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“AMERICA’S SECOND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL VOLUME OF AMERICAN POETRY
Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome, 1855.
First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 108540
The Constable Edition of The Works of Shakespeare; one of only 1,000 copies bound by BaynTun in cosway-style binding and elaborately illustrated with original watercolors
Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable; Grant Richards, 1903-1904.
The Constable edition of the works of Shakespeare. Folio, ten volumes. Elaborately bound in full blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere in Cosway-style binding with hand painted portrait medallions under glass to the front panel of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, silk endleaves, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with 479 tissue-guarded plates and 531 original illustrations, 525 of which are original watercolors. One of only 1,000 copies, this is number 149. Volume X is signed by Grant Richards, who produced that volume only, on the limitation page. Each volume contains four plays, with the exception of volume ten which contains two plays followed by Shakespeare’s narrative poems and sonnets. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare and desirable. A stunning set.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 95176
"unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!": Rare Mimeographed Sheets of The Howl Produced for its First Reading. Preceding the First Edition and signed by Ginsberg and five others present at the Six Gallery in October of 1955
Two sheets from an exceptionally rare privately produced mimeographed printing of Howl, preceding the first edition. One of 25 copies printed on rectos only in purple ink typed by the poet Robert Creeley and printed by Marthe Rexroth at S.F State, where she was a secretary, for the famous Six Gallery reading (also known as Six Angels in the Same Performance). This event, which took place at 3110 Fillmore Street in San Francisco on October 7, 1955 was the first important public poetry exhibition heralding the West Coast literary revolution of the Beat Generation. At the reading, five talented young poets—Allen Ginsberg, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen presented some of their latest works. They were introduced by Kenneth Rexroth, who was a kind of literary father-figure for the younger poets. It was at this reading that Allen Ginsberg performed the piece in public, which had been advertised by a postcard proclaiming: “Remarkable collection of angels all gathered at once in the same spot. Wine, music, dancing girls, serious poetry, free satori.” The exuberant audience included Neal Cassady, who passed around the wine jug and a collection plate and a drunken Jack Kerouac, who refused to read his own work but cheered the other poets on, and later wrote an account in his novel The Dharma Bums. He fictionalized the event with a description of circulating gallon jugs of California burgundy among the increasingly raucous crowd, “getting them all piffed so that by eleven o’clock when Alvah Goldbrook (Ginsberg’s stand-in in the novel) was reading his wailing poem ‘Wail’ (‘Howl’) drunk with arms outspread everybody was yelling ‘Go! Go! Go!’” Also in attendance was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who telegrammed Ginsberg the following day offering to publish his work, saying ” I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript?” He published in 1956 through his City Lights Press, but customs agents seized Howl and Other Poems when it arrived from its London-based printer on grounds that it was indecent and obscene. Ferlinghetti and his store manager Shigeyoshi Murao were acquitted of the obscenity charges in October 1957. The title page is signed by Allen Ginsberg, with the signature and a note by Marthe Rexroth, which reads, “I cranked the ditto master at S F State the first time around -and! was at the reading.” On the verso of the title, McClure has written the lengthy note, “This first long poem of Allen’s was read at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955. I was 22 years old and gave my first reading also that night. I read a poem titled FOR THE DEATHS OF 100 WHALES and other poems of nature and new consciousness. Our co-readers that night were Whalen, Snyder, & Lamantia. Kenneth Rexroth was M.C. I met Jack Kerouac that night. The group of us – minus Lamantia – read again in Berkeley, March 1956, on a rainy evening. It was a fine evening for poetry and I remember my pleasure in Allen’s comic ‘America’. I read mostly from a huge notebook of experimental poems of consciousness. Michael McClure.” On the dedication page are the signatures of Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and an inscription by David Meltzer: ” When Allen first read Kaddish in SF, I read too. I was 22.” Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 26 inches, with an opening in the back of the frame to view McClure’s statement. Only one other similar printing of this edition has surfaced, which fetched $118,750 at auction in 2013, although this copy did include all of the pages. An exceptionally rare item of this important work and cornerstone to American thought and culture.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 40140
"My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body": Scarce first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales; including the first appearance of The Gold-Bug, The Black Cat, The Fall of The House of Usher, and The Purloined Letter
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845.
