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BLOK, Alexander (Alexandr Alexandrovich), 1880-1922 & OTHERS : POEMS BY ALEXANDER BLOK, NICOLAI GUMILEV, ILYA EHRENBURG & NINA BERBEROVA. TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY YAKOV HORNSTEIN.

BLOK, Alexander (Alexandr Alexandrovich), 1880-1922 & OTHERS : POEMS BY ALEXANDER BLOK, NICOLAI GUMILEV, ILYA EHRENBURG & NINA BERBEROVA. TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY YAKOV HORNSTEIN.

Dorking : Yakov Hornstein, [ca.1945]. First edition in English of four poems from Blok, thirteen from Gumilev (1886-1921), four from Ehrenburg (1891-1967), and one from Berberova (1901-1993). Translated and privately published by Yakov (Jacob) Hornstein (1902-1987). Printed by A. A. Tanner & Son, who were at 80 South Street, Dorking, from 1937 to 1955.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (44)pp. Original pale blue stapled wrappers, lettered in black; wrappers a little marked, creased and slightly tanned; faint vertical crease, but a good copy of a scarce and ephemeral publication. Just two copies (New York and Riverside) located in major libraries worldwide.

£40

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CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 – translator : FORMAL SPRING : FRENCH RENAISSANCE POEMS OF CHARLES D’ORLEANS, VILLON, RONSARD, DU BELLAY & OTHERS : WITH TRANSLATIONS.

CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 – translator : FORMAL SPRING : FRENCH RENAISSANCE POEMS OF CHARLES D’ORLEANS, VILLON, RONSARD, DU BELLAY & OTHERS : WITH TRANSLATIONS.

London : Oxford University Press, 1950. First edition. Inscribed and signed with forename by Ralph Currey on front free endpaper. Forty poems with an introduction and parallel text translations.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [ii],(xxii),(160)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; endpapers slightly tanned, but very good in the original green dust-jacket – lettered in black and decorated in white – the jacket lightly rubbed.

£20

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DONALDSON, William, 1935-2005 & MITCHELL, Julian, 1935- – editors :  GEMINI.

DONALDSON, William, 1935-2005 & MITCHELL, Julian, 1935- – editors :  GEMINI.

DONALDSON, William, 1935-2005 & MITCHELL, Julian, 1935- – editors : GEMINI.

London : Gemini, 1957-1958. First edition. All five of the original run of this Oxford and Cambridge literary periodical, before it merged with “Dialogue” to last for a further six issues. Includes contributions from W. H. Auden (his poem “Island Cemetery”), Bernard Bergonzi, Malcolm Bradbury, Alan Brownjohn, Geoffrey Hill (two poems), Harold Hobson, Ted Hughes (four poems), Elizabeth Jennings, Jenny Joseph, Peter Levi, C. Day Lewis, Dom Moraes, Sylvia Plath (two poems and a story), Andrew Sinclair, Stevie Smith (two poems and an essay), Stephen Spender, and many more.
Five issues. Crown 4to (24cm). 68,[iv]; (112); 97,[iii]; 80; 84pp. Bound, complete with the original wrappers, including designs by Ben Nash and David Smith, in a stout binder’s buckram, lettered in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good run, sturdily bound.

£50

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DUFFY, Maureen (Maureen Patricia), 1933- – editor : THE SIXTIES.

DUFFY, Maureen (Maureen Patricia), 1933- – editor : THE SIXTIES.

London : [Maureen Duffy], 1960-1961. Seemingly a complete run of all three issues of this assertive poetry magazine – with contributions from Edwin Brock, Maureen Duffy herself, Bryan Johnson, Robert Milne, David Tipton, Frank Lissauer, Arnold Wesker, etc.
Three issues, each 16pp. Demy 8vo (22cm). The magazines bound, retaining the original wrappers, in a neat buckram, ruled and lettered in gilt; lightly sunned; slightly bowed; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy.

£25

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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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FORBES, Peter, 1947- – editor : MULTIPLE TRACKING : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NEW SWINDON WRITING.

FORBES, Peter, 1947- – editor : MULTIPLE TRACKING : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NEW SWINDON WRITING.

Swindon : Thamesdown Community Arts, (1985). First edition. Poems, etc., from Mel Jones, Mike Williams, Steve Lambert, Deirdre Cornfield, etc.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). 56pp. Original cream wrappers, decorated and printed in red and black; very good.

