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Rare first edition of William Combe's The Life of Napoleon: A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantos by Doctor Syntax; finely bound in full crushed crimson levant morocco by Root & Son and elaborately illustrated by George Cruikshank
London: Printed for T. Tegg, M. Cheapside, Wm. Allason, 1815.
First edition, mixed state of Combe's satirical verses on the career of Napoleon Bonaparte, illustrated with plates by George Cruikshank. Octavo, bound in full crushed crimson levant morocco by Root & Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling and central Napoleonic imperial eagle to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and wide gilt and stamp-signed inner dentelles, top edge gilt, watered silk endleaves, illustrated with a hand-colored engraved and aquatint frontispiece, hand-colored engraved and aquatint vignette title-page, and 28 hand-colored engravings with aquatint by George Cruikshank. In near fine…
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 142506
Various Publishers, .
Rare collection of dozens of volumes of poetry from the collection of American author Annie Dillard, each signed or inscribed to her and with her bookplate. Approximately 35 volumes, the collection includes inscribed first editions and early printings of Fred Chappell's Wild Mountain, Leo Connellan's First Selected Poems, Karen Connelly's The Border Surrounds Us, Paul Zimmer's Crossing to Sunlight, A. J. Hovde's Selected Poems, Tom Owen-Towle's Sauntering, Joe Rosenblatt's The Sleeping Lady, and Frank Polite's Letters of Transit. Each volume is in near fine to fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 128534
La Vittoria D’Amore Poema. Pubblicato In Occasione de Gloriosi Sponsali Dell’ Eccellenze Loro Il Signor Cavaliere Francesco Morosini P. e la Nobil Donna Loredana Grimani. [The Victory Of Love Poem].
Venezia: Presso Modesto Fenzo, 1772.
Rare 18th century Venetian printing of La Vittoria D'Amore. Quarto, bound in hand painted paper-covered wrappers, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece. In near fine condition. Small bookplate.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 130905
London, Edinburgh, and Garden City: Various Publishers, 1914-1917.
Rare collection of four first edition Kipling indexes. Small octavo, four volumes, original wrappers. Contains: The Kipling Index [London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914], Something of Rudyard Kipling and His Works with an Index to the Volumes Published by Macmillan & Co., Ltd. [Edinburgh: R & R Clark, n.d.], The Kipling Index: Being a Guide to Authorized American Trade Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Works [Saxton, Gene F. Garden City: Doubleday, Page and Company, n.d.], and The Less Familiar Kipling, and Kiplingana [Monkshood, G. F. London: Jarrold & Sons, 1917]. In very good to near fine condition. Essential for the Kipling…
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 126447
First and deluxe edition of A London Garland: Selected From Five Centuries of English Verse by W. E. Henley with Pictures of the Society of Illustrators
A London Garland: Selected From Five Centuries of English Verse by W. E. Henley with Pictures of the Society of Illustrators.
London and New York: Macmillan and Company, 1895.
First and deluxe edition of this selection of five centuries of verse with commentary by the Society of Illustrators. Quarto, original publisher's deluxe full vellum, illustrated, with one full page illustration by Arthur Rackham on page 104. In good condition with some chipping to the crown of the spine.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 142637
New York: Tibor de Nagy Editions, 1970.
First edition of the award winning poet's first book. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated. One of 300 copies, 1 to 0 of which are signed. Signed by the author on the title page. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 128294
New York: Kulchar Foundation, 1977.
First edition of the first book by Adam. Quarto, original boards. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, "All good wishes Helen Adam." In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 127711
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1971.
First edition of the poet's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in both English and Arabic on the title page, "For Matthew friend in poetry, with my great sympathy Adonis Paris 15.1.2008." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Samuel Hazo.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 138130
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
First edition of the first major career-spanning collection of the poems of Adonis, widely acknowledged as the most important poet working in Arabic. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed and dated in the year of publication by Adonis on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Khaled Mattawa.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 138251
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1971.
First edition of the poet's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by both the poet Adonis and by the translator, Samuel Hazo. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 1544
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry and verse. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. With a partial rare original wrap around band.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 112323
Rochester: Boa Editions, 2003.
First edition of this collection of poems by the award-winning author. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by the author on the half-title page, "with my Love Fadhil Al-Azzawi and again below in Arabic. In near fine condition. Translated and with an introduction by Khaled Mattawa.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 138262
Manuscript poem signed by famed American boxer Muhammad Ali. One page, the poem is titled, "The President" and reads in part, "The face of the Pres is open, The eyes of the Pres are bright, The lips of the Pres are now closed, The head of the Pres is upright, The breast of the Pres slants forward, The gaze of the Pres is bright... The soul of the Pres is flaming, the heart of the Pres is warm... The image of this Pres is truth, Wisdom's message his rod. The home of the Pres is the white house and the president's…
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 143204
"And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning": First Edition of The Inaugural Poem; Inscribed by Maya Angelou
New York: Random House, 1993.
First edition of the poem that Maya Angelou read at the Inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton on January 20, 1993. Small octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "____ ____ Joy Maya Angelou." Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 3972
Paris: Mercure de France, 1913.
First edition of Apollinaire's first collection of poems, signed by him and Pablo Picasso. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, patterned endpapers, frontispiece portrait of the poet by Pablo Picasso. Association copy, inscribed by both Apollinaire and Pablo Picasso on front free endpaper, "A A P.N. Roinard son admirateur Guillaume Apollinaire" and "et pour Robert Valançay Picasso Paris Janvier 1940 et I." Apollinaire has also made five corrections to the text in ink on pages 71, 77, 92, 110 and 189. The recipient of Apollinaire's inscription, Paul-Napoléon Roinard, was a French…
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 128083
"The clouds are on the oberland, the jungfrau snows look faint and far; but bright are those green fields at hand and through those fields comes down the Aar": First edition of Matthew Arnold's New Poems
London: Macmillan and Co., 1867.
First edition of Arnold's 1867 book of poems. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, double gilt ruling to the panels. In near fine condition. Rare with only a handful of examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 124039
"Here will I sit and wait, While to my ear from uplands far away The bleating of the folded flocks is borne, With distant cries of reapers in the corn– All the live murmur of a summer's day": First edition of Matthew Arnold's The Scholar-Gipsy and Thyrsis
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1906.
First edition of this collection of two of Arnold's most notable works. Octavo, original cloth stamped in gilt, with illustrations by E. H. New including tissue-guarded frontispiece. In near fine condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 124356
“Come to me in my dreams, and then By day I shall be well again! For so the night will more than pay The hopeless longings of the day": The Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold; finely bound in full polished tree calf
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913.
Finely bound example of Arnold's collected poetical works. Octavo, bound in full polished tree calf, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt scrolling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 138627
New York: The Viking Press, 1975.
First edition of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Ashbery on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Michael Teague. Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman. An exceptional example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 110844