First edition, first printing with the imprints of T. B. Smith and H. Ludwig on the copyright page of one of the most important works in the history of American literature. Several of the dozen stories in this remarkable collection are among the best known in fiction including The Gold-Bug, The Black Cat, The Fall of The House of Usher, and The Purloined Letter. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards. Housed in a custom clamshell and chemise box. In excellent condition with light browning to the text. BAL 16146; Grolier, 100 American, 55; Heartman and Canny, pp. 90-97; Yale/Gimbel 61. One of the nicest examples we have seen of this scarce highspot of American literature.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 95139
"The passion spreads in wide tongues, choked and slow, meeting the gulf, hosanna silently below": First edition of Hart Crane's landmark modernist epic the bridge; inscribed by him to close friend Bob Thompson
New York: Horace Liveright, 1930.
First American edition of Crane’s landmark modernist epic. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, illustrated with three photographs by Walter Evans. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper one month after publication, “For Bob Thompson, from his friend always- Hart Crane, Brooklyn, April 30.” The recipient, Robert Thompson, was a close friend of Crane’s. During the early part of 1930, Thompson and Crane spent what John Unterecker described as “wild evenings” in New York. Thompson was “a good drinking companion whom Hart in the summer would recommend to Caresse Crosby as ‘a former sailor who has got tired of office work and expects to hit the deck again for awhile.'” With Thompson’s inscription to the pastedown recording the details of Crane’s suicide, “April 28,1932, S/S Orizaba, Capt. Blackadder.” In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Crane presentation copies are of the utmost rarity, and this personal and significant association is of exceptional desirability.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 123618
"When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints": The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau; In the Original Binding
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906.
The manuscript edition of the writings of Henry David Thoreau. With the original manuscript sheet by Thoreau from his journal tipped-in to volume 1. The two page manuscript fragment comprises 58 lines from “Autumnal Tints,” in altered form, published in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1862, and collected in Excursions the following year. The fragment concludes with the line containing the title phrase: “When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints […].” Octavo, 20 volumes. Bound in the publisher’s three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Signed by the publisher. Illustrated in each volume with a photograph of flowers and a hand-colored scenes used as frontispieces and additional plates inserted throughout. In fine condition without wear.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 97590
"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
New York: George P. Putnam, 1848.
First edition, first issue of Poe’s classic work. Duodecimo, original publishers blind stamped black cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. First issue, without the review for Eureka 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 Item Number: 37022
"I hope that this book ain't so silly and that it will always remain in the cas[s]a": First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein; Inscribed to the Children of His Editor
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Shel Silverstein with an original poem on the front free endpapers to the children of his editor and publicist William Cole, “For Alex and Rossa and Billy, I hope that this book ain’t so silly and that it will always remain in the cas[s]a (The superfluous ‘s’ has been scribbled out with footnote “Bill Cole’s Incessant Editorial Meddling”) of Billy and Alex Rossa (Not a bad rhyme for three such difficult names and if you don’t read Spanish, Learn it!) Love, Shel Silverstein.” American editor and anthologist William Rossa Cole edited over 50 anthologies of verse for children and adults throughout his career which included tenures at Knopf, Simon & Schuster and Viking, where he had his own imprint. He is thanked by Silverstein at the end of Where the Sidewalk Ends “for his continued encouragement” and many of Silverstein’s poems made their first appearance at Cole’s solicitation. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 91344
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light": First Edition of Dylan Thomas' In Country Sleep; Signed by Him
New York: New Directions, 1952.
First edition of this collection of poems, including the first book appearance of “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Dylan Thomas 1952.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed as Thomas passed away one year after the publication.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 106778
Fare First Edition of Dylan Thomas' First Book Thirteen Poems; Lengthily Inscribed by Him to literary editor and close friend Desmond Hawkins
London: Sunday Referee and the Parton Press, 1936.
