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  • First Edition of A Brave and Startling Truth; Inscribed by Maya Angelou

    Angelou, Maya.

    A Brave and Startling Truth.

    New York: Random House, 1995.

    First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by the author, “______ Joy Maya Angelou." A poem read by Maya Angelou at the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

    Price: $225.00

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  • First Edition of W.S. Merwin's Rare First book A Mask For Janus; Signed by Him

    Merwin, W.S.; Forword by W.H. Auden.

    A Mask For Janus.

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952.

    First edition of the poet’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by W.S. Merwin on the title page.

    Price: $1,850.00

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  • “Tell me, what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”: First Edition of American Primitive; Inscribed in the Month of Publication by Mary Oliver

    Oliver, Mary.

    American Primitive.

    Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.

    First edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Roger and Betty, with many good wishes. Mary. April, 1983.” Additionally signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. The recipients were neighbors and close friends of the author in Cape Cod. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The hardcover edition is scarce, as it was issued simultaneously in paperback and association copies inscribed in the month of publication are rare.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • Zagajewski, Adam.

    Another Beauty.

    New York: FSG, 1998.

    First Edition. Octavo. Signed and dated by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $125.00

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  • "Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done": First Edition of Beowulf; Signed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1999.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page.

    Price: $450.00

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  • "Behaviour that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere": First Edition of Beowulf; Signed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation.

    New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1999.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the Seamus Heaney on the title page.

    Price: $375.00

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  • "You go your way I'll go your way too": FIrst Edition of Book of Longing; Signed by Leonard Cohen

    Cohen, Leonard.

    Book of Longing.

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2006.

    First Canadian edition, preceding the American first. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $975.00

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  • First Edition of Gao Xingjian's Buying a Fishing Rod For My Grandfather; Signed by Him

    Xingjian, Gao.

    Buying a Fishing Rod For My Grandfather.

    New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

    First American edition of the author’s first collection of short stories published in English. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated in the year of publication by Gao Xingjian on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $225.00

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  • "This One in me knows the universe of the many": Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Rabindranath Tagore

    Tagore, Rabindranath.

    Creative Unity.

    London: MacMillan & Company , 1925.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 26, 1932.” In very good condition with some wear to the extremities and to the side front panel. Books signed by Tagore are rare.

    Price: $4,200.00

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  • "It's like our visit to the moon or to that other star I guess you go for nothing if you really want to go that far": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Death of a Lady's Man; Signed by Him

    Cohen, Leonard.

    Death of a Lady’s Man.

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1978.

    First edition, first state with “Lie down.” on page 94. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.

    Price: $900.00

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  • The New York Times)."

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Death of a Naturalist.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.

    First American edition of the author’s first major collection. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some of the usual fading to the pink portion of the spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. Laid into this copy is a ticket to the reading at Harvard University where this copy was signed. A pleasing copy.

    Price: $1,650.00

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  • "Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests. I'll dig with it": First Edition of Death of A Naturalist; Lengthily Signed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Death of a Naturalist.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1966.

    First edition of Heaney’s first major published volume. Octavo, original green cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Signed by the author on the title page, with the added lines from one of his most famous poems Digging, “Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it.” Seamus Heaney.” Fine in near fine dust jacket with light sunning to the pink portion of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A sharp example with a nice inscription.

    Price: $7,500.00

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  • "Who Is Content Only With The Right Word": First Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Inscribed by Seamus Heaney to his Aunt

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Death of a Naturalist.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1966.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Inscribed by the author to his aunt in a contemporary hand, “For Aunt Annie: who is content only with the right word. Love, Seamus.” Additionally signed by Heaney in full on the title page. Fine in very good dust jacket with sunning to the pink portion of the spine and some overall wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Association copies of this caliber seldom enter the market.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • "to set the darkness echoing": First American Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Warmly Inscribed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Death of a Naturalist.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.

    First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s first major collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Steve with gratitude-“to set the darkness echoing”19th March 1970 Seamus Heaney.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some fading to the pink portion of the spine panel.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • First Edition of Seamus Heaney's Door Into The Dark; Signed by Him

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Door Into The Dark.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

    First American edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with two closed tears to the front panel. A very sharp example.

    Price: $650.00

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  • Heaney, Seamus.

    Door Into the Dark.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1969.

    First edition of the author’s second major collection. Octavo. Signed by the author. Lightly bumped, else fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear to the crown of the spine.

    Price: $1,450.00

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  • Signed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Electric Light.

    New York: Farrar, Staus and Giroux, 2001.

    First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page.

    Price: $225.00

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  • First Edition of Elegy in Exile; Signed by Adonis

    Adonis; Translated by Samuel Hazo.

    Elegy In Exile.

    The Pears Press, 1971.

    First edition, one of only 200 copies. Signed by the poet Adonis. Very good in orange wrappers as issued. Translation done by Samuel Hazo.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of the Nobel Prize-Winning Poet’s First Book Eleven Poems; Signed by Seamus Heaney

    Heaney, Seamus.

    Eleven Poems.

    Belfast: Festival Publications, 1965.

    First edition, third issue. Octavo, original green wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • "To the few who love me and whom I love – to those who seek rather than to those who think – to the dreamers and those who put faith in dreams as in the only realities – I offer this book of truths" : Rare first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Magnum Opus, Eureka, One of only 500 copies

    Poe, Edgar Allan.

    Eureka: A Prose Poem.

    New York: George P. Putnam, 1848.

    First edition, first issue. Duodecimo, original publishers blind stamped black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. First issue, without the review for Eurkea on page 2 of the 16 page catalogue at the end of the book, but reads simply: “Poe. — Eureka, A Prose Poem: Or the Physical and Metaphysical Universe. By Edgar A. Poe, Esq.”  In very good condition, with some light rubbing to the extremities, contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom cloth box. A nice, bright example of this rare and important text.

    Price: $17,500.00

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