “St. Martin in the Fields”, “Nunhead Cemetery”, “Murder in the Public Sector”, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 64pp. Original pictorial monochrome wrappers, lettered in red and white; a touch rubbed, but very good.

£20

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McGOUGH, Roger (Roger Joseph), 1937- : AFTER THE MERRYMAKING.

McGOUGH, Roger (Roger Joseph), 1937- : AFTER THE MERRYMAKING.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1971). First edition : the scarce hardback issue. At that time probably better-known for his membership of “The Scaffold”, and in particular “Lily the Pink”, but here with his third solo collection of poems and already en route to becoming President of the Poetry Society. Forty-seven poems in three sequences — “There is the off-beat sense of humour and the compulsive juggling with sounds and appearances of words. But behind the smile is a very serious man with a highly individualistic perception, savagely satirical, and surprisingly lyrical” (Belfast Telegraph, 3rd December 1971).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (72)pp. Original brown boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; tiny bruise to one corner; a few faint spots to front endpaper, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in M. Mohan dust-jacket — the jacket, barring a handful of spots to front flap and the merest suggestion of rubbing to head, in excellent state.

£125

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McKUEN, Rod (Rodney Marvin), 1933-2015 : LONESOME CITIES.

McKUEN, Rod (Rodney Marvin), 1933-2015 : LONESOME CITIES.

London : Michael Joseph, (1971). First British edition. Signed by McKuen on the half-title. A collection of over forty love poems and lyrics from the Californian singer-songwriter — “The Art of Catching Trains”, followed by poems for San Francisco, Paris, Venice, London, Cheyenne, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Gstaad, and two further sequences. Reportedly the best-selling poet in history at that point, with his own television show on the BBC in 1971 — “The masses ate him up with a spoon, while highbrow literary critics roasted him on a spit” (Julia Keller). Interesting now to contrast his reputation with that of his friend and frequent collaborator, Jacques Brel.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [viii],(112),[vi]pp. Original fawn cloth, lettered in silver; just a little bruised; top edge spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the David Nutter dust-jacket — the jacket a little rubbed and worn, but complete and without tears. Contemporary ownership inscription of Yvette Smith of the Wirral.

£25

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir (Vladimir Ilyushchenko), 1893-1930 : MAYAKOVSKY AND HIS POETRY.

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir (Vladimir Ilyushchenko), 1893-1930 : MAYAKOVSKY AND HIS POETRY.

London : Pilot Press, [1942]. First edition. The first extensive collection of Mayakovsky’s work to appear in English – with his autobiographical “I Myself”, poems from the various periods of his career, a selection of his illustrations, etc. Compiled and edited by Herbert Marshall, who also provides the majority of the translations.
Crown 8vo (19cm). iv,(152)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original plain white wrappers; text a little browned, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket printed in red-brown and black – the jacket just lightly used.

£40

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MORTON, J.B. (John Bingham), 1893-1979 : THE DANCING CABMAN AND OTHER VERSES.

MORTON, J.B. (John Bingham), 1893-1979 : THE DANCING CABMAN AND OTHER VERSES.

London : Frederick Muller, (1938). First edition. The collected edition of Morton’s ‘Beachcomber’ verses – including some previously unpublished. With illustrations and decorations by Nicolas Bentley. Includes “Horrible Araminta”, “Lovely Big Cow”, “The Danger of Queer Hats”, “Epitaph for a Foolish Lady”, “Song for a Hunted Financier” – and the Zoological Verses: “I think the hippopotamus, Is really almost one of us; Even the way he eats his grub, Reminds me of the Savage Club ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(160)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in darker blue; some tanning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and firm copy in the original Nicolas Bentley dust-jacket – a design in orange, white, yellow and black – faintly sunned, price-clipped, slightly nicked, small chip from lower panel, and with some small tape reinforcements on verso.

£50

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MOTION, Andrew (Sir Andrew), 1952- : A LONG STORY. MOTION, Andrew (Sir Andrew), 1952- : A LONG STORY.

MOTION, Andrew (Sir Andrew), 1952- : A LONG STORY.

Bath : Old School Press, 2001. First edition : one of twenty copies (of 230) reserved in sheets for binders and signed by both Andrew Motion and the illustrator, Simon Brett. Four extended poems from the then Poet Laureate, delicately hand-printed on Magnani paper, illustrated with evocative and atmospheric wood-engravings by Simon Brett.
Post 4to (271 x 190mm). [48]pp. Four wood-engraved illustrations. Bound in black morocco, with delicately shaded pale morocco onlays, in an exquisite designer binding by Kate Holland, winner of the 2006 Mansfield Medal and First Prize for Best Book in the annual Designer Binders’ competition – the present binding dating from the same period; delicately marbled edges and endpapers; the binding housed in its original velvet-lined black cloth box, decorated with a crescent moon. A fine copy of a beautiful book.