First edition, first issue of Thomas’ first book, one of 250 copies. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Desmond Hawkins, who was Dylan’s literary editor and close friend, with a playful (and perhaps drunken) inscription which attempts to conflate their names, maybe in an effort to create a new single persona out of the two of them: “To and from Hawkins Dylan Desmond Thomas Dylan Desmond Dylan Desmond Hawkins Thomas Dylan Desmond.” He has also included a more conventional inscription, signed “Dylan Thomas 24th May 1936.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 111544
"O come, then, quickly come! We are budding, we are blowing; And the wind that we perfume Sings a tune that's worth the knowing": First Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems; Inscribed by Him
Boston: James Munroe & Co, 1847.
First edition with four pages of publisher’s ads dated January 1, 1847 bound before the title of this collection of poems. Octavo, bound in publisher’s boards covered in coated ivory-colored paper, with publisher’s label on spine. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Elizabeth Burgess with the best wishes of R.W.E. 1 Jan. 1847.” In very good condition with some wear to the binding. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Emerson in the year of publication.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 70005
“Do anything, but let it produce joy": RARE SECOND EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS; ONE OF ONE THOUSAND COPIES
Brooklyn, New York: Fowler and Wells, 1856.
Rare second edition, one of a 1000 copies of the most important volume in American poetry, with an additional twenty poems not found in the first edition as well as a new section of correspondence and reviews entitled “Leaves-droppings” that begins with the famous letter from Emerson containing the salutation “I greet you at the beginning of a great career.” Small octavo, original green cloth. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Walt Whitman. Bookplate of Barrett Wendell to the inside panel. Barrett was an American academic and a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he was also elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. Bookplate of William Whitwell Greenough. Greenough was a Boston merchant and politician, trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1856-1888, President of the Board of Trustees, 1866-1888. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and overall light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of this rarity with noted provenance.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 50052
"Who Is Content Only With The Right Word": First Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Inscribed by Seamus Heaney to his Aunt
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. Association copy, 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 Item Number: 3529
Buenos Aires: Sur, 1928.
First edition of Garcia Lorca’s classic work. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. Signed on the title page by Federico Garcia Lorca, who has drawn a face next to his signature. Books signed by Garcia Lorca are exceedingly rare, as he was killed in 1936. In very good condition with a contemporary bookplate of Fernando Ortiz to the pastedown with light rubbing. Ortiz was a Cuban essayist, anthropologist, ethnomusicologist and scholar of Afro-Cuban culture. A very nice example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 53005
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light": Signed Limited First Edition of Dylan Thomas' In Country Sleep
New York: New Directions, 1952.
Signed limited edition, one of 100 copies of this collection of poems, including the first book appearance of “Do not go gentle into that good night,” published the year before his death, Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dylan Thomas. Fine in a fine slipcase. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 109248
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary": First Edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845.
Rare first edition in book form of Poe’s famed work. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In very good condition with some light foxing and usual wear. BAL 16147.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 111538
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
“For you know only a heap of broken images”: Rare First Edition of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land; One of 460 Examples
Richmond: By Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1923.
First edition, first state of one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Octavo, original marbled blue boards; one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Leonard and Virginia Woolf. In near fine condition with a small piece missing from the spine. An exceptional example, as most examples of this fragile work appear lacking the spine.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 121343
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire": The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats; Finely bound by Riviere
Stratford-on-Avon: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, 1908.
The collected works of William Butler Yeats. Octavo, 8 volumes, bound in full polished calf by Riviere with burgundy morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and read panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece to each volume. In fine condition, bookplate. An exceptional set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 127536
"And the voice of his devotion filled my soul with strange emotion; for its tones by turns were glad, sweetly solemn, wildly-sad": First Edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Poems on Slavery; inscribed by him
Cambridge: John Owen, 1842.
First edition of Longfellow’s collection of poems published in support of the United States anti-slavery efforts. Small octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco by Bradstreet’s with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, inner dentelles. Presentation copy, inscribed by Longfellow on the half-title page, “Rev. R. C. Waterston from the Author.” The recipient, Reverend Robert Cassie Waterston, was a noted Unitarian clergyman of Boston, the majority of his library is now housed in the Massachusetts Historical Society. In near fine condition. Bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 101568
First edition of Walt Whitman's Two Rivulets: Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India; one of only 100 copies signed and dated by Walt Whitman and with an autograph note signed by him tipped in
Camden, New Jersey: Author's Edition, 1876.
