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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 : MOUNTAINS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition. A poem in the New Series of the Ariel Poems.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Title-page, colour lithograph, and tailpiece by Edward Bawden. Original self-wrappers, printed black on pale yellow; a fine copy in the original pink envelope – itself near fine. Bloomfield & Mendelson A34.

£25

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BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE LETTERS OF RUPERT BROOKE : CHOSEN AND EDITED BY GEOFFREY KEYNES.

BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE LETTERS OF RUPERT BROOKE : CHOSEN AND EDITED BY GEOFFREY KEYNES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1968). First edition. An extensive selection of letters from Rugby, Italy, Cambridge, Grantchester, Lulworth, Germany, Canada, the South Seas, army camps and the Aegean – charting the whole of Brooke’s short life.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xvi),(710),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original light blue cloth, blocked in brown and ruled and lettered in gilt; top edge yellow; a very good copy in the original light blue, white and black dust-jacket – also very good.

£40

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 – editor : LOVE.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 – editor : LOVE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1943). First edition. A sparkling anthology of over 700 passages of poetry and prose as De La Mare explores the differing themes of love – First Love, Grace and Beauty, Eros, The Fever and the Fret, Love Thwarted and Unrequited, Love Betrayed, Love Lamented, Constancy, Love in Grief and much else besides.
Demy 8vo (23cm). cxliv,592pp. Coloured frontispiece, title vignette and black-and-white illustrations by Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). Original grey cloth, decorated in red and gilt in a design by Freedman; lightly sunned, but a very good copy in the Freedman dust-jacket – slightly sunned, price-clipped, lightly worn and with a couple of short tears, but also very good.

£50

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DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

DUNN, Douglas (Douglas Eaglesham), 1942- : THE HAPPIER LIFE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). First edition. . An early collection of thirty-nine poems, including “Modern Love”, “A Faber Melancholy”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 72pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£40

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : CITIES PLAINS AND PEOPLE : POEMS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1946). First edition. An early collection of twenty-eight poems, many foreshadowing the Alexandria Quartet. Includes “Eight Aspects of Melissa”, “Levant”, “Alexandria”, “Delos”, “Conon in Alexandria”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Original yellow cloth, lettered in gilt; fore-edge a little marked with a curious pink stain in two places, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the original pale blue dust-jacket, lettered in black and red – lightly worn at tips; a little marked and sunned, with a small chip to rear panel, but complete and by no means unattractive.

£50

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

London : Faber & Faber, (1980). First edition : [one of just 500 copies in hardback]. An extensive selection of Heaney’s earlier work, including many of his finest poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). 136pp. Original blue boards, lettered down spine in gilt; a very good copy indeed in a price-clipped dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£200

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

London : Faber & Faber, (1984). First edition. One of the most celebrated collections of poems of modern times – over forty poems from Heaney at the height of his powers. “Many of these poems have a tough rind as though the author knew for his purposes deferred comprehension was better than instant. Obliquity suits him. Heaney’s talent, a prodigious one, is exfoliating and augmenting here” (Richard Ellman).
Post 8vo (21cm). (124),[iv] – including integral endpapers. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a few tiny spots to top edge, but otherwise a very good copy indeed – bright, clean and sound, in an equally unflawed dust-jacket.

£200

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.

London : Faber & Faber, (1998). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title-page. A very extensive selection of Heaney’s work, “as close to being a ‘Collected Poems’ as the author cares to make it”, also including a few poems not previously published in earlier collections, some translations, and ‘Crediting Poetry’, his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xiv),478,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in orange; tiny hint of a bruise at foot, but otherwise a very good copy indeed, in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£400

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.