£2,000

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O’NEILL, Michael, 1953- : THE STRIPPED BED.

O’NEILL, Michael, 1953- : THE STRIPPED BED.

London : Collins Harvill, 1990. First edition. His first poetry collection – forty-eight poems, including “Airfix”, “An Imperfect Spy”, “Zip Code”, etc. – from the award-winning poet. “Once or twice in a decade, certainly not more often, an original talent emerges” (Alan Ross).
Demy 8vo (22cm). 64pp. Original white and blue wrappers, lettered in black, and with a Michael Andrews painting in colour on upper wrapper; very good.

£20

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PARR, Stephen, 1947- : TANTRIS.

PARR, Stephen, 1947- : TANTRIS.

London : Pennyfields Press, (1986). First edition : one of 100 regular copies (of 120). A long poem in ten parts, with photo illustrations, notes, etc.
Crown 4to (24cm). (32)pp. Original monochrome pictorial wrappers; very good.

£20

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PATTEN, Brian, 1946- : THE IRRELEVANT SONG.

PATTEN, Brian, 1946- : THE IRRELEVANT SONG.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1971). First edition : the hardback issue. His third collection of poetry — over forty poems, including “At Four O’Clock in the Morning”, “Through All Your Abstract Reasoning”, “Heroine Bitches”, “Interruption at the Opera House”, etc. “A sensibility profoundly aware of the ever-present possibility of the magical and the miraculous, as well as of the granite-hard realities. These are undiluted poems, beautifully calculated, informed — even in their darkest moments — with courage and hope” (Charles Causley).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original black cloth, lettered in silver; top edge black; an excellent copy, bright, clean, and sound, in the Meg Rutherford dust-jacket — the jacket equally good, fresh, and unworn.

£75

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PAZ, Octavio, 1914-1998 : CONFIGURATIONS.

PAZ, Octavio, 1914-1998 : CONFIGURATIONS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1971). First edition in English. The first major collection of poetry by the Mexican Nobel Prize winner to be published in the British Isles — Paz at that time lecturing at Cambridge. Poems from his collections “Salamandra” (1958-1961) and “Ladera Este” (1962-1968), together with the stand-alone poems “Sun Stone” (1957) and “Blanco” (1966) — all given in parallel Spanish and English text versions — the translations by Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser, Charles Tomlinson and others, as well as Paz himself.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],198pp. Original aubergine boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; slightly bruised at head; top edge a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the Leigh Taylor dust-jacket — the jacket just a touch sunned, but with only the faintest signs of use and also very good.

£50

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PLOMER, William (William Charles Franklyn), 1903-1973 : A CHOICE OF BALLADS.

PLOMER, William (William Charles Franklyn), 1903-1973 : A CHOICE OF BALLADS.

London : for Private Distribution by Jonathan Cape, 1960. First edition : limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by William Plomer and intended as a Christmas gift from the publisher. A card with the publisher’s Christmas good wishes is loosely inserted. Twelve poems selected from Plomer’s “Collected Poems”, including “A Ticket for the Reading Room”, “Mews Flat Mona”, “The Caledonian Market”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 48pp. Original quarter red buckram, grey-green patterned boards, blocked and lettered in red and gold; top edge red; slight spotting to prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the original acetate dust-jacket – just very faintly nicked.

£20

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PRESS, John (John Bryant) 1920-2007 : UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER POEMS.

PRESS, John (John Bryant) 1920-2007 : UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER POEMS.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. Signed by John Press on the title-page. His first collection – fifty-six poems, including “Unused Words”, “The Mikado”, “The Earl of Rochester”, “To a Dead Lady”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,(104)pp. Original blue and white patterned boards, lettered in black; white title-label lettered in black on spine; a few slight marks and spots, but a very good copy in the original acetate dust-jacket – a little wrinkled and with the paper inner flaps crinkled and creased.

£25

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PRESS, John (John Bryant) 1920-2007 : GUY FAWKES NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS.

PRESS, John (John Bryant) 1920-2007 : GUY FAWKES NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS.

London : Oxford University Press, 1959. First edition. Signed by John Press on the title-page. Loosely inserted is a 1985 2pp autograph letter from Press, signed with forename, concerning a reading by women poets, etc. A collection of fifty-five poems, including “Kipling in Excelsis”, “The Backs in February”, “Salthouse, Norfolk”, “Advice to Sadists”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),68pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in silver; a few faint spots to top edge; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in yellow, black and red – just lightly used and sunned, but otherwise still very good.