£20

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FULLER, John, 1937- & OTHERS : A FLORIBUNDUM.

FULLER, John, 1937- & OTHERS : A FLORIBUNDUM.

Oxford : Sycamore Press, 1990 [i.e. 1991]. First edition : limited to 250 copies. A collection of ten poems by John Fuller, Jane Griffiths, John Leonard, Bernard O’Donoghue, Mark Wormald and others. With a drawing by Christiania Whitehead.
Post 8vo (21cm). [16]pp. Original bright blue wrappers, lettered in black and decorated in white on upper wrapper; a very good copy indeed.

£15

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GUNN, Thom (Thomson William), 1929-2004 & OTHERS : OASIS : [ISSUES 1-5].

GUNN, Thom (Thomson William), 1929-2004 & OTHERS : OASIS : [ISSUES 1-5].

Cambridge : Oasis, [1951]-1952. A complete set of all five issues of this Cambridge poetry periodical. Contains mainly reprinted work by established poets, especially W. B. Yeats, but also Thom Gunn’s early poem “Two Ghosts” (not to appear in book form until 1979), and original poems by Norman Buller, Chris Busby, John Coleman, R. J. Dannatt, Peter Green, Milton Grundy, Karen Lowenthall, John Mander, M. H. Millgate, Brian Rowley, and Harold Silver.
Five issues. Demy 8vo (23cm). Original stapled wrappers; a few slight marks, spots and small signs of age and use; some slight rusting of staples, but in the main very good. No complete set located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 & OTHERS : POETRY SUPPLEMENT : CHRISTMAS 1971.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 & OTHERS : POETRY SUPPLEMENT : CHRISTMAS 1971.

London : Poetry Book Society, 1971. First edition. A collection of fresh work, edited by Terry Eagleton. Poems from John Barrell, Douglas Dunn (This Year and Next), John Fuller (Lecture Room: Ten a.m.), Michael Hamburger (2 – The Glade and Consumed), Seamus Heaney (2 – The Tollund Man and Maighdean Mara), Jon Silkin (2 – I Picked a Stone Up and In this Miserable Time), James Simmons (The Bridge-Players), and Ted Walker (2).
Demy 8vo (22cm). [16]pp. Original white wrappers, printed in black; a touch of rusting to staples, but otherwise very good.

£20

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JENKINS, Alan, 1955- & OTHERS : NEW CHATTO POETS.

JENKINS, Alan, 1955- & OTHERS : NEW CHATTO POETS.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1986). First edition. An introductory collection of poems from Dominic Fisher, Alan Jenkins, Pippa Little, Lachlan MacKinnon, Peter McDonald, Jo Shapcott, and Adam Thorpe. This copy signed by Alan Jenkins, Jo Shapcott and Lachlan MacKinnon at the head of their contributions.
Post 8vo (20cm). (80)pp. Original wrappers – a design in yellow, black, white and grey; top edge faintly spotted; text just faintly tanned, but otherwise very good.

£20

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LANE, Quenten – editor : THE VILLAGE REVIEW. VOL.1 NO.1 – VOL.1 NO.4.

LANE, Quenten – editor : THE VILLAGE REVIEW. VOL.1 NO.1 – VOL.1 NO.4.

Newport / Royston : Newport Press, 1972-1973. The first four issues of the irregularly published Essex literary periodical – with poems by Martin Booth, Ian Caws, Gladys Mary Coles, Yannis Goumas, D. H. W. Grubb, David Jaffin, Lotte Kramer, William Oxley, Donald Ward, etc.
Four issues. Foolscap 4to (22cm). 24; 20; 23,[i]; [i],22,[i]pp. Original stapled wrappers; upper wrapper of one issue slightly spotted, another slightly creased, but otherwise very good.

£25

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LEVI, Peter, (Peter Chad Tiger), 1931-2000 – contributor : SECOND SET : NOMADS.

LEVI, Peter, (Peter Chad Tiger), 1931-2000 – contributor : SECOND SET : NOMADS.

Cambridge : Pendulum Press, 1986. First edition. Selection of recent poetry from Oxford and Cambridge, with a preface by Peter Levi. Signed by Peter Levi. Contributors include John Adlam, Darius Guppy, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Charles Leftwich, John Wells, etc. Edited by John Adlam and Darius Guppy.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [x],54pp. Original white wrappers, lettered and decorated in black; lightly tanned; a few spots, but a good copy.

£20

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MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING. [NO. 1].

MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING. [NO. 1].

London : Nicholson & Watson, (1941). First edition. The first of Moore’s occasional wartime anthologies of new writing – with short stories by Kay Boyle, Gerald Kersh, Storm Jameson, Sidney Keyes, Marghanita Laski, William Saroyan, V. S. Pritchett, etc. – and poems from G. S. Fraser, David Gascoyne, Alun Lewis, Norman Nicholson, Anne Ridler, Alan Rook, Vernon Watkins and others. Edited by Moore (with assistance on the poetry from Tambimuttu).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers by Hof; a touch shaken, but a very good copy in a lightly rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket – the Hof design repeated in full colour.

£20

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MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING : NUMBER TWO.

MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING : NUMBER TWO.

.London : Nicholson & Watson, [1942]. First edition. The second of Moore’s occasional wartime anthologies of new writing – with short stories by Elizabeth Bowen (The Demon Lover), Rhys Davies, Gwyn Jones, Gerald Kersh, Howard Spring, etc. – and poems (selected and introduced by Henry Treece) from Alex Comfort, J. F. Hendry, Robert Herring, Emanuel Litvinoff, Norman Nicholson, Herbert Read, Anne Ridler and others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (160)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; very slight fading of extremities, but a very good copy in a slightly worn dust-jacket, just slightly defective at head of spine.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1928.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1928.

London : Jonathan Cape, 1928. First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by Conrad Aiken, Edmund Blunden, Rupert Brooke, Austin Clarke, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Hardy, Edwin Muir, Dorothy Parker, Siegfried Sassoon, etc. With decorations by John Austen.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xvi),(112)pp. Original cloth; white spine label lettered in black; endpapers tanned, but a very good and bright copy in the original John Austen dust-jacket – price-clipped and a little marked and worn.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1929.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1929.

London : Jonathan Cape, 1929. First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by A.E., Edmund Blunden, W. H. Davies, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Edwin Muir, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Siegfried Sassoon, etc. With decorations by John Austen.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xiv,128pp. Original deep pink cloth; white spine label lettered in black; a few spots; endpapers tanned, but a very good copy in the original John Austen dust-jacket – a design in cream, pink and black – slightly worn, lightly chipped and a little tanned.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1931.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1931.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1931). First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by “A. E.”, Conrad Aiken, Edmund Blunden, W. H. Davies, Edwin Muir, Robert Nichols, Dorothy Parker, L. A. G. Strong, etc. With decorations by Elizabeth Montgomery.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xiv,106pp. Original green cloth, white spine label lettered in black; endpapers slightly tanned, but a very good copy in the original Elizabeth Montgomery dust-jacket – a design in cream, red and black – a little fingered and slightly chipped. Contemporary inscription to P. M. Freiston from W. M. G., with an associated book-label.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1933.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1933.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1933). First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by Conrad Aiken, A. E. Coppard, Walter de la Mare, Stella Gibbons, Laurence Housman, Edwin Muir, Robert Nichols, Carl Sandburg, Siegfried Sassoon, L. A. G. Strong, etc. With decorations by Elizabeth Montgomery.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (128)pp. Original blue and beige diagonal cloth, white spine label lettered in black; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good copy in the original Montgomery dust-jacket – a design in cream, red and black – lightly tanned and with some short tears neatly repaired.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1938.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1938.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1938). First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by Edmund Blunden, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, J. C. Hall, Donagh McDonagh, Edwin Muir, William Soutar, William Carlos Williams, Sheila Wingfield, etc. With decorations by Hans Aufseeser.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (128)pp. Original canvas, blocked in green on upper cover; white spine label, lettered in black; a very good copy in the original Aufseeser dust-jacket – a design in black, yellow and white – with one very short tear to upper panel, but also very good.

£20

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MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1942.

MOULT, Thomas, 1885-1974 – editor : THE BEST POEMS OF 1942.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1943). First edition. Includes the first appearance in book form of poems by Conrad Aiken, Edmund Blunden, Frances Cornford, Walter de la Mare, Roy Fuller, Oliver St. John Gogarty, John Masefield, Nicholas Moore, Edwin Muir, Norman Nicholson, William Soutar, etc. With decorations by N. I. Cannon and others. A review copy, with the publisher’s slip loosely inserted.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 112pp. Spare label tipped in at rear. Original blue and yellow cloth; white paper spine label, lettered in black; a touch darkened at upper edges of covers, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket – a Cannon design in white, blue and black – a little used, worn and faded.

