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CORMAN, Cid (Sidney), 1924-2004 : THREE POEMS.

CORMAN, Cid (Sidney), 1924-2004 : THREE POEMS.

Rushden : Sceptre Press, (1973). First edition : one of fifty numbered copies (of 150) signed by Cid Corman.
Post 8vo (21cm). [8]pp. Original lilac stapled card wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in black; very faintly sunned, a hint of rusting to staples, but a very good copy.

£20

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CORMAN, Cid (Sidney), 1924-2004 : THE PROMISE : THE PREMISE : SIX POEMS.

CORMAN, Cid (Sidney), 1924-2004 : THE PROMISE : THE PREMISE : SIX POEMS.

London : Northern Lights Publishers, (1986). First edition : limited to 200 numbered copies.
Narrow demy 8vo (21cm). Single ivory sheet, folding to form four leaves; a very good copy of an uncommon item.

£25

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DUFF, Gerald, 1938- : A CEREMONY OF LIGHT : POEMS.

Egham : Interim Press, (1976). First edition : one of twenty copies (of 200) numbered and signed by the American poet, Gerald Duff. Eleven poems.
Foolscap 4to. (18),[ii]pp. Original green stapled wrappers, lettered in black; very good.

£20

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ELON, Florence, 1946- : FLESH OF HIS FLESH.

ELON, Florence, 1946- : FLESH OF HIS FLESH.

Richmond : Keepsake Press, 1984. First edition : one of 200 ordinary copies (of 225). A collection of twenty-one poems, with illustrations by Warwick Hutton (1939-1994). Includes “My Eyelids Open”, “Under the Study Door”, “The Name for Moustache”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],32,[iv]pp. Original white wrappers, printed in grey and dark red, with a Warwick Hutton design; wrappers faintly spotted, but otherwise a very good copy. Lewis 70.

£15

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FROST, Robert, 1874-1963 : MY OBJECTION TO BEING STEPPED ON : A NEW POEM.

FROST, Robert, 1874-1963 : MY OBJECTION TO BEING STEPPED ON : A NEW POEM.

[New York] : Henry Holt & Co., (1957). First edition : [one of 2,675 copies (of 8,290) printed for Henry Holt & Co.]. A Christmas greeting, with Frost’s poem and drawings by Leonard Baskin. Loosely inserted is a later related printed card from the collector and bibliographer, Jack Hagstrom.
Pott 8vo (14cm). [12]pp. Original ivory stapled wrappers, decorated with a Baskin design in green on upper wrapper and in black on lower wrapper, lettered on upper wrapper in black; very good.

£30

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FROST, Robert, 1874-1963 : NOTES BY ROBERT FROST ON HIS LIFE AND EARLY WRITINGS.

FROST, Robert, 1874-1963 : NOTES BY ROBERT FROST ON HIS LIFE AND EARLY WRITINGS.

Amherst : Friends of the Amherst College Library, 1991. First edition : one of 3,000 copies. An autobiographical essay originally compiled for John Gallishaw in the early 1920s. With an introduction by William H. Pritchard.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (16)pp. Frontispiece portrait. Original pale cream card wrappers; very good indeed in the pale green dust-jacket, lettered on upper panel in black.

£25

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FRIED, Michael, 1939- : OTHER HANDS.

FRIED, Michael, 1939- : OTHER HANDS.

Oxford : Oscar Mellor at the Fantasy Press, (1962). First edition. Eight poems from the New York poet and art historian.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [12]pp. Original stapled pink wrappers, lettered in black and decorated in red; some rusting to staples, but otherwise very good.

£20

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HUMPHRIES, Rolfe, 1894-1969 : FORBID THY RAVENS : DIDACTIC AND LYRICAL POEMS.

New York & London : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1947. First edition : the first issue, with the Scribner seal and letter A. A presentation copy, inscribed to the poet Stephen Spender, signed and dated (1947) by Rolfe Humphries. A collection of twenty-four poems.
Crown 8vo. [xiv],50pp. Original black cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; slightly disfigured by some small adhesions from dust-jacket, label removed from front paste-down, but a good copy in the original blue, white and maroon dust-jacket – worn, chipped and slightly defective at head of spine.

£25

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JAFFIN, David, 1937- : LATE MARCH.

JAFFIN, David, 1937- : LATE MARCH.

Rushden : Sceptre Press, (1973). First edition : one of thirty numbered copies (of 100) signed by David Jaffin. A poem.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [4]pp. Original ochre wrappers, ruled and lettered on upper wrapper in black; very good.