£20

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PRICE, Jonathan, 1931-1985 : PRIVATE VIEW.

PRICE, Jonathan, 1931-1985 : PRIVATE VIEW.

London : Valerie Parry, 1985. First edition : limited to 230 copies, signed by the illustrator, Simon Brett. A collection of nine poems, printed at the Rocket Press. Loosely inserted is a single-page 1985 signed typed letter from Anthony Baker (of the Gruffyground Press) concerning the poet’s death shortly before the collection was published.
Imperial 8vo (30cm). [16]pp. Wood engraving by Simon Brett. Original blue wrappers, with a white label on upper wrapper, lettered in black and blue; a few tiny marks, but a very good copy.

£25

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SPENCER, Bernard, 1909-1963 : THE TWIST IN THE PLOTTING : TWENTY FIVE POEMS.

SPENCER, Bernard, 1909-1963 : THE TWIST IN THE PLOTTING : TWENTY FIVE POEMS.

[Reading] : Printed in the School of Art, University of Reading, 1960. First edition : limited to 150 copies – this copy not numbered, but marked “Proof” in manuscript. Includes “Mediterranean Suburbs”, “Regent’s Park Terrace”, “Morning in Madrid”, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [4],(32),[4]pp. Original cream wrappers, lettered in black; bruised at one corner; wrappers a little tanned; but a good, sound and clean copy.

£20

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SPENCER, Bernard, 1909-1963 : COLLECTED POEMS.

SPENCER, Bernard, 1909-1963 : COLLECTED POEMS.

London : Alan Ross, 1965. First edition. A definitive edition of Spencer’s work, including all the poems from his two earlier collections as well as ten previously unpublished poems from the Vienna period.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [vi],96,[ii]pp. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a design principally in turquoise, brown and white – the jacket clean, fresh and unworn.

£20

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“STRUTHER, Jan” – [ANSTRUTHER, Joyce, 1901-1953] : SYCAMORE SQUARE AND OTHER VERSES.

“STRUTHER, Jan” – [ANSTRUTHER, Joyce, 1901-1953] : SYCAMORE SQUARE AND OTHER VERSES.

London : Methuen & Co., (1932). First edition. The author of “Mrs Miniver” with ten poems, including “The Muffin Man”, relating to a quiet and small London square, followed by ten on the London telephone districts, Avenue, Frobisher, Gulliver, Mayfair, Victoria, etc., and a further eight whimsical pieces on contemporary topics. Illustrated throughout with great charm by Ernest H. Shepard.
Demy 8vo (22cm). viii,(64)pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial cloth gilt; lightly rubbed and a touch dulled; endpapers a little tanned; a few spots and minor signs of use, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of G. G. D. Stevenson dated Christmas 1932.

£15

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SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : THE SECOND MAN : POEMS.

SYMONS, Julian (Julian Gustave), 1912-1994 : THE SECOND MAN : POEMS.

London : George Routledge & Sons, (1943). First edition. A dedicatory poem to Roy Fuller and thirty-five further poems, including “Clapham Common”, “Hart Crane”, “Ventnor”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm) 48pp. Original quarter black cloth, ivory boards, lettered in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good and bright copy in the original ivory dust-jacket, printed in olive and black – just lightly used and with a small inked calculation on lower panel.

£20

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TABORSKI, Boleslaw, 1927-2010 : FOR THE WITNESSES.

TABORSKI, Boleslaw, 1927-2010 : FOR THE WITNESSES.

London : Poets’ and Painters’ Press, 1978. First edition. A collection of forty-five poems – including poems on T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves and W. H. Auden. A review copy, with the publishers’ slip loosely inserted.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (78),[ii]pp. Original grey wrappers, printed in red and black; slightly bruised, but otherwise very good in the original white dust-jacket, printed in red and black – just lightly used.

£20

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TAMBIMUTTU, M.J. (Meary James Thurairajah), 1915-1983 & DICKINS, Anthony (Anthony Stewart Mackay), 1914-1987 – editors : POETRY [LONDON].

TAMBIMUTTU, M.J. (Meary James Thurairajah), 1915-1983 & DICKINS, Anthony (Anthony Stewart Mackay), 1914-1987 – editors : POETRY [LONDON].

London : Poetry, 1939. The first issue of this legendary magazine, originally called simply “Poetry”, the first series of which ran until 1951. This copy signed next to their contributions by nine of the original contributors – Audrey Beecham, Dorian Cooke, Walter de la Mare, Lawrence Durrell (twice), Clifford Dyment, Philip O’Connor, Herbert Read, Edwin Smith and Stephen Spender (twice). Other contributors to a highly impressive first issue include George Barker, Gavin Ewart, John Gawsworth, J. F. Hendry, Rayner Heppenstall, Louis Macneice, Nicholas Moore, Keidrych Rhys, Tambimuttu himself, Dylan Thomas and Laurence Whistler.
Crown 4to (25cm). [32]pp. Photograph by Edwin Smith. Three wood engravings by Diana Gardner. Original stapled wrappers, with a design in red and black by Hector Whistler; some mild spotting, mainly to wrappers; just a hint of wear and a touch of rusting to staples, but overall a very good copy of a highly evocative survival.