£20

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PALGRAVE, Francis Turner, 1824-1897 – editor : THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF THE BEST SONGS AND LYRICAL POEMS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

PALGRAVE, Francis Turner, 1824-1897 – editor : THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF THE BEST SONGS AND LYRICAL POEMS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1861. First edition : one of the 2,000 copies of the first impression, with the roman rather than gothic half-title, just four notes on p.323, etc. The original appearance of a perennial favourite – close on 300 of the finest poems in the language from seventy-five or so poets – from Sir Thomas Wyatt, Marlowe and Shakespeare, to Shelley and Keats. With a preface and some extensive notes by Palgrave.
Foolscap 8vo. [4],[viii],332pp. Engraved vignette by Charles Henry Jeens (1827-1879) after Thomas Woolner (1825-1892). Bound in a smart recent half crimson morocco, banded and gilt – retaining the original cloth gilt (the priced, earliest variant) at rear; a handful of spots, a small flaw to the final leaf, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription on title-page and some neat pencil markings to margins in places.

£400

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RAMSAY, Jay, 1958- & OTHERS : ANGELS OF FIRE.

RAMSAY, Jay, 1958- & OTHERS : ANGELS OF FIRE.

London : Open Space, 1985. First edition. Poems and notes from the collective – Jay Ramsay, Sylvia Paskin, Jeremy Silver, Cheryl Moskowitz & Lindsay MacRae. Not to be confused with the 1986 Chatto & Windus collection of the same name. This copy inscribed and signed by Jay Ramsay, also signed by Silver and MacRae.
Demy 8vo (20cm). 40pp. Portraits. Original electric blue stapled wrappers, ruled and lettered in black; a few faint marks and slight creases, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (Edinburgh University) of this 1985 booklet, which emanated from a BBC2 programme, located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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RICHARDSON, Robert – editor : THE BIG LITTLE POEM SERIES.

RICHARDSON, Robert – editor : THE BIG LITTLE POEM SERIES.

[Grimsby] : Big Little Poem, [1989?-1992]. Numbers 1-26 of this attractive series of poem cards, printed by Derek Maggs, complete with the original wrappers. Cards by Keith Bosley (2), William Cookson (2), Peter Dale (2), Peter Dent (2), David Gill (2), Roland John (2), Eve Machin (2), W. S. Milne (3), Robert Richardson (3), Derek Stanford (2), Edwin Webb (2) and Julie Whitby (2).
Twenty-six cards. (16cm). Very good in the very slightly marked original loose wrapper envelopes.

£40

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ROBERTS, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976 – editor : STRAW IN THE HAIR : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NONSENSICAL AND SURREALIST VERSE.

ROBERTS, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976 – editor : STRAW IN THE HAIR : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NONSENSICAL AND SURREALIST VERSE.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1938). First edition : the first issue, printed on slightly thicker stock and in the primary binding of yellow cloth. An engaging anthology – E. C. Bentley, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and many more – compiled and edited by Denys Kilham Roberts. Illustrated with some arresting images by Victor Reinganum.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xx),(260)pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered in dark red; some very faint spotting to covers and edges, but otherwise a very good and bright copy in the yellow, brown and black Reinganum jacket – a little sunned, lightly rubbed and with a few slight nicks.

£40

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ROBERTS, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976 – editor : STRAW IN THE HAIR : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NONSENSICAL AND SURREALIST VERSE.

ROBERTS, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976 – editor : STRAW IN THE HAIR : AN ANTHOLOGY OF NONSENSICAL AND SURREALIST VERSE.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1938). First edition : the second issue, printed on thinner stock and in the secondary binding of grey cloth. An engaging anthology – E. C. Bentley, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and many more – compiled and edited by Denys Kilham Roberts. Illustrated with some arresting images by Victor Reinganum.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xx),(260)pp. Original grey cloth, blocked and lettered in dark red; some very faint spotting to covers and edges, but otherwise a very good and bright copy in the yellow, brown and black Reinganum jacket – price-clipped, a little chipped at head, and with some minor repairs and reinforcement.

£20

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ROBINSON, Robert (Robert Henry), 1927-2011 – editor : POETRY FROM OXFORD. EDITED BY ROBERT ROBINSON : TRINITY 1950 TO TRINITY 1951.