Scarce first edition, first issue with the blank leaf between ‘As a Strong Bird’ and ‘Memoranda’ and single leaf of advertisements for Whitman’s books inserted between the back flyleaves. One of only 100 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentetlles, gilt top stain, marbled endpapers. With the frontispiece sepia photograph of Whitman signed and dated by him, “Walt Whitman 1881.” From the library of Richard Hoe Lawrence with an autograph note by Whitman tipped in. Addressed to Lawrence and dated March 11, 1881, the note reads, “Dear Sir yours of 10th enclosing #10 received – Walt Whitman.” Richard Hoe Lawrence served as president of the Grolier Club from 1906-1908. He was the great-nephew of Grolier Club co-founder and renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe III. With Lawrence’s bookplates to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114654
Clandestine first Chilean edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Inscribed by him to close friend and publisher Americo Zorilla
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 Item Number: 82604
"Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you": First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam; Warmly Inscribed by Him; And a Two Page Autographed Letter Signed
London: William Heinemann, 1927.
First edition of this powerful collection of aphorisms, poems, and parables from the author of The Prophet. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Marie Luise, With a greeting across the garden, Kahlil.” Also laid in is a signed two page letter on Gibran’s letterhead, completely in his hand. It reads, “Good morning to you, dear Marie Lousie, and many blessings upon you. I have before me now a kindly number of your letters, and I feel quite rich. You see, I went to the country for a while, and while I was there no letters were forwarded to me. Everybody thinks that I must try and get out of the world as though I have never been in it. And they say that I am not well enough to do anything but lie on my back and be still. They are all stupid! I like the little photographs in your last letter very much. They make you seem quite dashing! The hair is infinitely better and, of course, more becoming. No doubt that at the end of October ‘your tresses, like molten gold, falling from heaven to the earth,’ will [be] a pleasant sight to the gods of this world—and the gods of other worlds. I am glad you still like the drawing. Who knows, I may make a better one next winter! And if I should do so, you would want it- and I will not give it to you- and that’s that!!! Always your faithful Kahlil Boston Aug. 28 1927.” In near fine condition.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 33095
"ENOUGH FOR ME IN DREAMS TO SEE AND TOUCH THY GARMENTS' HEM- THY FEET HAVE TROD SO NEAR TO GOD, I MAY NOT FOLLOW THEM": FIRST EDITION OF RUDYARD KIPLING'S MANY INVENTIONS; inscribed by him to his second cousin
London: Macmillan and Co., 1893.
First English edition of this collection of Kipling’s poems and tales. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Rudyard Kipling on the title page in the year of publication to his second cousin by marriage, “Eliot [sic] Balestier from Rudyard Kipling Xmas. 93.” The recipient, Elliot Francis Balestier was the second cousin of Kipling’s wife, Caroline Balestier and her brother, Wolcott, with whom Kipling collaborated with for the novel The Naulahka: A Story Of East And West, which he would later name his historic shingle style house in Dummerston Vermont after. In very good condition. A fine association, exceptionally rare inscribed by Kipling.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 123441
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
New York: Grove Press, 1957.
Number 25 of the rare first edition O’Hara’s classic work of poetry, published in an edition of 75 hardbound copies. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mike- Happy Birthday and I hope the Houses and Odes go on and on into 1262- Frank.” Near fine in the rare original slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare, especially signed.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 115298
"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
"All things return, both sphere and mote, and I shall hear my bluebird's note, and dream the dream of Auburn dell": First Edition, first issue of Ralph Waldo Emerson's May-Day and Other Pieces; Signed by him
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.
First edition, first issue of this collection of Emerson’s later poems. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and botanical emblem to the front panel, top edge gilt. Signed by Emerson on the title page, “R.W. Emerson.” In very good condition with rubbing to the crown of the spine and minor chipping to the front free endpaper. Rare and desirable.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 96771
Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1903.
Autograph Centenary edition with a double sided manuscript in Emerson’s hand bound into volume one. Octavo, 12 volumes, bound in three quarters contemporary morocco over cloth, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Numerous mounted photogravure illustrations. One of 600 copies. In near fine condition.
Price: $7,000.00 Item Number: 104898
"Now the young men go to dance before the Trues": First edition of the Collected Verse of Rudyard Kipling; inscribed by him to Kermit Roosevelt
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1907.