£250

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WAIN, John (John Barrington), 1925-1994 : POEMS 1949-1979.

WAIN, John (John Barrington), 1925-1994 : POEMS 1949-1979.

London : Macmillan London, (1980). First edition : the uncommon hardback issue. An extensive selection of poems from five earlier collections, together with a number of new poems. “He seems, unusually for a poet of any importance, to continually move from one kind of work to another, always with new insights, and new ways of growing” (Peter Levi)
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],182,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in silver; just a hint of spotting to top edge; very faint bruise to heel, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a typographic design in green, red and white – also very good.

£25

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WAUGH, Gilbert (Gilbert Carr), 1913-1987 : ON WHITE HORSE HILL AND OTHER POEMS.

WAUGH, Gilbert (Gilbert Carr), 1913-1987 : ON WHITE HORSE HILL AND OTHER POEMS.

Salisbury : Perdix Press, 1983. First edition : limited to fifty copies signed by both Gilbert Waugh and the publisher, Walter Partridge. This copy marked “out-of-series” and inscribed to fellow publisher, Roger Burford Mason (1943-1998). Nine poems, including “Lament”, “Hamlet”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [ii],(20),[ii]pp. Original stone wrappers, lettered and decorated in olive; very slightly bruised; some spotting, but otherwise very good.

£20

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WHISTLER, Laurence (Sir Alan Charles Laurence), 1912-2000 : ODE TO THE SUN AND OTHER POEMS.

WHISTLER, Laurence (Sir Alan Charles Laurence), 1912-2000 : ODE TO THE SUN AND OTHER POEMS.

London : William Heinemann, 1942. First edition. A collection of eight poems, including “The Burning Glass” and “The Dancer in Darkness”.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [vi],56,[ii]pp. Original teracotta cloth, blocked in blind on upper cover, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a touch darkened and dulled, but a good copy in the original black and white dust-jacket – slightly worn, soiled, nicked, marked and price-clipped, with a short tear on the rear panel.

£20

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WHITE, Eric W. (Eric Walter), 1905-1985 – editor : POETRY BOOK SOCIETY : THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.

WHITE, Eric W. (Eric Walter), 1905-1985 – editor : POETRY BOOK SOCIETY : THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.

London : Poetry Book Society, 1979. First edition. An absorbing collection of short essays by poets, mainly on their own work, from the Society’s Bulletin. Contributors include George Barker, John Betjeman, Edmund Blunden, Charles Causley, Austin Clarke, Douglas Dunn, T. S. Eliot, D. J. Enright, Roy Fuller, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes (on Sylvia Plath), David Jones, Philip Larkin, Louis MacNeice, Edwin Morgan, Peter Redgrove, Theodore Roethke, R. S. Thomas, Charles Tomlinson, Vernon Watkins, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (72)pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt; very faint spotting of top edge, but a very good and bright copy in the original dust-jacket – red and brown on pale grey – just very faintly spotted and slightly nicked on lower panel.

£20

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WRIGHT, Kit, 1944- : THE BEAR LOOKED OVER THE MOUNTAIN : POEMS.

WRIGHT, Kit, 1944- : THE BEAR LOOKED OVER THE MOUNTAIN : POEMS.

London : Salamander Imprint, (1977). First edition : the hardback issue. Inscribed and signed by Kit Wright on the title-page. A collection of thirty-two poems, including “Death in the Phonebox of the Body”, “London Elders”, “The Dark Night of the Sole”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in silver; a few slight edge-spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in maroon and black on cream – very slightly spotted at edges, but otherwise very good.

£20

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WRIGHT, Kit, 1944- : POEMS : 1974-1983.

WRIGHT, Kit, 1944- : POEMS : 1974-1983.

London: Hutchinson, (1988). First edition. Inscribed and signed by Kit Wright on the half-title. A collection of seventy-eight poems, including “The Children of Camden Town”, “Pub Death”, “Wailing in Wandsworth”, etc. – “a genuinely funny poet ... but his best poems are those in which his conscience prompts him to a hard, tensile precision of statement” (John Lucas).
Post 8vo (20cm). 128pp. Original wrappers – a design in maroon, white and black; very slightly rubbed and marked, but otherwise very good.

£20

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