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  • "On top of the Rockies from still under the Andes": A Further Range; Signed twice by Robert Frost

    Frost, Robert.

    A Further Range.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.

    Signed limited first edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse, one of 803 copies signed by Frost, this is number 351. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Elizabeth Sergeant on top of the Rockies from Robert Frost still under the Andes.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed twice by Robert Frost.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of A Masque of Reason; Inscribed by Robert Frost to Fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner

    Frost, Robert.

    A Masque of Reason.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945.

    First edition of this work by Frost, association copy, inscribed by him to fellow writer Wallace Stegner and his wife on the front free endpaper, “To Wally and Mary always theirs and all marks off Robert.”Often referred to as “The Dean of Western Writers”, Wallace Stegner taught at both Harvard and Stanford University where he founded the creative writing program; his students included Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, and Larry McMurtry. Stegner’s novel Angle of Repose won him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and in 1977 he was awarded the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird. The Frosts and Stegners remained lifelong friends after meeting at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 1938. Stegner’s final novel Crossing to Safety took its title from a line in Frost’s poem I Could Give All to Time. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Masque of Reason; Inscribed by Robert Frost

    Frost, Robert.

    A Masque of Reason.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945.

    First edition of this work by Frost. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost to Samuel Plotkin.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $600.00

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  • First edition of A New Directions Reader; Inscribed by James Laughlin

    Edited by Hayden Carruth & James Laughlin.

    A New Directions Reader.

    1964: New Directions, Norfolk, Connecticut.

    First edition of this collection of stories, poems, and excerpts published in celebration of the publishing firms 25th Anniversary. Octavo, a paperback original. Presentation copy. Inscribed by James Laughlin, founder of New Directions Publishing, on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Herb, from J. Christmas 1964.” In near fine condition. Cover design by Alvin Lustig. A nice example.

    Price: $30.00

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  • First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson

    Kipling, Rudyard.

    A Song of The English.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.

    First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Robinson. Quarto, original blue cloth, gilt pictorial to the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson with 30 mounted color plates, lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition with light rubbing.

    Price: $750.00

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  • Robert Frost's A Witness Tree; Signed by him

    Frost, Robert.

    A Witness Tree.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1942.

    First edition, second printing of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Frost. Signed by Robert Frost on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown of the spine and rear panel. Jacket design by Alan Haemer.

    Price: $375.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Pablo Neruda's Alturas de Macchu Picchu

    Neruda, Pablo and Martin Chambi.

    Alturas de Macchu Picchu.

    Chile: Nascimento, 1954.

    Signed limited edition of Neruda’s masterpiece. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers as issued, photographs by Martin Chambi. Signed by Pablo Neruda at the colophon as issued. In near fine condition. Laid in is the scarce insert on green paper that was issued with all copies, which is a bibliographic note on the genesis and publication history of the poem by Jorge Sanhueza. This is the first definitive edition of the poems, including the Chambi photographs referenced in “The Latin American Photobook. A superior example, rare in this condition.

    Price: $3,800.00

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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; Signed by Mary Oliver

    Oliver, Mary.

    American Primitive.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.

    First edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket photograph by Lisa Paquette. Author photograph by Molly Malone Cook. The hardcover edition is scarce, as it was issued simultaneously in paperback.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of Adam Zagajewski's Another Beauty; Signed by Him

    Zagajewski, Adam.

    Another Beauty.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

    First edition of the author’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Adam Zagajewski Boston, October 2004.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Marc J. Cohen. Translated by Clare Cavanagh.

    Price: $200.00

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  • First Edition of Adam Zagajewski's Another Beauty; Signed by Him

    Zagajewski, Adam.

    Another Beauty.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

    First edition of the author’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page with the following line from this work, which reads, “We find comfort only in another beauty, in others music Adam Zagajewski.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Marc J. Cohen. Translated by Clare Cavanagh.

    Price: $250.00

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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": Book of Longing; Signed by Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass

    Cohen, Leonard.