£20

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KLEINSCHMIDT, Edward, 1946- : TO REMAIN.

KLEINSCHMIDT, Edward, 1946- : TO REMAIN.

Woodside : Heyeck Press, 1990. First edition : one of just 200 copies (of 950) in hand-marbled wrappers. A poem. Number 6 in the Flowering Quince Poetry Series.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [24]pp. Original black-grey marbled wrappers; just a hint of bruising, but otherwise very good.

£25

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KNIGHT, Glee, 1947- : THE BIG APPLE.

KNIGHT, Glee, 1947- : THE BIG APPLE.

Knotting : Sceptre Press, (1974). First edition : one of fifty numbered copies (of 150) signed by Glee Knight. A poem.
Oblong foolscap 8vo (11 x 15cm). [4]pp. Original magenta wrappers, lettered in black; very good.

£20

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KRAPF, Norbert, 1943- : THE PLAYFAIR BOOK OF HOURS.

KRAPF, Norbert, 1943- : THE PLAYFAIR BOOK OF HOURS.

Denver : Ally Press, (1976). First edition : one of 450 regular copies (of 500). Twelve poems – one for each month – based on the Playfair Book of Hours in the V&A.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [20]pp. Original off-white wrappers, printed in black; very good.

£15

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KRAPF, Norbert, 1943- : SONG OF THE MUSIC STAND.

KRAPF, Norbert, 1943- : SONG OF THE MUSIC STAND.

Knotting : Sceptre Press, (1977). First edition : limited to 150 copies. This copy of the poem not numbered, but marked out of series and signed by Norbert Krapf.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Original green stapled card wrappers, lettered in black; very good.

£20

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McCLURE, Michael, 1932- : MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS.

McCLURE, Michael, 1932- : MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS.

San Francisco : City Lights, (1963). First edition. Eight essays on drugs, suicide, Camus, Artaud, etc., by the poet. Introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (84)pp. Original monochrome pictorial wrappers; very lightly used; faint spine crease; top edge a little spotted, but a good copy.

£20

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MERKER, K.K. (Karl Kimber), 1932-2013 : POEM FOR CON.

MERKER, K.K. (Karl Kimber), 1932-2013 : POEM FOR CON.

[West Chester] : Aralia Press, 1997. First separate edition : limited to 250 copies. A 1959 poem from Kim Merker – handsomely printed at the Aralia Press to commemorate the Grolier Club Exhibition.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). Single sheet, folding to form two leaves, printed in blue and black; a few very tiny spots, but otherwise very good indeed.

£20

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MOSS, Stanley, 1925- : THE INTELLIGENCE OF CLOUDS : POEMS.

MOSS, Stanley, 1925- : THE INTELLIGENCE OF CLOUDS : POEMS.

London : Anvil Press Poetry, (1989). First edition : the British issue, one of just sixty hardback copies, signed by Stanley Moss. This copy not numbered. A collection of forty-eight poems.
Crown 4to (24cm). [x],(84),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; top edge a little dusty, but otherwise very good in the original dust-jacket – a design in blue, red, black and white by S.M. and Wongi Sui – just lightly sunned and fainly creased.

£20

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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including "Parliament Hill Fields", "Stillborn", "Heavy Women", "Love Letter", "Small Hours", etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original blue cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – also very good, fresh and unworn.

£200

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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including “Parliament Hill Fields”, “Stillborn”, “Heavy Women”, “Love Letter”, “Small Hours”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original blue cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; just a hint of rubbing; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – just a little tanned, with a couple of spots on lower panel, but also very good.

£150

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SCHAEFFER, Susan (Susan Fromberg), 1940-2011 : WIDOW.

SCHAEFFER, Susan (Susan Fromberg), 1940-2011 : WIDOW.

Rushden : Sceptre Press, (1973). First edition : one of thirty numbered copies (of 100) signed by Susan Schaeffer. A poem.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [4]pp. Original deep yellow wrappers, ruled and lettered in black; very good.

£20

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SOSSAMAN, Stephen : DEATH IN THE BRONX ZOO.

SOSSAMAN, Stephen : DEATH IN THE BRONX ZOO.

Rushden : Sceptre Press, (1974). First edition : one of fifty numbered copies (of 150) signed by Stephen Sossaman. A poem.
Post 8vo (21cm). [4]pp. Original ochre wrappers, ruled and lettered in black; very good.

£20

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STEVENS, Wallace, 1879-1955 – contributor : VOICES : A QUARTERLY OF POETRY. NUMBER 121. SPRING 1945. WALLACE STEVENS ISSUE.

