"And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning": First Edition of The Inaugural Poem; Inscribed by Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning: The Inaugural Poem.
Angelou, Maya (Bill Clinton).$450.00
Item Number: 3972
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. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “____ ____ Joy Maya Angelou.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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"And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning": First Edition of The Inaugural Poem; Signed 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. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Joy Maya Angelou.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” First edition, first issue of Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley; one of fewer than 500 copies printed and 300 copies sold
London: Printed for John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824.
First edition, first issue of this collection edited and with a preface by Mary Shelley, containing the first publication of much of Shelley’s work. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt label to the spine, raised gilt bands. One of fewer than 500 copies printed and fewer than 300 actually sold before Mary Shelley reluctantly complied to Shelley’s father’s demands that she publish nothing more about his son during his own lifetime. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Rare and desirable.
"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.
New York: Random House, 1947.
First edition of Auden’s most ambitious Pulitzer Prize-winning poem, which inspired Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Stephen with love from Wystan. What lips thy lips have kissed, and Where and why not? After Edna St. Vincent Millay.” Auden has also corrected the line “Of the medicine men who keep this body free”, replacing “who” with “whose magic”. He has also corrected one word on page 93. The recipient, Stephen Spender was an English poet and novelist and one of Auden’s closest personal friends. The two met at Oxford University in 1925 and Auden quickly became Spender’s closest friend and biggest influence. Spender hand printed Auden’s first book Poems of 1928 and Auden introduced him to his own literary mentor and occasional partner Christopher Isherwood who, in turn, became a mentor to Spender. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Andor Braun. Housed in a custom half morocco an chemise case. Rare and desirable.
London: Henry Frowde, 1910.
Finely bound example of Longfellow’s poetical works. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Longfellow. In near fine condition.