First edition of Kipling’s collected verse, inscribed by him to President Theodore Roosevelt’s son Kermit Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Association copy, signed and inscribed by Rudyard Kipling with a line from The Feet of the Young Men to Kermit Roosevelt on the title page, “Rudyard Kipling Bolemons: August 4. 1912: “now the young men go to dance before the Trues.” RK.” With Roosevelts ownership inscription to the title page, “Kermit Roosevelt March 23, 1909” and his daughter Belle Kermit Roosevelt’s bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and writer Kermit Roosevelt was a graduate of Harvard College, served in both World Wars (in World War I with both the British and American armies), and explored two continents with his father, Theodore Roosevelt. One of Roosevelt’s most popular books, Through the Brazilian Wilderness, recounted their father and son expedition to the Brazilian Jungle which would become known as the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition. In 1909, the year of Kermit’s ownership inscription in the present volume, he and his father undertook a year-long expedition in Africa funded by the Smithsonian Institution. After this trip and a swing through Europe, Kermit returned to Harvard and completed four years of study in two and a half years, graduating with the Class of 1912 (the year of Kipling’s inscription). In very good condition. A unique association.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 122083
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you": First Edition and Signed Limited Edition of The Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 - 1888; one of 600 copies produced and signed by Walt Whitman
Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 – 1888. Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W.)…Portraits from Life…Autograph.
Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros & Co., 1888.
First edition and signed limited edition of Whitman’s self-described “big book essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page-all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it.” Octavo, original brown buckram cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, with four engraved portraits of the author, including the engraved title page. Signed by Walt Whitman on the limitation page under the quote from Leaves of Grass and with the publisher’s limitation note in red ink on the copyright page, “Edition: Six Hundred. Number One Hundred Ninety-Nine.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 101368
Belfast: Festival Publications, 1965.
First edition, third issue of Heaney’s first work. Octavo, original green wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front panel.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 3749
"He has sold his heart to the old black art Men call the daily press": First Edition of Actions and Reactions; Signed and Inscribed by Rudyard Kipling With a verse from The Press
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1909.
First British edition of Kipling’s Actions and Reactions signed and lengthily inscribed by him with a poem. Octavo, original cloth with gilt elephant emblem to the front panel. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by Rudyard Kipling with a verse from his poem, The Press, “To RD Rudyard Kipling. Who once had served to the sultry hour when, roaring like a gale, The Harrild and the Hoe devour The league-long paper bale And has lit his pipe in the morning calm That follows the midnight stress – He has sold his heart to the old black art Men call the daily press R.K.” In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Kipling.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 121500
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
First edition of Neruda’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Edwards. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 109354
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition, early printing of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Fred and Peggy With Love and Laughter Shel Silverstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 115168
First edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Cup and the Falcon; inscribed by him and with seven lines of verse in Tennyson's hand within the text
London: Macmillan and Co, 1884.
First edition of this collection of two Tennyson plays. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Frederick & Jane Locker from Tennyson.” Tennyson has also inscribed seven lines of verse from the original manuscript of The Cup on pages 80 and 81, inserted in the concluding speech of Synorix, “Nay, rather than to clip the flowery robe of Hymen we should add some golden fringe of gorgeousness beyond old use to make the day memorial, when Synorix, first King, Comma, first Queen o’ the snow here the richest lot from fate, to live and to die together.” In fine condition. Bookplates to the pastedown. Housed in a custom morocco and chemise case. Rare and desirable.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100620
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1904.
Octavo, bound in full crushed morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun-Rivière. Front and rear panels with single gilt filler border, upper cover set with an oval miniature painting of Percy Bysshe Shelley, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, a decorative panel in the rest, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and free endpages of watered silk, all edges gilt. Edited by Thomas Hutchinson. In fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 122526
THE SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ELABORATELY BOUND BY BAYNTUN RIVIERE IN A BEAUTIFUL COSWAY-STYLE BINDING WITH A HAND PAINTED IVORENE MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
London: The Riccardi Press, 1913.
