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  • First Edition of The Poet In New York; Signed by Leonard Cohen

    LORCA, FEDERICO GARCIA [LEONARD COHEN].

    The Poet In New York and Other Poems.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company 1940.

    First edition of Lorca’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by fellow poet Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper. Cohen was deeply influenced by the work of Lorca for the duration of his poetic and musical career. “Now, you know of my deep association and confraternity with the poet Federico Garcia Lorca. I could say that when I was a young man, an adolescent, and I hungered for a voice, I studied the English poets and I knew their work well, and I copied their styles, but I could not find a voice. It was only when I read, even in translation, the works of Lorca that I understood that there was a voice. It is not that I copied his voice; I would not dare. But he gave me permission to find a voice, to locate a voice, that is to locate a self, a self that is not fixed, a self that struggles for its own existence. As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. What were these instructions? The instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty” (Leonard Cohen). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Rolfe Humphries. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example, most rare and desirable signed by Cohen.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 110825

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  • First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Let Us Compare Mythologies; Signed by Him

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Let Us Compare Mythologies.

    Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press 1956.

    First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45).

    Price: $16,000.00     Item Number: 101450

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  • Rare First Edition of Leonard Cohen's First Book, One of 400 copies Let Us Compare Mythologies

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Let Us Compare Mythologies.

    Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press 1956.

    First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45).

    Price: $10,000.00     Item Number: 107435

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  • "I want my body and my hands to be pools for your looking and laughing": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's The Spice-Box of Earth; Signed by Him

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    The Spice-Box of Earth.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart 1961.

    First edition of Cohen’s second book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Frank Newfeld. Photograph of Cohen by John Max. Drawings by Frank Newfeld. A superior example, uncommon signed

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 102923

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  • "Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore": First Edition of Beautiful Losers; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Beautiful Losers.

    New York: The Viking Press 1966.

    First edition of Cohen’s second and final novel. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Matthew all the best Leonard Cohen 2008.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. Jacket design by Gilda Kuhlman.

    Price: $1,650.00     Item Number: 94686

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  • "Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore": First Edition of Beautiful Losers; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Beautiful Losers.

    New York: The Viking Press 1966.

    First edition of Cohen’s second and final novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To William on his 60th Birthday warm regards Leonard Cohen Montreal 2008.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. Jacket design by Gilda Kuhlman.

    Price: $2,750.00     Item Number: 99786

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  • “It's four in the morning, the end of december I'm writing you now just to see if you're better": Original Record of Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate; Signed by Him

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Leonard Cohen. Songs of Love and Hate.

    : 1971.

    Original lp vinyl record of Leonard Cohen’s third album Songs of Love and Hate, boldly signed by him on the front panel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records. The album reached no. 145 on the US Billboard 200, but was his most commercially successful album in many other parts of the world, reaching no. 4 in the UK and no. 8 in Australia. Writing in 2011, Cohen biographer Anthony Reynolds noted, “In some quarters it was the album that seemed to seal Cohen’s reputation as being something of a downer, to say the least.” In his review of the 2007 reissue release, Tim Nelson of BBC Music stated that Cohen’s third LP “is perhaps less varied than the first two albums, but the focus is more intense and the sequencing superb. Be warned though: this is one of the scariest albums of the last forty years…” Mark Deming of AllMusic calls Songs of Love and Hate “one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums – which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement.” In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album no. 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time,[10] the only Cohen album to make the list. It was ranked no. 74 on Pitchfork Media’s 2004 list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. “Famous Blue Raincoat” was voted #3 by in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the top ten greatest Leonard Cohen songs. In near fine condition. Framed.

    Price: $850.00     Item Number: 70988

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  • But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone I'll be speaking to you sweetly From a window In the Tower of Song": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs; Signed by Him

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs.

    New York: Pantheon 1993.

    First edition of this collection of poems and songs. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen with his stamp on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado. Jacket photograph by Edward Gajdel.

    Price: $800.00     Item Number: 107817

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  • "But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone I'll be speaking to you sweetly From a window In the Tower of Song": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs; Inscribed by Him to Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs.

    New York: Pantheon 1993.

    First edition of this collection of poems and songs. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Mort and Judy warm regards on Christmas Day Leonard Los Angeles 1993.” Cohen has include his trademark entwined heart stamp. The recipients were composer Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson and close friends of Cohen. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado. Jacket photograph by Edward Gajdel. Association copies are uncommon.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 117464

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  • "He was totally unlike anybody else" (Judy Collins); First Edition of Dance Me To The End of Love; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to Judy Collins

    COHEN, LEONARD (JUDY COLLINS).