ROBINSON, Robert (Robert Henry), 1927-2011 – editor : POETRY FROM OXFORD. EDITED BY ROBERT ROBINSON : TRINITY 1950 TO TRINITY 1951.

London : Fortune Press, (1951 [i.e. 1952]). First edition. With poems from Peter Bell (2), Elizabeth Jennings (3), Derwent May (2), Robert Robinson (3), Peter Dale Scott (2), Martin Seymour-Smith (4), George Steiner (2), Lotte Zurndorfer (2) and many others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],62pp. Original red-brown cloth, lettered up spine in gilt; spine sunned at tips; a little shaken, but otherwise a very good copy in the original green and cream dust-jacket – price-clipped and a little worn, frayed and chipped. D’Arch Smith 41.

£20

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ROBSON, Jeremy, 1939- — editor : THE YOUNG BRITISH POETS.

ROBSON, Jeremy, 1939- — editor : THE YOUNG BRITISH POETS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1971. First edition. Twenty-three poets aged under thirty-five — a fine anthology with biographical notes and some captivating period portrait photographs. Contributors include Stewart Conn (5 poems), Kevin Crossley-Holland (3), Peter Dale (4), Douglas Dunn (5), John Fuller (4), Ian Hamilton (4), Tony Harrison (4), a Beatle-cropped Seamus Heaney (5), Brian Jones (4), Angela Langfield (3), Michael Longley (4), Derek Mahon (5), Dom Moraes (5), Brian Patten (3), Jeremy Robson himself (4), Jon Stallworthy (5), Hugo Williams (4), and half a dozen others.
Post 8vo (22cm). 156pp. Plates. Portraits. Original violet boards, lettered in gilt; a couple of slight marks, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket — the jacket with a couple of short repaired tears at head, and another on the inside flap, but clean and complete and with only very minor further wear.

£25

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RUMENS, Carol, 1944- – editor : SLIPPING GLIMPSES : WINTER POETRY SUPPLEMENT 1985.

RUMENS, Carol, 1944- – editor : SLIPPING GLIMPSES : WINTER POETRY SUPPLEMENT 1985.

London : Poetry Book Society, 1985. First edition. Signed by Carol Rumens on the title-page. A Poetry Book Society anthology – with poems by Patricia Beer, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, D. J. Enright, U. A. Fanthorpe, Michael Longley, Anne Stevenson, George Szirtes, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). [iv],58,[ii]pp. Original colour printed wrappers, lettered in deep pink and with a design by Carol Brickley; a very good copy.

£20

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RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 – editor : WE HAPPY FEW : AN ANTHOLOGY.

RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 – editor : WE HAPPY FEW : AN ANTHOLOGY.

London : Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, 1946. First edition : one of 750 numbered copies. A rousing anthology of verse and prose – from Shakespeare to Churchill, from the well-known to the obscure – extolling the spirit of Britain at war, Britain at sea, and Britain in the air. Over sixty pieces, including both Wellington and Thackeray on Waterloo, Instructions to Captain Cook, Nelson’s Prayer before Trafalgar, etc. Illustrated with wood-engravings (made on active service) by John O’Connor (1913-2004), and with an introduction by Dorothy Rutter (1892-1961).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],150,[vi]pp. Eleven wood-engravings. Original buckram-backed decorative boards; top edge gilt; a very good copy.

£100

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SEYMOUR-SMITH, Martin, 1928-1998 – editor : POETRY FROM OXFORD.

SEYMOUR-SMITH, Martin, 1928-1998 – editor : POETRY FROM OXFORD.

London : Fortune Press, [1953]. First edition. An Oxford anthology – with eight poems from Donald Hall, nine from Elizabeth Jennings, seven from Simon Broadbent, and others from Gillian Graig (4), Jenny Joseph (1), Derwent May (6), Peter Dale Scott (3), Michael Shanks (2) and Paul West (6).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (64)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a little bowed; endpapers a little tanned, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket – a typographic design in cerise on grey – just lightly rubbed and slightly tanned.

£20

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SITWELL, Edith (Dame Edith Louisa), 1887-1964 – editor : WHEELS : A THIRD CYCLE.

SITWELL, Edith (Dame Edith Louisa), 1887-1964 – editor : WHEELS : A THIRD CYCLE.

