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MOLE, John, 1941- : SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 17.

MOLE, John, 1941- : SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE. SYCAMORE BROADSHEET 17.

Oxford : Sycamore Press, (1972). First edition. Three poems – “Pumpkins”, “Four Cities”, and “Beer Cans”. Loosely inserted is a contemporary autograph postcard to the late Barry Bloomfield (Auden’s bibliographer), signed with forename by the publisher, John Fuller, with an enigmatic note – “can you keep mum?” – about an Auden notebook.
Post 8vo (21cm). Single white sheet, printed in green and black, folding to form three leaves; a very good copy in the original mailing envelope.

£20

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MOLE, John, 1941- : PANTOMIME CAT.

MOLE, John, 1941- : PANTOMIME CAT.

Hitchin : Mandeville Press, (1975). First edition : one of twenty-five special numbered copies, signed by both John Mole and the illustrator, Carola Scupham. A poem with a hand-coloured illustration. Loosely inserted is an undated Mole poem-card, “November’s Child”, also signed by Mole.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [8]pp. Original red wrappers, lettered and ornamented in black; just slightly bruised, but otherwise very good indeed.

£25

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MOLE, John, 1941- : OUR SHIP.

MOLE, John, 1941- : OUR SHIP.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1977). First edition. Inscribed and signed by John Mole on the title-page. A collection of forty-three poems and poem sequences, including “The Toy Piano”, “The Boy Guru”, “Disco”, etc. A review copy, with some marginal lining and annotation, notes on the rear free endpaper, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the original dust-jacket – a design in black, blue and white – the jacket just very faintly rubbed.

£20

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MOLE, John, 1941- : THE TALES OF ROVER.

MOLE, John, 1941- : THE TALES OF ROVER.

Hitchin : Mandeville Press, 1977. First edition : one of thirty special copies (of 250) numbered and signed by John Mole. Loosely inserted is a short signed 1977 autograph note from the publisher, Peter Scupham. A sequence of fourteen poems “cataloguing the thoughts and affairs of the marvellous dog of the title”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [16]pp. Original burnt orange wrappers, lettered and decorated on upper wrapper in blue; very good indeed in the original Mandeville Press mailing envelope – the envelope slightly soiled.

£30

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MOLE, John, 1941- : ON THE SET.

MOLE, John, 1941- : ON THE SET.

Richmond : Keepsake Press, 1978. First edition : one of 168 regular copies (of a total limitation of 180 copies). A poem, with an illustration by George Szirtes.
Crown 4to (24cm). [4]pp. Original pale green wrappers, printed in black; a very good copy in the original Keepsake envelope.

£20

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MOLE, John, 1941- : FROM THE HOUSE OPPOSITE.

MOLE, John, 1941- : FROM THE HOUSE OPPOSITE.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1979). First edition. Inscribed and signed by John Mole on the title-page. A collection of forty-two poems, including “The Mortal Room”, “Drying the Sails”, “The Ghost Horse”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 66 [i.e. 64]pp. Original violet cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in the original dust-jacket – a design in black, violet and white – the jacket lightly worn, slightly nicked, and with a few spots on inner flaps.

£15

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MOLE, John, 1941- & SCUPHAM, Peter, 1933- : CHRISTMAS PAST.

MOLE, John, 1941- & SCUPHAM, Peter, 1933- : CHRISTMAS PAST.

Hitchin : Mandeville Press, 1981. First edition : one of sixty numbered copies (of 350) signed by John Mole, Peter Scupham and the illustrator, Mary Norman. Three Christmas poems from Mole, and a longer poem in three parts from Scupham. Loosely inserted is a folded pull-sheet trial for the publication, with part of the Scupham poem and two illustrations, signed by Peter Scupham.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [20]pp. Illustrations. Original pale grey wrappers, lettered in blue and decorated in grey; just faintly bruised and slightly tanned, but a very good copy.

£20

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MOLE, John, 1941- & SCUPHAM, Peter, 1933- : CHRISTMAS GAMES.

MOLE, John, 1941- & SCUPHAM, Peter, 1933- : CHRISTMAS GAMES.

Hitchin : Mandeville Press, 1983. First edition : limited to 350 copies. Six Christmas poems – three from each poet, with illustrations by Mary Norman. Loosely inserted is a signed and dated 1983 autograph note from Peter Scupham – “Mandeville still survives!”.
Long crown 4to (18 x 19cm). [20]pp. Illustrations. Original red wrappers, lettered and decorated in grey-blue; slightly bruised, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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MOLE, John, 1941- : IN AND OUT OF THE APPLE.

MOLE, John, 1941- : IN AND OUT OF THE APPLE.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1984). First edition. Inscribed and signed by John Mole on the title-page. A collection of thirty-six new poems, including “Government Health Warning”, “Incident at Snape”, “Wasp Talk”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],60,[ii]pp. Original jade green cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the George Szirtes dust-jacket – a design in white, black and green – just slightly spotted on inner flaps.

£15

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MOLE, John, 1941- : LEARNING THE ROPES.

MOLE, John, 1941- : LEARNING THE ROPES.

Sidcot : Gruffyground Press, 1985. First edition : limited to 205 numbered copies on hand-made paper, signed by both John Mole and the illustrator, Colin Paynton. Loosely inserted is a single-page 1986 typed letter from the publisher, Anthony Baker, signed with forename, discussing the book’s production. A collection of eight poems, including “The Song of the Pie”, “Star Song”, etc.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [16]pp. Wood engraving by Paynton. Original deep orange wrappers, lettered in dark red; slightly bruised; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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