Poetry

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Rewi Alley | The People Sing | Rewi Alley | 1958 | Jacket rather worn, with some loss to the spine. | £50.00

Constanzo Allione, Allen Ginsberg | Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds | Mystic Fire | 1989 | 18007278433 VHS – 55 minute 1978 film narrated by Ginsberg & featuring Burroughs, Leary, Di Prima, Baraka & many other luminaries. I’m offering this video as a trophy only, as I have absolutely no way of testing it, but it is quite a glorious object in its own right. | £20.00

John Ashbery | As We Know | Carcanet | 1981 | hardback in jacket – overall, a very good copy but please note the following faults: lettering on spine has faded a tone; back cover of jacket is sunned; edge of page block foxed; previous owner’s signature on reverse of ffep | £40.00

George Barker | A Vision of Beasts and Gods | Faber | 1954 | unclipped jacket is foxed/marked (see photo); white cloth cover, endpapers & edge of page block are foxed; no problem with text pages – First edition | £5.00

Sinclair Beiles | Ashes of Experience | Wurm | 1969 | Quite fervent dedication from author on ffep, along with dedicatee’s signature & rubber stamp duplicating the price on the front flap. Predominantly white cover is worn & marked, outer edge of page block is dusty & marked, & lower corner of ffep is lightly marked | £100.00 

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Sir Richard Blackmore: Prince Arthur : An Heroick Poem in Ten Books. J. Tonson, 1714. Revised fourth edition. Small [approx 13.5 x 8 cm] leatherbound volume. Cover rather worn & scuffed. Marbled edge and endpapers. Lower tip of back endpaper has been torn away [appox. 1 cm off each edge]. £100.00

Giovanni Boccaccio, David R. Slavitt | The Latin Eclogues | Johns Hopkins | 2010 | no jacket | £16.00

Keith Bosley | The Kanteletar: Lyrics and Ballads After Oral Tradition | OUP | 1992 | light wear to cover & edge, no problem with text pages | £50.00

André Breton: Mad Love. Nebraska 1987. Hardback in rather worn jacket, edge of pageblock foxed. £50.00

André Breton; René Char; Paul Éluard; Keith Waldrop [tr.]: Ralentir Travaux. Exact Change 1990. Cover scuffed, lower corner bumped. [ref: 0218] £40.00

Roy Campbell [tr.] | Poems of Baudelaire: les Fleurs du Mal | Harvill | 1952 | First edition in unclipped jacket. Jacket is ragged at edges, missing lower part of spine; red cloth cover underneath is sunned at exposed areas of spine. Paper tanned with age, outer edge of pageblock foxed. Still a handsome copy, despite these faults. | £30.00

Sydney Carter | Songs of Sydney Carter In the Present Tense 1 | Galliard |1969 | Stapled pamphlet. This thin booklet appears to have been carried around loose in a bag at some time, & is rather bent, with a crumpled top edge, hence grading. Otherwise in very good condition. | £10.00

Charles Causley | Union Street | Rupert Hart-Davis | 1957 | first edition in unclipped jacket, mark on lower edge of back cover | £20.00

Austin Clarke | Later Poems | Dolmen Press / Oxford University Press | 1961 | very good hardback in unclipped jacket – at first glance, the jacket is also in vg condition, but the front cover is completely detached from the spine: the whole jacket is currently held loosely together inside a clear plastic sleeve – paper of jacket has darkened with age, outer edge of pageblock is a little dustmarked – First edition | £7.50

Claudian / Leonard Digges [tr] / H. H. Huxley [ed] | The Rape of Proserpine | Liverpool | 1959 | paperback in jacket, bookplate on reverse of cover, edge foxed, front cover set a little forward, no problem with text pages, ready to post in UK |  £20.00

Andrew Crozier & Tim Longville | A Various Art | Carcanet | 1987 | 9780856356988 Lower edge of jacket lightly marked, spine faded. Outer edge of pageblock a little dustmarked & foxed. Outer tip of one page folded over. | £25.00

E. E. Cummings | Three Plays and a Ballet | Peter Owen | 1968 | vg- hardback in jacket | £30.00

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Michael Drayton, ed. John Buxton: Poems of Michael Drayton. Routledge & Kegan Paul 1953. Muses’ Library 2 volume set. No jackets, some foxing to paper, most evident on edges & endpapers, ownership signature on ffeps. Lower corner of the front cover of vol 1 bumped. £30.00

