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The Sleeping Fury (First Printing)

By Bogan, Louise

New York: Scribners. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1937. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Bogan's third collection of poetry. End sheets and gutters darkened; price-clipped dust jacket is darkened, with shallow chipping to the top edge and a small retangular chip in the spine. Louise Bogan was the fourth poet laureate to the Library of Congress. .


Poems (Signed Limited Edition)

By Pinter, Harold

London: Enitharmon Press. Fine with no dust jacket. 1971. Limited Edition; 2nd Edition. Hardcover. SIGNED on a limitation page, #99 of 100 such copies. Second edition; first edition thus with nine additional poems added to the 1968 first edition. .


Wunnissoo, or the Vale of Hoosatunnuk: A Poem with Notes (Signed First Printing)

By Allen, William, D.D.

Boston: John P. Jewett. Very Good. 1856. First Edition; 1st Printing Thus. Hardcover. SIGNED and inscribed on the front endpaper: "To Mrs. Mary F. Dean from her relative and friend, Wm. Allen, Northampton, Nov. 24, 1862." Scarce work of 237 pages including two prefaces by the author, and 70 pages of notes on the text. Solidly bound in pebbled brown cloth with embossed decorations and gilt on the spine. There is loss of 1/4-inch at the head of the spine. William Allen was a biographer and historian. In 1809, he completed his "American Biographical and Historical Dictionary," the first work of general biography published in the U.S. Among other positions, he was assistant librarian at his alma mater, Harvard Univeristy, president of Dartmouth and president of Bowdoin College. .


Public Speech

By MacLeish, Archibald

New York: Farrar & Rinehart. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1936. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A fine copy in a dust jacket that is age-toned and lightly chipped. .


A Lover's Diary

By Cary, Alice

New York: Ticknor & Fields. Near Fine. 1868. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A beautiful volume, bound in full, dark brown tooled leather five raised bands, gilt titles, marbled endpapers, and full gilt text block with gilt decorations to the edges of the pastedowns. Very nearly fine condition with minor wear to the corners. Author was an influential 19th Century female writer from the Ohio frontier. .


Look to the Sun (Inscribed by the author to Carl Carmer)

By McDaniel, Weston

New York: Beechhurst Press. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1947. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SIGNED and warmly inscribed to Carl Carmer, noted writer and New York historian. .


M'Fingal, A Modern Epic Poem

By Trumbull, John, LL.D.

Hartford: S. Andrus & Son. Very Good. 1856. Revised Edition; First Edition. Hardcover.


Fruits & Vegetables (Signed, Limited Edition plus signed ephemera)
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Fruits & Vegetables (Signed, Limited Edition plus signed ephemera)

By Jong, Erica

New York: Ecco Press. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1997. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Hardcover. 0880015691 . SIGNED, LIMITED edition, #59 of 300 copies with a bookplate offering holiday greetings from the author and her family, signed by Jong on the title page. In addition, there is laid in a card from Jong, warmly inscribed to editor Larry Ashmead: "Dear Larry - Thanks so much for the books & the photo from Frankfurt (Book Fair). I wish I'd seen you there! Warm wishes, Erica, 4 Dec. '97." Also laid in is the card's envelope with Ashmead's name and address on the front and Jong's signature and address on the back. A wonderful association and THREE Jong signatures. .


Life is the Flesh (Inscribed to Carl Carmer)

By Nicholl, Louise Townsend

New York: Dutton. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1947. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SIGNED, dated in the year of publication and warmly inscribed to noted New York State author Carl Carmer. Minor sunning of the dust jacket spine. .


The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957-1987

By Paz, Octavio (Weinberger, Eliot, Editor)

New York: New Directions. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1987. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0811210375 . A excellent copy of this surprisingly scarce collection. .