    Book of Longing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

    Early printing of Cohen’s provocative book of poetry. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass on the title page. American composer Philip Glass is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass collaborated with Cohen on the musical performance adaptation of Book of Longing which premiered in June 2007 in Toronto. Glass composed the piece for seven instruments and a vocal quartet, is additionally contained recorded spoken word performances by Cohen and imagery from his collection. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,200.00

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

    Cohen, Leonard.

    Book of Longing.

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2006.

    First Canadian edition, preceding the American first of Cohen’s provocative book of poetry. Octavo, original black boards, illustrated. Signed by Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass on the title page. American composer Philip Glass is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass collaborated with Cohen on the musical performance adaptation of Book of Longing which premiered in June 2007 in Toronto. Glass composed the piece for seven instruments and a vocal quartet, is additionally contained recorded spoken word performances by Cohen and imagery from his collection. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,400.00

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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. Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee.

    Price: $250.00

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  • Signed limited edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Signed by Him and illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros

    Neruda, Pablo; Illustrated by Diego Rivera & David A. Siqueiros.

    Canto General.

    Mexico: Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, 1950.

    Signed limited first edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterpiece. Folio, original cloth, pictorial endpapers designed by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. One of five hundred copies printed on malinche paper. Signed by Pablo Neruda, illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros. In very good condition with some rubbing to the spine and some light repair to the crown of the spine. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,200.00

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  • Clandestine first Chilean edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Inscribed by him to close friend and publisher Americo Zorilla

    Neruda, Pablo.

    Canto General.

    Santiago: Imprenta Juárez, 1950.

    Clandestine first Chilean edition of Neruda’s stunning epic poem, published underground by the Communist party in Chile under a false imprint one month after the true first edition, published in Mexico from a different manuscript. Quarto, bound into contemporary red linen boards with parts of original printed wrappers serving as titles to the front panel and spine. Copyright leaf mounted to front pastedown bearing the false imprint “Imprenta Juárez, Reforma 75, Ciudad de México D.F.”, half tone portraits of Neruda tipped in at front and back. Inscribed by Neruda on the title page, “Al camarada Americo, Pablo Neruda.” The recipient Americo Zorilla was a close friend of Neruda’s and editor of the Chilean Communist daily newspaper, El Siglo. Zorilla facilitated the clandestine publication of five thousand copies of Neruda’s Canto General in Chile, published under a false imprint and based on a manuscript Neruda had left behind before he went into hiding with the banning of the Communist Party under the Ley de Defensa Permanente de la Democracia in 1948. Neruda had officially joined the Communist Party of Chile in 1945 and served as campaign manager for the radical party’s presidential candidate Gabriel Gonzalez Videal in 1946. Once in office, Gonzalez Videla turned against the Communist Party and Neruda was forced into hiding and later exile in Buenos Aires to avoid arrest. An exceptional association.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • "You belong to me Chattanooga": First edition of Ishmaels Reed's book of poems: Chattanooga

    Reed, Ishmael.

    Chattanooga: Poems by Ishmael Reed.

    New Yorkl: Random House, 1973.

    First edition of Ishmael Reed’s book of poems. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Original errata slip laid in. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best Wishes, Ishmael Reed April 25, 1974.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $50.00

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  • “These woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep": First Edition of The Collected Poems of Robert Frost; Signed by Him

    Frost, Robert.

    Collected Poems of Robert Frost 1939.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc, 1939.

    First edition of this collected poems of Frost. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece photograph of Robert Frost taken by Doris Ulmann. Boldly signed by Robert Frost on the second free endpaper. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and chipping to the extremities.

    Price: $750.00

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  • The Collected Poems of Robert Frost; Inscribed by Him

    Frost, Robert.

    Collected Poems of Robert Frost.

    Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1942.

    Early printing of this collected poems of Frost. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece photograph of Robert Frost taken by Doris Ulmann. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Rosemary Marble from Robert Frost especially the preface 1947.” In near fine condition, the recipient’s name in another hand.

    Price: $475.00

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  • Come In and Other Poems; Inscribed by Robert Frost

    Frost, Robert.

    Come In and Other Poems.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1943.

    Early printing of Frost collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost to Carolyn Gorey Ripton Vermont 1950.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear.

    Price: $400.00

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