The complete sonnets of William Shakespeare bound by Bayntun-Riviere in an elaborate Cosway-style binding. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun-Riviere with a hand painted miniature ivorene portrait of Shakespeare under glass to the front panel within a gilt border, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling and ornamental cornerpieces to the front panel, gilt ruling and central floral vignette to the rear panel, gilt turn-ins, inner dentelles, watered silk doublures and endleaves, all edges gilt. One of 1000 copies printed on handmade Riccardi paper. In fine condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 123490
Rabinadranath Tagore's The King of The Dark Chamber; signed by him and with an autographed signed letter
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original clot with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 27 1927.” Laid in is a typed letter signed by Tagore which reads in part, “Santiniketan, India, April 1, 1926. Dear Sir; I was glad to receive your kind letter asking me to send a few words of greeting to your scholars who will be soon called upon to shoulder the active responsibilities of life. All that I wish to tell your scholars is that my thoughts are with the young and that my heart ever rejoices to see them fight difficulties and make bold experiments. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore.” The recipient, S.D. Green was a 1904 graduate and colleague of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard University. He later taught at the historic Trenton High School in Trenton, New Jersey and amassed an important library of books signed by American Presidents and important early 20th century novelists. Also laid in is the original transmittal letter which accompanied the book dated March 1st 1927 and signed by Tagore’s fellow Bengali poet and close associate Amija C. Chakravarty to Green. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 101701
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1891.
First edition, first issue of Emily Dickinson’s second book of poetry, containing the six typographical errors corrected in all subsequent printings. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt. One of 960 copies printed. In near fine condition with a some rubbing to the extremities. Contemporary name to the front free endpaper.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 96586
"Woman, my soul's stranger, your delight was left to me"; One page autographed handwritten poem completely in the hand of Nobel Prize-Winning Poet George Seferis
Two page autographed handwritten poem completely in the hand of George Seferis. Translated from the Greek: “The porch had darkened, by our side there was a rush in the two hearts had sheltered a confession. And the voice was entrapped in our lips, and we made mistakes and only from the depths of the body, Oh my God, we were waiting for a blessing. Darkness was blowing in the house and from the light of the star oh, your hair’s magnet remember the inaccessible angel. With the fast rings on the floor suddenly like an air blowing in the thought that we were reading the Bible with a prayer. Woman, my soul’s stranger, your delight was left to me, nice beloved woman tonight this foolish today. And the black rings of your eyes, and the nights horror. Bend to get into the case again, blade of my silence, chimera. George Seferis.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 61092
"I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores, Betwixt the sand and the foam, The high tide will erase my foot-prints, And the wind will blow away the foam": Signed Limited First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.
Signed limited edition of the author’s classic work. Number 75 of 95 copies, signed by Kahlil Gibran. Illustrated with seven drawings by the author. In near fine condition, two small names to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom made slipcase. A very sharp example.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 34068
"Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other": First edition of Rabindranath Tagore's Stray Birds; signed by him
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of 320 poems by Tagore. Small octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, frontispiece in color by Willy Pogany, gilt decorative borders to each page. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore on the front free endpaper. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition with some light wear and closed tears. Rare and desirable signed by Tagore.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 96222
"Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rest; snug as a gun": First Edition of Seamus Heaney's Death of A Naturalist; Signed by Him
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 Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. A superior example.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 101967
"For I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep": Jacqueline Kennedy quotation of Robert Frost
Jacqueline Kennedy hand writes the first lines from the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. From the collection of Mary Gallagher, who was the personal secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1957 to 1964, which includes the Kennedy presidency. Before that, she was Senator John F. Kennedy’s secretary and worked briefly for Jackie’s mother. Robert Frost was one of President and Mrs. Kennedy’s favorite poets. He was invited to present two of his poems at the Kennedy Inauguration on January 20, 1961. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is perhaps his best known work; and Frost himself admitted that it was “my best bid for remembrance.” Mrs. Kennedy slightly misquotes the three concluding lines, “For I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep.” Jacqueline wrote them on Mary Gallagher’s shorthand notebook in her new home in Georgetown, in 1964, where she moved to after leaving the White House. Gallagher further explains in her affidavit: “This happened to be but one of the many poems that [Mrs. Kennedy] had chosen daily from little stacks of books in which she had placed paper markers to designate the pages that had the various passages for me to type up over the next few weeks. As she explained, they were ‘for the fund-raising dinner in New York on the 16th, to be recited by Frederic March.’ The poem was recited by March at the Kennedy Library dinner and the Democratic Convention that same year. Matted and framed opposite a photograph of President and Mrs. Kennedy and Robert Frost. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 21 inches.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 44052
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition, early printing of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With Love Shel Silverstein.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 120856
"This One in me knows the universe of the many": Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Rabindranath Tagore
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 Item Number: 22096
"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey": One of 100 Sets of The Works of Lord Byron
Boston: Francis A. Nicolls and Co, 1900.