STEVENS, Wallace, 1879-1955 – contributor : VOICES : A QUARTERLY OF POETRY. NUMBER 121. SPRING 1945. WALLACE STEVENS ISSUE.

Brattleboro : E. L. Vinal, 1945. A special Wallace Stevens number of the Harold Vinal magazine, with selected poems from all his earlier collections and the first publication of six pages of “New Poems” – the four parts of “The Pure Good of Theory” (All the Preludes to Felicity, Description of a Platonic Person, Fire-Monsters in the Milky Brain, and Dry Birds are Fluttering in Blue Leaves), as well as “A Word with José Rodríguez-Feo”, “Paisant Chronicle” and “Flyer’s Fall”. The issue also includes John Malcolm Brinnin’s essay, “Plato, Phoebus and the Man from Hartford : An Essay on Wallace Stevens”, as well as contemporary reviews of Robert Lowell’s “Land of Unlikeness” and Robert Frost’s “A Masque of Reason”.
Medium 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original printed wrappers – printed in red and black on ivory; a few very minor marks and signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£50

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VARNEY, John (John Cushing), 1888-1967 : SPUN SEQUENCE : POEMS.

VARNEY, John (John Cushing), 1888-1967 : SPUN SEQUENCE : POEMS.

London : Villiers Publications, (1960). First edition. Inscribed to Terence Haywood and signed by John Varney on the half-title. A collection of over 100 poems, including “Small Town Boy”, “Manhattan Solaces”, “Mavericks”, “Leadbelly”, “Irrevocably Local”, “Liberals and Spain”, “Rollcall of Illiterates”, “I Bet on New Horses”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 188pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in red and black on off-white – just slightly nicked, but also very good.

£20

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WILBUR, Richard (Richard Purdy), 1921- : A BARRED OWL.

WILBUR, Richard (Richard Purdy), 1921- : A BARRED OWL.

[New York] : Sea Cliff Press, 1992. First edition : “printed for a Wilbur evening at the Grolier Club, 27 April, 1992, and for the subscribers and friends of Sea Cliff Press”. A poem.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). Single white sheet, printed in black, and folding to form two leaves; very good indeed.

£20

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WINTERS, Yvor, 1900-1968 : THE PROOF.

WINTERS, Yvor, 1900-1968 : THE PROOF.

New York : Coward-McCann, 1930. First edition. A collection of forty poems. In the Songs of Today series.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 64pp. Original drab boards, ruled and lettered in brown; just a hint of tanning, but a very good copy in the original matching dust-jacket – just a little rubbed, nicked and tanned.

£40

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WOOLMER, J. Howard (James Howard) : THE LEONARD L. MILBERG COLLECTION OF AMERICAN POETRY. COMPILED BY J. HOWARD WOOLMER.

Princeton : Princeton University Library, 1994. First edition. Loosely inserted is the compliments card of the compiler, J. Howard Woolmer. A catalogue of an impressive collection of the works of seventy contemporary American poets, with an introductory biographical essay on each poet by Molly Weigel.
Medium 8vo. [2],(x),(424)pp. Portraits. Original wrappers; very good.

£25

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WOOLSEY, Gamel (Elizabeth Gammell), 1899-1968 : THE LAST LEAF FALLS.

WOOLSEY, Gamel (Elizabeth Gammell), 1899-1968 : THE LAST LEAF FALLS.

North Walsham : Warren House Press, 1978. First edition : one of just fifty copies in cloth. A collection of fifty-two previously unpublished poems.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 64pp. Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt; edges a little spotted; very faint tape-marks to endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the original grey dust-jacket, printed in black – also very good.

£20

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WOOLSEY, Gamel (Elizabeth Gammell), 1899-1968 : TWENTY EIGHT SONNETS.

WOOLSEY, Gamel (Elizabeth Gammell), 1899-1968 : TWENTY EIGHT SONNETS.

North Walsham : Warren House Press, 1977. First edition : [one of just fifty copies in cloth]. Twenty-eight previously unpublished poems.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [ii],(34),[ii]pp. Original purple cloth, lettered in gilt; some spotting, but otherwise a very good and bright copy in the original grey dust-jacket, printed in black – a few spots, but also very good.

£25

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YONKIN, D.R. : VOICES FROM THE OTHER ROOM : A SELECTION OF POEMS.

YONKIN, D.R. : VOICES FROM THE OTHER ROOM : A SELECTION OF POEMS.

Newport : Envoi Poets, [1986]. First edition. A collection of twenty-four poems.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). 28pp. Original tan stapled wrappers, printed in black; very good indeed.

£20

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