Lord Dunsany | The Odes of Horace | Heinemann | 1947 | no jacket, spine lightly sunned, gift inscription on front pastedown | £12.00

Hans Magnus Enzensberger | The Sinking of the Titanic | Carcanet | 1981 | UK 1st in jacket. Spine & very top edge of jacket sunned, paper tanned with age. | £35.00

Lawrence Ferlinghetti | Back Roads to Far Towns after Basho | 1971 | 2nd printing, outer edge of page block is foxed, otherwise a very good copy | £35.00

Stanley Fisher [ed.]; Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, Jack Kerouac, etc. [contribs.] | Beat Coast East: An Anthology of Rebellion | Excelsior Press | 1960 | spine & adjoining edge of cover lightly sunned, bottom of back cover a little marked | £20.00

David C. D. Gansz | Per Missions | Pedernal | n.d. | Stapled pamphlet. Unlaminated cover lightly marked. | £7.50

David C. D. Gansz | The Sentencing | St. Lazaire Press | 1989 | Stapled pamphlet. Pale card cover & paper foxed. | £7.50

George Gascoigne, Roger Pooley | The Green Knight | Carcanet | 1982 | hardback in unclipped jacket, paper tanned with age | £20.00

Lyn Hejinian | The Cold of Poetry | Sun & Moon | 1984 | 9781557130631 Background of spine faded; lettering remains fully legible. | £20.00

Rayner Heppenstall | Sebastian | Dent | 1937 | reading copy – pale cover is worn, marked & scuffed, large inked initials & a paint or paste mark on front pastedown, pages look handled | £10.00

Geoffrey Hill | The Lords of Limit | Oxford | 1984 | paperback in jacket, short nick at top of spine of jacket | £12.00

Geoffrey Hill | Mercian Hymns | Andre Deutsch | 1971 | 1 cm closed tear on upper edge of front cover. 1st paperback printing with light foxing to edge & endpapers. Contemporary Poetry Book Society Bulletin loosely inserted. | £50.00

Friedrich Hölderlin; James Michell [tr.] | Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin | Ithuriel’s Spear | 2004 | 9780974950204 Inscription by translator on ffep. | £20.00

Anselm Hollo | The Man in the Treetop Hat | Turret Books | 1968 | No 53 of 100 copies signed by author & artist. Spine & top edge of back cover of jacket faded, a little foxing to edge of pageblock. | £25.00

Lita Hornick [ed] | Kulchur 16 – volume 4, number 16, winter 1964-65 | Includes writing by LeRoi Jones and Rochelle Owens, Creeley in conversation with Charles Tomlinson, Warhol interviewed by Malanga; white cover rubbed and marked, paper foxed | £20.00

Philip Lamantia | Selected Poems 1943-1966 | City Lights Books | 1967 | Pocket Poets Series Number Twenty. Light foxing to unlaminated cover, small dark mark on lower edge of page block, otherwise a lovely copy. | £30.00

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Walter Savage Landor: The Hellenics, comprising Heroic Idyls, &c. New Edition, Enlarged. Nichol, 1859. Bookplate stuck over outline of larger removed bookplate on front pastedown; ownership signatures on ffep. Some wear to extremities of spine, endpapers etc. foxed. £30.00

Robert Lax | New Poems 1962/1985 | Coracle | 1986 | 3922760074 White cover is a little sunned, slightly worn at corners; lower edge of pageblock is a little shelfmarked. | £100.00

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Gerry Loose: Starworks. Longhouse 2009. Approximately A7 sized publication, 2 strips of text in a folded card cover, secured by a printed band. £10.00

Robert Lowell | The Dolphin | Faber | 1973 | first edition in unclipped jacket | £15.00

Hugh MacDiarmid | Second Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems | Stanley Nott | 1935 | First edition, no jacket. Yellow cloth cover is a little worn & marked. 1935 ownership signature on ffep. A few page numbers noted in pencil on rear pastedown. | £50.00

David Mallet: The Works of David Mallet : 3 volumes in 1. Georg Olms 2002 hardback with light wear to cover. £50.00

Michael McClure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Meltzer [eds.] | Journal for the Protection of All Beings: A Visionary & Revolutionary Review, No. 1: Love-Shot Issue | City Lights Books | 1961 | Paper tanned with age, card cover foxed, some loss to extremities of spine, the spine has become buckled about a quarter of the way down its length, with a short split where it adjoins the back cover and a crease extending onto the adjoining edge of the front cover. Still a good copy of this significant publication. | £80.00