London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First edition. A collection of over fifty of the later poems – “With more relish and conviction than ever, Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],76,[x]pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; some slight edgewear and a hint of bruising, but otherwise very good, bright, clean and sound in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£25

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE HAWK IN THE RAIN.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE HAWK IN THE RAIN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. His uncommon first book – a collection of forty poems, dedicated to Sylvia Plath, whom he had married the previous year. An attractive association copy – the review copy sent to fellow poet Roy Fuller (1912-1991), with the publishers’ review slip, Fuller’s pencilled notes on the reverse of the slip, and his inked ownership inscription. Fuller’s review appeared in the “London Magazine” in January 1958.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],(60),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in yellow; a very good copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – also very good, with some minimal restoration to tips. Sagar A1.

£500

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt rather than silver. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 184pp. Original quarter red cloth, with grey cloth sides, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a hint of tanning to endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – design in red and grey on white – just lightly used and slightly tanned. With the 1969 ownership inscription of Brian Morse. Sagar & Tabor A12a.i.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1977). First edition : with the misprint “soelmn” for “solemn” on p.75. “An Anglican clergyman is abducted by spirits into the other world ...”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 200pp. Original black cloth, lettered in orange and gilt; an excellent copy in the Leonard Baskin dust-jacket – price-clipped but otherwise fine. Sagar A51a.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1979). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies in hardback] – complete with the separately printed errata slip. A major collection of 125 poems, including “Dehorning”, “Coming Down Through Somerset” and “Teaching a Dumb Calf”, as well as the sequences “Prometheus on His Crag”, “Earth-Numb”, “Orts”, “Adam and the Sacred Nine”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (172),[iv]pp. Illustrations by Leonard Baskin (with an additional one by Hughes himself). Original red cloth, lettered in green and gilt; some very mild tanning to text (as always), but otherwise an excellent and bright copy in the original Baskin dust-jacket – also very good indeed. Sagar & Tabor A67.

£100

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MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : EARLY AUDEN.

MENDELSON, Edward, 1946- : EARLY AUDEN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1983). First British edition. A dedication copy, with the publishers’ compliments slip loosely inserted, and from the collection of Barry and Valerie Bloomfield, the dedicatees. Professor Mendelson had collaborated with Barry Bloomfield on the Auden bibliography. A history and interpretation of the work to 1939.
Foolscap 4to (25cm). (xxiv),(408)pp. Original boards; very good in the dust-jacket – also very good – and with some related press-cuttings loosely inserted.

£40

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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 – the jacket just a little tanned, with a couple of spots on lower panel, but also very good.

£75

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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.

£125

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ROBERTS, Michael (William Ernest), 1902-1948 – editor : THE FABER BOOK OF MODERN VERSE.

ROBERTS, Michael (William Ernest), 1902-1948 – editor : THE FABER BOOK OF MODERN VERSE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1951). Second edition : an expanded version of the most influential anthology of the period. Originally published in 1936, it “formed the taste of a generation”. The present edition incorporates a supplement of more recent work, chosen and introduced by Anne Ridler, principally of the poets who emerged during the second World War.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xx,432pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge red; a few marks, spots and slight scuffs, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a typographic design in black on pale blue – a little worn, somewhat chipped, nicked and slightly tanned.

£20

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SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : SIRMIONE PENINSULA.

SPENDER, Stephen (Sir Stephen Harold), 1909-1995 : SIRMIONE PENINSULA.

London : Faber & Faber, (1954). First edition. A poem in the New Series of the Ariel Poems.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [4]pp. Title-page, colour lithograph, and tailpiece by Lynton Lamb (1907-1977). Original wrappers, printed black on pale pink; a fine copy in the original printed envelope – the envelope slightly creased, nicked and a touch dusty.

£20

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WALCOTT, Derek (Sir Derek Alton), 1930-2017 : THE FORTUNATE TRAVELLER.

WALCOTT, Derek (Sir Derek Alton), 1930-2017 : THE FORTUNATE TRAVELLER.

London : Faber & Faber, (1982). First British edition. A collection of twenty-nine poems from the Nobel Prize winning poet. Includes “Map of the New World”, “The Man Who Loved Islands”, “Jean Rhys”, “Wales”, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). x,(100),[ii]pp. Original cream and black patterned wrappers; a very good copy.

£20

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