Other Skies (Signed and inscribed to Jetta Carleton & Jene Lyon)

By Ciardi, John

Boston: Atlantic Little, Brown. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1947. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SIGNED by Ciardi and warmly inscribed "for Jetta and Gene (sic) with fondest and best wishes." "Jetta" is Jetta Carleton, author of "The Moonflower Vine," a huge bestseller in 1962, and the author's only novel, which enjoyed a revival in 2005, when author Jane Smiley included the book on her reading list of 100 novels. "Gene" was Jene Lyon, Ms. Carleton's husband of 50 years. Dust jacket is moderately age toned. An uncommon signature and a most interesting literary association. .


Black Man's Verse (Signed First Edition)

By Davis, Frank Marshall

Chicago: Black Cat Press. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1935. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SIGNED on the title page and dated December 3, 1940. Also, generically inscribed opposite the title page: "As a writer and a member of a minority group, it is my wish that this thin tome will do its share toward helping other minority writers flee from persecution to these comparatively safe American shores." Although Davis lived and worked as a journalist in Chicago, with the publication of this, his first book of poetry, he became one of the most influential voices of the so-called Harlem Renassaince, though less well known than his contemporaries Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Thurston, and Richard Wright. Davis continued to work and write in Chicago until 1948, when he moved with his wife to Honolulu where he lived for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a renassaince of his own in 1973, when his work was re-discovered by a group known as the Black Arts Poets. From then until his death in 1987, he enjoyed considerable celebrity. Recently much has been made of his connection to President Barack Obama who as a teenager knew Davis. Known for his leftist sentiments and investigated in the 1940s and 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Davis has recently become a cause celebre for right-wing conspiracy theorists who often refer to him as "Obama's Communist mentor." An important and very scarce first book and an equally scarce signature. .


Untouched by Atom's Scars

By Douglas, Russell H.

Guthrie, OK: Co-Operative Publishing Company. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1958. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Scarce collection of post-WWII poetry. The building which housed this book's publisher is now the site of a museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places. .


Others (Signed First Edition)

By Shields, Carol

Ottawa: Borealis Press. Fine with no dust jacket. 1972. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. 0919594085 . SIGNED with the generic inscription "with sincere thanks." Author's first book, a paperback original, 60-page volume of poetry. Scarce, particularly in this condition with the author's signature. .


Poems (Two Volumes)

By Cowper, William (of the Inner Temple, Esq.)

London: J. Johnson. Very Good+. 1788. Fourth Edition. Hardcover. Cowper's poetry in two volumes, in original leather with modern cloth backstrip, labels, corners, and decorative endpapers. Binding sound, internally complete and clean. Owner's name and date (June 12th, 1789) written in beautiful script on title pages of both volumes. .


The Habitant: And Other French-Canadian Poems

By Drummond, William Henry, M.D. (Introduction by Louis Frechette)

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1924. Not First Edition; Later Printing. Hardcover. Text in English, Frechette's introduction in French. Book is attractive in blue cloth with bright gilt titles and decorations. Dust jacket is somewhat yellowed and soiled with minor chipping at the extremities and a 1/2 by 1-inch chip at the lower corner of the front panel. List of titles on dust jacket flap indicates that this copy was published in 1924, despite date of 1897 on copyright page and no additional printing listed. Uncommon in dust jacket. .


The Poetical Works of Robert Burns: With Notes, Glossary, Index of First Lines, and Chronological List

By Burns, Robert (Edited by J. Logie Robertson, M.A.

London: Oxford University Press. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1926. First Edition Thus; First Printing. Hardcover. Beautifully rebound in modern brown half-leather calfskin with marbled boards and endpapers, five raised bands, gilt decorations, paper titles and ribbon marker, original text block with gilt top edge. Only real flaw is a small, neat ink date ("May 6, 1932") on the second endpaper. Lovely copy. .


The Midsummer Cushion
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The Midsummer Cushion

By Clare, John (Anne Tibble, Introduction)

Ashington, Northumberland: The Northumberland Arts Group. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1979. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0856352500 . A collection of naturalist poetry featuring detailed descriptions of the 19th century English countryside, completed in 1832, but unpublished for nearly 150 years. .