Charlotte Mew; Val Warner [ed., intr.] | Charlotte Mew: Collected Poems & Selected Prose | Carcanet | 2003 | 9781857547061 Very light external wear. | £30.00

Christopher Middleton | Jackdaw Jiving: Essays | Carcanet | 1998 | light wear to cover & edge | £50.00

Tom Montag [ed], John Jacob [ed] | Margins number eighteen 3/1975: Symposium on Michael McClure | stapled publication on newsprint; paper is tanned and foxed | £12.50

Nicholas Moore; Peter Riley [ed] | Longings of the Acrobats | Carcanet | 1990 | 9780856358760 Spine lightly faded. | £100.00

Dwina Murphy-Gibb; Terence DuQuesne | Celtic Dawn number six 1990 incorporating The Yeats Club Review VI | Includes Crowley’s poem to A. O. Spare, “Now for Reality”, & his translation of Baudelaire’s “The Stranger” | £15.00

Shovkat Niyazi: Voices of Friends : Soviet Poets. Progress 1973 hardback in jacket – white background of jacket is sunned, & there are several short closed tears at the edge – gift inscription on ffep, marks have been put beside a number of poems in the Contents list £17.50

Charles Olson | Additional Prose: A Bibliography on America, Proprioception, & Other Notes & Essays | Four Seasons Foundation | 1974 | cover worn, name on ffep, no problem with text pages | £15.00

Peter Orlovsky | Clean Asshole Poems, Smiling Vegetable Songs | City Lights | 1980 | 1980 second printing. Edge & white areas of cover foxed, faint pencil traces on ffep, text pages in vg condition. | £75.00 

Kenneth Patchen | Hallelujah Anyway | New Directions | n.d. | Hardback with pictorial cover in unclipped jacket. Spine of jacket is faded but fully legible, edges of jacket are worn. Very top of spine of the hardcover is sunned. Pre-decimal sterling price is marked on front flap in pencil. | £40.00

Claude Pélieu, William S. Burroughs [intr.], Mary Beach [tr.] | With Revolvers Aimed … Finger Bowls | Beach Books | 1967 | cover & edge worn, edge foxed, no problem with text pages | £20.00

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Hovhanness I. Pilikian: 1915 – An Armenian Symphony and Other Poems. Counter-Point 1980 paperback with minor wear to cover & edge £7.50

Ezra Pound | Guide to Kulchur | Peter Owen | 1960 | third impression in unclipped jacket, a couple of light marks on pale spine of jacket | £35.00

Christine Brooke-Rose | A ZBC of Ezra Pound | Faber | 1971 | 0571091350 First edition in unclipped jacket. White back cover of jacket is a little rubbed and marked, and the spine and edge of the front cover are lightly faded. Name on ffep. | £20.00

Ronald Bush | The Genesis of Ezra Pound’s Cantos | Princeton | outer edge lightly marked | £20.00

William Cookson | A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound | Croom Helm | 1985 | hardback in jacket, name on ffep – First edition | £100.00

William Cookson | Reader’s Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound | 1985 | edge of cover sunned | £40.00

Donald Davie | Studies in Ezra Pound | Carcanet | hardback in clipped jacket, a couple of small light marks on outer edge | £35.00

Christine Froula | A Guide to Ezra Pound’s Selected Poems | New Directions | 1983 | hardback in price-clipped jacket | £30.00

Peter Makin | Pound’s Cantos | George Allen & Unwin | lower corner of back cover creased, label trace on back cover, errata slip loosely inserted | £17.50

K. K. Ruthven | Ezra Pound as Literary Critic | Routledge | 1990 | hardback in jacket | £25.00

J. H. Prynne | Streak—Willing—Entourage Artesian | Barque | 2009 | a few marks on cover, lower edge shelfmarked | £100.00

J. H. Prynne: Sub Songs. Barque 2010. Super colossal stapled pamphlet, light wear to cover. £100.00

Kenneth Rexroth | Poetry Readings in the Cellar | audio cd – disc in excellent condition, light wear to cover | £90.00

Alexander Sandilands | A Hundred and Twenty Negro Spirituals Selected Chiefly with a View to their Being Used by Africans in Africa | Morija Sesuto Book Depot | 1951 | hardback, no jacket | £20.00

Gary Snyder, Mimi Osborne [illus.] | All in the Family | U C D Library Associates | 1975 | No. 171 of 200 copies, signed by both author & artist. | £50.00 

