The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays.
Item Number: 2118
Boston: Beacon Press, 2008.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.
Mary Oliver was described by The New York Times as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet." She has won both the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992. Oliver's poetry has been called an "indefatigable guide to the natural world, particularly to its lesser-known aspects" (Kumin, 1993). "Visionary as Emerson [ she is] among the few American poets who can describe and transmit ecstasy, while retaining a practical awareness of the world as one of predators and prey," reviewed The Nation. Holly Prado of Los Angeles Times Book Review noted that Oliver's work "touches a vitality in the familiar that invests it with a fresh intensity."
Other Books by this Author
“Tell me, what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”: First Edition of American Primitive; Signed by Mary Oliver
Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.
First edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
London: George Allen, 1894-1897.
First edition illustrated by Walter Crane. One of 1,000 copies on handmade paper. Six quarto volumes, bound in full green morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey with decorative gilt triple ruled boards, raised spine bands with gilt titles, rules and floral devices; top edges gilt, gilt board edges and inside dentelles, and silk endpapers. Each part’s original pictorial wrapper front bound in with one original wrapper back at the end of each volume. Double-page general title (dated 1897), seven title-pages (dated 1894-1896), and eighty-eight full-page woodcut illustrations (including one double-page). With numerous head- and tail- pieces, decorative initials, and printer’s and publisher’s colophons. An exceptional presentation.
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1859.
Rare second edition of The Rubayait. Octavo, original wrappers. One of only 500 copies printed. Housed in a full morocco custom clamshell case. The second edition contains 110 quatrains whereas the 1859 first edition contained only 75. “Its importance from the collector’s standpoint is but little less than that of the princeps. From a literary point of view it is quite the equal of the first edition” (Mosher, Rubaiyat, 1902, p 10). In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities.
First Edition of Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends; With a Full Page Unique Poem by Shel Silverstein
New York : Harper & Row Publishers, 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Small quarto, original brown cloth. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Inscribed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper, with an original full page poem, “For Fran “Nothing rhymes with quiche/ Except Hashish/ And if you’d hashish/ Into this Jewish Quiche/ Instead of lox/ You’d have shown a lot more sophistication/ And given me joy and stoned elation/ But you’ve strained my stomache (ics)/ And strained my patience/ Cause you put that lox into your quiche/ (A receipe of the Jewveau Riche)/ I deplore it, condemn it, Refute it/ and hate it/ Will someone please tell me/ Why I ate it?” Love Shel.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light toning and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.