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"For secret doubt and open slight the mercy, lord, be for the right!": Scarce First separate edition of Rudyard Kipling's "After" A False Start
At the Sign of the George, 1924.
First Separate edition of Kipling's "After", the first draft of the poem that would later become The Recessional, being a facsimile of a hand-written note retrieved from Kipling's wastebasket which was later donated to the Harvard College Library. One page, folded. In fine condition. Scarce.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 123514
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
New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1930.
First edition and signed limited edition of Cumming's cleverly titled untitled work. Quarto, original cloth stamped in silver, illustrated with 8 full-page drawings by the author. One of 491 copies signed by the author on the colophon, this is number 144. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Small bookplate designed by Rockwell Kent. One of the more elusive Cummings titles.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 136284
"I dwell in a lonely house I know, that vanished many summer ago": Robert Frost's A Boy's Will; signed and dated by him
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1934.
Second American edition of Frost's first published work. Octavo, original beige linen cloth, engraved title page. Signed and dated by the poet on the title page, "Robert Frost February 25 1936." In very good condition. Small ownership name.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 130124
First edition of A Collection of Poems, Mostly Original, by Several Hands; finely bound in full calf
Dublin: Printed for the Editor by M. Graisberry, 1789.
First edition of this rare collection of early English literature. Octavo, bound in full calf, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in, illustrated with engraved vignettes, lists of subscribers. In near fine condition. An attractive binding.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 137226
“Reality is always at the edge of the abyss, hung from the thread of a thought”; Octavio Paz's A Draft of Shadows; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: A New Directions Book, 1979.
Early printing of this collection of poems published in English and Spanish. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by the author to friend and fellow writer Sergio Muñoz Bata, "A Sergio, con vivasimpatia, ser muco amigo, Octavio Paz." Bata writes a weekly syndicated column published in 18 newspapers across 11 countries in the hemisphere. He is also both a former Los Angeles Times editorial board member and Executive Editor of La Opinión. In near fine condition. A wonderful association.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 133278
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper to his publisher, "To Herbert Bristol with an authors acknowledgement to his publisher Robert Frost 1936." Bristol was the president and publisher at the Henry Holt and Company. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 114778
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Robert Frost San Antonio 1937." Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $700.00 Item Number: 137097
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Boldly signed by Robert Frost on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 138056
"WE SIT DRINKING TEA BENEATH THE LILACS ON A SUMMER AFTERNOON": First edition of William Faulkner's A Green Bough
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1933.
First trade edition of Faulkner’s second and final book of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with some toning to the extremitites.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 119704
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914.
First edition of Durand's definitive handbook to Kipling's poetry. Royal octavo, original quarter buckram over paper-covered boards, paper spine label, top edge gilt. In very good condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 126349
New York: Macmillan, 1967.
First edition of t McGivering's revision of Young's essential Kipling Dictionary. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $25.00 Item Number: 123112
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
“CONTEMPLATE TRUTH UNTIL IT BURNS YOUR EYES OUT”: Signed Limited First Edition of Robert Frost's A Masque of Mercy; in the rare original dust jacket
New York: Henry Holt, 1947.
Signed limited first edition, one of 751 numbered copies, this is number 690. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition and the original slipcase which is in near fine condition.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 110648
"Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed": First edition of A Masque of Poets; containing the only poem published in a book by Emily Dickinson during her lifetime
Roberts Brothers: 1878.
Scarce first edition of the poetry collection containing the only poem published in a book by Emily Dickinson during her lifetime. Octavo, original cloth, rebacked, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt illustrated. With Emily Dickinson's poem Success on page 174. In near fine condition. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 101300
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: $550.00 Item Number: 97478
"These are our regulations - there's just one law for the scout, and the first and the last, and the present and the past, and the future and the perfect is 'Look out!'" Scarce separate edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Patrol Song
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1909.
Scarce separate edition of Kipling's song for the Boy Scouts. Octavo, original wrappers. One of only 20 copies printed by Doubleday for copyright purposes. In near fine condition. Bookplate. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Scarce.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120708
First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson
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.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 120821
Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1960.
First edition of Plath's first separately printed poem, one of only 60 copies. Octavo, original marbled wrappers with printed title label in a ruled border pasted to front cover. In fine condition. One of only perhaps sixty copies produced by Alan Anderson, owner of the Tragara Press, this work constituted the first separate printing of Plath's work. Plath herself requested the removal of her name from the title, writing in June of 1960, "We thought we'd like the date, place and press in upright letters, as on the other proof, and my name deleted – as I'll write that on…
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 132110