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"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…
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 122083
"Like a bird on a wire like a drunk on a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Death of a Lady's Man; Lengthily inscribed by Him
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1978.
First Canadian edition (and true first), first state with "Lie down." on page 94. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "For Michael, Like a bird on a wire like a drunk on a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free Leonard 29 Sept 1980." Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. A unique example.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 128929
John Keats: His Life and Poetry; ELABORATELY BOUND IN FULL CRUSHED LEVANT MOROCCO BY Bryan Frost and Company IN A COSWAY-STYLE BINDING
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1920.
Finley bound example of Colvin's appreciation of the great English Romantic poet. Octavo, bound in full crushed levant scarlet morocco by Bryan Frost and Company in an elaborate Cosway-style binding with a hand painted miniature ivorene portrait of Keats under glass to the front panel within an elaborate gilt botanical vignette, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt-ruled turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, watered silk endleaves, illustrated, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Keats. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 138615
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. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45). In near fine condition, with the rear jacket flap laid in.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 138294
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
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: $5,500.00 Item Number: 122526
A Bits Chapbook, 1978.
First edition of this early collection by Mary Oliver. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the front free endpaper and on the title page. In fine condition. Rare.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 133671
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…
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100620
"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…
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
Washington, D.C: The Associated Publishers, 1944.
First edition of this work by one of the great writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket, which is in very good condition. Illustrated by Lois Mailou Jones.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 134369
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you”: 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. Octavo, original half cloth over marbled boards, number 33 of 95 copies, signed by Kahlil Gibran. Illustrated with seven drawings by the author. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,600.00 Item Number: 131582
"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
"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
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
“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
"And if I should live to be the The Last Leaf upon the tree in the Spring, Let them smile as I do now At the old forsaken bough Where I cling": First edition of Oliver Wendell Holmes' The Last Leaf; inscribed by him to Ulysses S. Grant's daughter Nellie Grant
Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Co. The Riverside Press, 1886.
First edition of Holmes' classic poem. Folio, original publisher's half vellum with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and panels, top edge gilt, illustrated by George Wharton Edwards and F. Hopkinson Smith. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Ulysses S. Grant's daughter Nellie Grant, "Oliver Wendell Holmes for Miss Nellie Grant" and additionally signed and inscribed by him on the second blank with a stanza from The Last Leaf, "And if I should live to be the The Last Leaf upon the tree in the Spring, Let them smile as I do now…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 138225
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979.
First edition of Mary Oliver's fourth book. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "June 22, 1979 Love to Ray and Nicky from Mary. Provincetown." The recipients were close friends of the author in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Char Lappan. Photograph by Molly Malone Cook. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 85561
"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
"I am only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands": First edition of Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali (Song Offerings); One of only 250 copies sold
London: Printed at The Chiswick Press for The India Society, 1912.
First edition of this collection of prose translated by Tagore from the original Bengali, largely for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait of Tagore with tissue guard present. One of 750 copies printed for the India Society only 250 of which were available for sale. Introduction by W.B. Yeats. In very good condition. Bookplate and stamps for the Northbook Society (a British advocacy society and reading room for Indian literature, defunct in the 1960s). Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 130449
"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
"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
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
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
"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 wrappers, patterned endpapers. Signed by Leonard Cohen in a contemporary hand on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Frank Newfeld. Photograph of Cohen by John Max. Drawings by Frank Newfeld. Uncommon signed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 130742
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1914.
First edition one of only 595 copies of Dickinson's fourth collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. The Thomas Bird Mosher copy with his bookplate. Mosher was a notable private press publisher out of Portland, Maine. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 127543
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
"I thought that only Someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks Could so forget his handiwork on which He spent himself": Robert Frost's North of Boston; lengthily inscribed by him with a poem
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1929.
Early printing of Frost's second published book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with an excerpt from his poem, The Wood Pile, "I thought that only Someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks Could so forget his handiwork on which He spent himself, the labor of his axe. And leave it there far from a useful fireplace To warm the frozen swamp as best it could With the slow smokeless burning of decay. Robert Frost For Mrs. R.R. Chappell." With the recipient's bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 109521
"The single most important poem of the past quarter century in American letters": First Signed Limited Edition of Allen Ginsberg's Howl: For Carl Solomon; Signed and dated by him with a signed postcard laid in
San Francisco: Grabhorn-Hoyem, 1971.
First signed limited edition of Ginsberg's Howl with new additions and corrections. Quarto, original illustrated linen designed by Robert La Vigne. One of 275 copies printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem on hand-made paper with edges untrimmed and signed and dated by Allen Ginsberg on the title page, "Allen Ginsberg August 30, 1971 San Francisco." Laid in are the original introductory announcements by Hoyem & Grabhorn and notes by Ginsberg. Also laid in is the original transmittal postcard signed by Ginsberg and entirely in his hand. Addressed to Glen Todd, the postcard reads, "Dec 31, 71 Dear Glen, Happy New…
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 95298
“A man is indeed a city, and for the poet there are no ideas but in things": Scarce Complete first edition set of William Carlos Williams' Masterpiece Paterson; each volume in the rare original dust jacket
New York: New Directions, 1946-1958.
Scarce complete first edition set of William Carlos Williams' masterpiece including Book III, winner of the first National Book Award for Poetry. Octavo, five volumes, Books I-IV limited to 1,000 copies. In the Author's Note to Book I, Williams describes the work as "a long poem in four parts", yet a fifth volume was published seven years after the publication of Book IV and only five years before Williams' death without a limitation statement. Each volume is near fine to fine in a near fine to fine dust jacket. Jacket drawing of William Carlos Williams to Book V by his…
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 109863
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
"Oh south winds have long memories": First edition of Howard Weeden's Bandanna Ballads; signed and inscribed three times by Joel Chandler Harris who contributed the introduction
New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899.
First edition of Maria Howard Weeden's best-known collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated by the author, tissue-guarded frontispiece. Introduction by Joel Chandler Harris. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harris on the flyleaf, "Faithfully yours: Joel Chandler Harris Atlanta Ga.: 6 September 1900." Additionally signed by him on the title page and at the conclusion of the introduction. In fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,850.00 Item Number: 133067
"The missing piece sat alone waiting for someone to come along and take it somewhere": First Edition of The Missing Piece Meets the Big O; Signed by Shel Silverstein
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. Boldly signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 4170
"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
First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Book of Mercy; Inscribed by Him to Close Friend and Record Producer Dick Asher
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1984.
First Canadian edition and true first of the author's classic collection of contemporary psalms. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Dick Asher with affection Leonard Cohen New York 1985." The recipient Dick Asher was a top executive at Columbia Records, Cohen's record label and a close friend of his. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael van Elsen. An exceptional association.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124529
Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1886.
Octavo, three-quarters leather, 14 volumes. Top edge gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers. One of 500 numbered copies. This is set number 144. It also includes the three volume Final Memorials of Longfellow by Ticknor and Company published in 1887. All volumes are numbered 144 of 300 copies. Each volume contains the bookplate of noted American poet and publisher Scofield Thayer, best known for his art collection, which is housed in the Metropolitan Mueseum of Art. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 3612