The Edition des Amateurs, one of 100 copies signed by the editor of the complete works of Lord Byron. Octavo, 16 volumes. Bound in full contemporary morocco, elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels with central arms, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, frontispieces and plates each in three states. Edited by Richard Henry Stoddard. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 109282
"Thank you for all your help on this book- And watch out for smiles that turn into steel bars": First Edition of The Missing Piece Meets the Big O; Warmly Inscribed by Shel Silverstein with a large Drawing
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1981.
First edition of this work of poetry by the author on The Giving Tree. Small quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author with a large drawing across two pages, “For Bonnie- Thank you for all your help on this book- And watch out for smiles that turn into steel bars- Love Shel.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 125143
“Love! Love until the night collapses!: First Edition in English of The Heights of Macchu Picchu; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Jonathan Cape, 1966.
First edition in English of Neruda’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page in green ink. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Peter Barber and Nathaniel Tarn. Translated by Nathaniel Tarn. Preface by Robert Pring-Mill. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 74017
"In the sea caves, for whole days I gazed into your eyes" One page autographed handwritten poem completely in the hand of Nobel Prize-Winning Poet George Seferis
One page signed handwritten poem completely in the hand of George Seferis. Translated from the Greek: “In the sea caves, there’s a thirst there’s a love, there’s an ecstasy, all hard like shells, you can hold them in your palm. In the sea caves, for whole days I gazed into your eyes, and I didn’t know you nor did you know me. George Seferis.” Original manuscripts from Seferis are rare. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 3776
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 Item Number: 77014
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore on the half-title page. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 96033
Rare First Edition, First Issue of Designs by Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray; in the original boards
London: R. Dodsley, 1753.
First edition, first issue, The Abel Berland Copy. Quarto, bound in the original gray boards, illustrated with each of the six poems with a frontispiece, head-piece, initial letter and tail-piece. Each leaf printed on one side only. Half-title reading “Drawings, &c.” Engraved title vignette, 6 engraved plates, 12 head- and tail-pieces, and 6 historiated initials. In near fine condition, rebacked. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. Rare, especially in the original boards.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 84523
"Pale Brows, Still Hands and Dim Hair, I had a beautiful friend and dreamed that the old despair would end in love": First Edition of William Butler Yeats' Later Poems
London: MacMillan and Co, 1922.
First edition of this collection of Yeats’ later poems. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Signed and dated by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “W.B. Yeats Nov. 23. 1922.” In very good condition with toning to the spine. From the library of S. Matthewman to whom this volume was given by Yeats at a poetry reading in Leeds in 1922. Laid in are poems in the recipient’s hand copied from the present volume as well as an original photograph of his sweetheart. Desirable with noted provenance.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 96148
"I wake earlier, now that the birds have come and sing in the unfailing trees": First American Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book No Voyage and Other Poems; Signed Twice by Her
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
First American edition of the poet’s scarce first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the half-title page and again on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Author photograph by Molly Malone Cook. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,750.00 Item Number: 39865
A Bits Chapbook, 1978.
First edition of this early collection by Mary Oliver. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 85647
"HOLD FAST TO DREAMS For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly": Langston Hughes's The Dream Keeper; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.
Early printing of this classic collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations by Helen Sewell. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Edith E. Shepherd, a real teacher whom it is a delight to have known- Sincerely- Langston Hughes Laboratory School, Chicago, May, 1949.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Helen Sewell. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 124784
"The trees are in their autumn beauty, the woodland paths are dry": William Butler Yeats' First American edition of The Wild Swans at Coole; signed by him
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919.
First American edition of this important volume of Yeats’ poetry. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “W.B. Yeats, April 2, 1920.” In near fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 96147
"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
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