Oxford : B. H. Blackwell, (1918). First edition. The third of Edith Sitwell’s annual volumes of poetry – with poems from Aldous Huxley (6), Arnold James (4), Edith Sitwell (10), Osbert Sitwell (6), Sacheverell Sitwell (6), Iris Tree (9), Sherard Vines (9), etc.
Pott 4to (21cm). (104)pp. Original black cloth-backed pictorial boards, paper title label and a design in red, white and black by Laurence Atkinson on upper cover; a little rubbed and lightly worn; mild spotting of endpapers, but a good copy.

£25

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STEVENSON, Anne, 1933- & OTHERS : SIX OXFORD POETS.

STEVENSON, Anne, 1933- & OTHERS : SIX OXFORD POETS.

Oxford : Bodleian Library, 1977. First edition. A Bodleian Library keepsake, issued to mark the Oxford Writers’ Exhibition (November 1977 – March 1978). A poem each from Elizabeth Jennings, Sally Purcell, Jon Stallworthy, Anne Stevenson, John Wain and Francis Warner.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). [8]pp. Original stapled ivory self-wrappers, lettered in black on upper wrapper; a few spots; the merest hint of rusting to staples; very faint bruise to one corner, but a good copy.

£15

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STEVENSON, Anne, 1933-  – editor : THE POETRY BOOK SOCIETY ANTHOLOGY 2.

STEVENSON, Anne, 1933- – editor : THE POETRY BOOK SOCIETY ANTHOLOGY 2.

London : Hutchinson, (1991). First edition. With new poems from James Berry, Eavan Boland, Maura Dooley, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Seamus Heaney, John Heath-Stubbs, Norman MacCaig, Peter Redgrove, Jon Silkin, George Szirtes, Charles Tomlinson, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). [x],86pp. Original wrappers – a design in blue, red, green and black; faint crease to lower wrapper, but otherwise very good.

£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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TAYLOR, Graham — editor : IN DARK MILL SHADOWS : AN ANTHOLOGY OF BAILRIGG POEMS.

TAYLOR, Graham — editor : IN DARK MILL SHADOWS : AN ANTHOLOGY OF BAILRIGG POEMS.

Bailrigg, Lancaster : Continuum, [1971]. First edition. An anthology which commences pugnaciously with a quotation from Ho Chi Minh — “the poet also should know how to lead an attack”. The opening editorial continues on the theme of dark mills, cramped houses, capitalist exploitation, dark and satanic schools, and even universities — “slave markets for the technocrats” — and “places where humanity is denied, where the potential for love, creativity and joy is suppressed for the sake of profit”. Northern chippiness aside, a very good anthology, with poems from Anne Cluysenaar, Tony Connor, Henry Graham (2), Adrian Henri (2), David Jaffin (2), George Macbeth, Hugh MacDiarmid, Barry MacSweeney, Wes Magee (3), Adrian Mitchell, Pete Morgan (2), Jeff Nuttall, Brian Patten (3), John Pudney (3), Graham Taylor himself (4), and around twenty others.
Crown 4to (25cm). 32pp. Original stapled wrappers — an atmospheric photograph by Bernard Jeffries — a little rubbed, bruised and creased; slight rusting to staples, but a serviceable copy of an uncommon booklet, with just five copies located worldwide in institutional collections, just two in the UK — Liverpool and UCL.

£25

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WAVELL, A.P. (Archibald Percival, First Earl), 1883-1950 : OTHER MEN’S FLOWERS : AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY COMPILED BY A. P. WAVELL (FIELD-MARSHAL VISCOUNT WAVELL G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., C.M.G., M.C.)

WAVELL, A.P. (Archibald Percival, First Earl), 1883-1950 : OTHER MEN’S FLOWERS : AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY COMPILED BY A. P. WAVELL (FIELD-MARSHAL VISCOUNT WAVELL G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., C.M.G., M.C.)

London : Jonathan Cape, (1944). The first edition of this enduringly popular anthology – the best of English poetry – all of which, it is said, Wavell knew by heart. Includes around 180 poems drawn from all periods and arranged thematically – “Music, Mystery and Magic”; “Good Fighting”; “Love and All That”; “The Call of the Wild”; “Conversation Pieces”; “The Lighter Side”; “Hymns of Hate”; “Ragbag”, and “Last Post”, each with an introduction by Wavell.
Crown 8vo (185 x 115mm). 432pp. Bound in a smart recent half burgundy morocco, banded and gilt; internally some mild tanning to outer edges of the cheap wartime paper, with intermittent spotting and foxing, but a reasonable copy, attractively bound.

£400

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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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