    Dance Me to the End of Love.

    New York: Welcome Enterprises 1995.

    First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Judy Collins on the front free endpaper, “Dear Judy thank-you for shameless love, as always Leonard Los Angeles 1995” with Cohen’s “Order of the Unified Heart” ink stamp, his embossed stamp, and Collins’ signature above. Collins was essentially responsible for Cohen’s musical career. As she writes in her autobiography Trust Your Heart, “I met Leonard Cohen in 1966, when my Canadian friend Mary Martin arranged for us to meet. Leonard had been a published and successful writer and poet for many years, and had recently written his first songs. He came down from Canada one night, and I listened to his songs in my living room. He sang ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ that night, sitting on the couch, holding the guitar on his knee. I was moved by his singing voice, and by the songs, and by his whole presence. There was something very ethereal and at the same time earthy about his voice. When Leonard sang, I was entranced. I became immediately devoted to him, and we soon were friends… I recorded ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ on In My Life in 1966, and it went gold in 1967. With the record’s success, Leonard became known as a songwriter. I suggested he make his debut and sing in public, but he was terribly shy. I knew once he got over his fear, he would be powerful on stage. I was going to appear at a concert for Sane against the Vietnam War at Town Hall, on April 30, 1967. I asked Leonard if he would sing Suzanne there. ‘I can’t do it, Judy, I would die from embarrassment.’ ‘Leonard, you are a great writer and a fine singer, people want to hear you.’ He finally agreed, reluctantly. When I introduced him, he walked onto the stage hesitantly, his guitar slung across his hips, and from the wings I could see his legs shaking inside his trousers. He began ‘Suzanne,’ with the hushed audience leaning forward in their seats; he got halfway through the first verse and stopped. ‘I can’t go on,’ he said, and left the stage, while the audience clapped and shouted, calling for him to come back. ‘We love you, you’re great!’ Their voices followed him backstage, where he stood with his head on my shoulder, my arms around him. ‘I can’t do it, I can’t go back.’… He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder. ‘But you will,’ I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished ‘Suzanne,’ and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since.  I have loved and recorded so many of his songs… His songs carried me through dark years like mantras or stones that you hold in your hand while the sun rises or the fire burns. They kept me centered as I stood in front of thousands of people, my eyes closed, my hands around the neck of a guitar, my voice singing his ethereal lyrics. The audience responded to his writing, the songs were like water to a person dying of thirst. They were songs for the spirit when our spirits were strained to the breaking point.” An exceptional association, perhaps the finest possible as without Collins, Leonard Cohen musical career may not have been discovered. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Judy Collins.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 98477

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  • "You go your way I'll go your way too": Book of Longing; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to fellow novelist Robert Stone and his Wife

    COHEN, LEONARD [ROBERT STONE].

    Book of Longing.

    New York: HarperCollins 2006.

    Early printing of Cohen’s provocative book of poetry. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Leonard Cohen on the title page, “For Janice and Bob, suffering together, Leonard Washington 2006.” The recipient, American novelist Robert Stone’s first two novels, A Hall of Mirrors(1967) and Dog Soldiers(1974) were published in the same era as Cohen’s only published novels The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). Both author’s works have come to be seen as great reflections of the zeitgeist, and darker side, of the 1960s. Cohen inscribed the present volume to Stone at BookExpo America 2006, held in Washington D.C. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Petit. Jacket art by Leonard Cohen. Photograph by Lorca Cohen. From the library of Robert Stone. A exceptional association, connecting two iconic novelists of the 1960s.

     

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 96167

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  • "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" I'm Your Man; Signed by Leonard Cohen

    SIMMONS, SYLVIE (LEONARD COHEN).

    I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart 2012.

    Early printing of the definitive biography of Leonard Cohen. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Leah Springate. Rare signed.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 74053

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  • "An Eye as Fine As Her Ear": On Tour With Leonard Cohen; Signed by Him

    COHEN, LEONARD.

    On Tour With Leonard Cohen.

    New York : Powerhouse Books 2014.

    Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Photographs by Sharon Robinson. Essay by Larry Sloman. In fine condition.

    Price: $1,200.00     Item Number: 27026

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