Gary Snyder | On Bread and Poetry: A Panel Discussion Between Gary Snyder, Lew Welch and Philip Whalen | Grey Fox | 1977 | 0912516275 apparently unread copy with light foxing to outer edge | £30.00

Gary Snyder | Passage through India | Grey Fox | 1983 | 0912516801 Spine & edge of cover sunned; back cover lightly rubbed; top corner lightly bowed; outer edge of pageblock lightly foxed; lower edge of pageblock dustmarked; no problem with text pages | £10.00

Gary Snyder | The Practice of the Wild | North Point | 1990 | 0865474540 light wear to cover & edge, top edge of pageblock foxed | £12.00

James Campbell, Gary Snyder | High Peak Haikus: An Interview with Gary Snyder | Beat Scene | 2006 | No. 17 of an edition of 100. | £20.00 

Gary Snyder, Julia Martin | Nobody Home | Trinity | 2014 | 9781595342515 lower edge of pageblock dustmarked, one page corner folded over | £10.00

Howard McCord | Some Notes to Gary Snyder’s Myths & Texts | Sand Dollar | 1971 | name on ffep | £15.00

Charles Molesworth | Gary Snyder’s Vision | Missouri | 1983 | 0826204147 spine lightly faded, bumped at the top; upper edge of pageblock foxed; top corner of final pages & back cover lightly bowed | £20.00

Thomas Southerne / Robert Jordan / Harold Love: The Works of Thomas Southerne : volume 1. Clarendon Press 1988. Volume 1 only. Hardback with lightly scuffed cover. £50.00

Anne Stevenson | The Collected Poems 1955-1995 | Bloodaxe | 2000 | 9781852245320 | Evidently a copy from the 1996 Oxford Poets edition which transferred to Bloodaxe along with the poet herself. “Oxford Poets” is still visible on the front cover, blanked out on the back. The spine shows both a printed Oxford logo, & a pasted-down “Bloodaxe”. A new price & barcode strip has been pasted to the back cover. A large Bloodaxe logo has been stuck down to the title page, & a completely new publishing information page has been stuck down on its reverse. | £20.00

Derek Walcott | Castaway | 1969 paperback edition, lamination is starting to bubble on the cover, Trinidadian book shop label on reverse of front cover, light reading crease to prelims, no problem with text pages | £30.00

Roderick Walcott | The Benjy Trilogy : The Harrowing of Benjy; A Flight of Sparrows; The Education of Alfie | Ian Randle Publishers | 2000 | light wear to cover & edge | £100.00

William Wantling | The Awakening | Rapp & Whiting | 1968 | Jacket is price-clipped; series title is partly faded on spine. Outer edge of page-block foxed. | £25.00

Lew Welch | Courses | Cranium Press | 1968 | some wear to cover, previous owner’s initials on ffep | £20.00

Lew Welch | How I Work as a Poet | 2001 | some wear to corners, edge foxed, back cover lightly scuffed – text pages unmarked | £50.00

Philip Whalen | The Unidentified Accomplice or, the Transmissions of C. W. Moss | Coyote | 2006 | hand lettered text, plain cover under printed wrap | £20.00

Kenneth White | The Cold Wind of Dawn | Jonathan Cape | 1966 | hardback 1st in unclipped jacket, outer edge foxed, a handsome copy | £40.00

Heathcote Williams | The Last Dodo and Dreams of Flying | New River Press | 2016 | 9780995480728 | Signed & numbered by author, minor wear to pale unlaminated cover | £20.00

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W.B Yeats | The Variorum Edition of the Plays of W.B. Yeats | Macmillan | 1979 | Edited by Russell K. Alspach & Catherine C. Alspach. Good plus/good plus. Slight wear to top of unclipped dustjacket, sl fading to top of blue boards. Top of page block dusty. Name etc of previous owner on fep. Internally vg | £100.00

Augustus Young | On Loaning Hill | New Writers Press | 1972 | cover is worn & rubbed, with a couple of small stickers which I would not personally try to remove, edge is rather foxed, no problem with text pages – First edition | £15.00

Louis Zukofsky | “A”-24 | Grossman | 1972 | 0670100242 a handsome copy in price clipped dustjacket, lower edge of cloth cover shelfworn | £20.00

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Louis Zukofsky | Ferdinand | Cape Editions | 1968 | £20.00

Louis Zukofsky | Prepositions | Horizon Press | 1968 | vg- hardback in jacket, white background of jacket has become discoloured | £25.00