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The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

By HUXLEY, Aldous

Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, [1918]. First Edition. Paperback. Huxley's third book, following two fragile pamphlets. BROMER A3. One of 750 copies. Octavo (19.5cm); floral-patterned stiff paper wrappers, with title labels mounted to spine and front cover; [4],5-48,[4]pp. Modest wear to joints and extremities, sunning to spine and extremities, with a thin crack to gutter at half-title page, and a hint of foxing to text edges; just Very Good.

$50.00

Color [Inscribed]

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] CULLEN, Countee

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1925 [but 1931]. Hardcover. "The poet's first book of collected poems, characterized by their youthful and romantic spirit as well as indicating a concern for black heritage and race in such poems as "Heritage" and "The Shroud of Color" (PERRY 221). One of the most significant collections of poetry to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Reprint, with "D-F" code on copyright page (April, 1931). Octavo (19.75cm); hunter green cloth, with printed title labels mounted to spine and front cover; xviii,108,[2]pp; illus. With presentation inscription by the author on the front endpaper: "For India Newton / Cordially / Countee Cullen." Pictorial bookplate of the recipient on front pastedown, light wear to extremities, with sunning to spine label, with two small rubbed spots to cloth at lower spine; contents clean; Very Good+, lacking the dustjacket.

$200.00

Color [Signed]

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] CULLEN, Countee

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1925 [but 1928]. Hardcover. "The poet's first book of collected poems, characterized by their youthful and romantic spirit as well as indicating a concern for black heritage and race in such poems as "Heritage" and "The Shroud of Color" (PERRY 221). One of the most significant collections of poetry to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Early printing, with "I-C" code on copyright page (September, 1928). Octavo (19.5cm); patterned paper-covered boards and black cloth backstrip, with printed title labels mounted to spine and front cover; xviii,108,[2]pp; illus. Clipped signature of the author ("Yours sincerely, Countee Cullen") mounted to half-title page. Contemporary owners name (in ink) to upper front endpaper, with her decorative bookplate to front pastedown; faint lean, sunning to spine label, with some mild board exposure to corners, and faint vertical crease to cover label; Very Good and sound.

$150.00

The Yage Letters

By BURROUGHS, William and Allen Ginsberg

San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1958. Paperback. Fourth printing. 12mo; pictorial card wrappers; 68pp; illus. Trace of rubbing along front joint, else a clean, Very Good to Near Fine copy with minimal signs of use.

$30.00

Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1915 and Year Book of American Poetry
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Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1915 and Year Book of American Poetry

By BRAITHWAITE, William Stanley, ed

New York: Gomme & Marshall, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (22cm.); publisher's cloth-backed boards, printed paper labels to upper cover and spine, top edge gilt; xxvii,296pp. Boards a bit rubbed, corners softened, spine label lettering starting to fade, soil to front free endpapers, contemporary bookseller ticket to rear pastedown, else a Very Good, tight copy. Includes poems by Wallace Stevens, H.D., Robert Frost, Witter Bynner, Edith Wharton, and many others.

$50.00

Ballad of the American Dreyfus Case
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Ballad of the American Dreyfus Case

By [SOCIALISTS] [MOONEY, Tom] ANONYMOUS

n.d. but 1934. Lengthy unpublished ballad of 86 4- and 5-line stanzas recounting the plight of iron molder and IWW leader Tom Mooney from his birth to the present date (1934, based on the penultimate stanza on p. 6 describing Judge Griffin: "all these eighteen years [since the 1916 trial], / Has fought on Mooney's side"). Though no author is provided, the poet has a detailed knowledge of Mooney's biography and trial, beginning before his birth with his father, "A tall trade-union Irishman, / Choking his lungs out mining coal"; progressing to Mooney's early childhood helping his widowed mother make ends meet as a paperboy; and the first trial against him after dynamite was found (or planted) on a boat in the San Pablo Bay, a crime for which he was exonerated. The poem additionally recounts the first meetings between Mooney and Warren K. Billings, as well as the tireless travel and work his mother and sister shouldered to bring justice after it was revealed that the star witness, Frank Oxman, had perjured himself. The poem ends with the heartbreaking death of Mother Mooney, who was laid in state at the gates of San Quentin, and the mournful plea: "Warren Billings is forty years old. / Tom Mooney's hair grows white. / How soon will California turn / Her long, long wrong to right?" Another five years would pass before liberal Governor Culbert Olson would pardon him, in 1939. Original clean copy typescript poem; 9ll. on onionskin; previous mail folds, ex-Mooney Papers, Bancroft Library, with their small rubberstamps to each leaf, else Very Good and sound.

$250.00

Transformations [Broken Run of Four Early Issues]
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Transformations [Broken Run of Four Early Issues]

By [SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANARCHY] MILEY, James D.

[Manhattan, KS: Dept. of Sociology / Kansas State University, 1983-1987]. First Edition. Paperback. Four volumes; octavos (21.5cm.); uniformly bound in pictorial staplebound card wrappers. Light wear from handling, earliest issue unevenly toned, last three issues with mail markings on rear wrappers, else a Very Good or better set. Publication sequence as follows: Vol. 1, nos. 1-3; Vol. 2, nos. 2/3. Uncommon radical, philosophical, and poetry zine published sporadically from 1983 to 1988, much of the contents written by a small handful of contributors, including Miley, Leon Rappoport, and Luigi DiPorta.

$100.00

I Am Joaquin
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I Am Joaquin

By [AMERICA LATINA] GONZALES, Rodolfo (poem); VASQUEZ, Yermo (illustrations)

N.p.: S.i., 1967. Paperback. Early edition of this epic poem by the Denver poet, activist, and former professional boxer. Originally self-published in mimeographed format in 1967, Gonazles's epic poem was a major inspiration to the Chicano movement, providing them with both a sense of nationalism and identity. The text is complimented by illustrations by Yermo Vasquez, depicting images of Emiliano Zapata, Joaquin Murieta, and Chicano imagery. TALBOT & CRUZ 3459 (A Comprehensive Chicago Bibliography, 1960-1972). Slim octavo (23.75cm); silver and black illustrated wrappers, stapled; 20pp; illus.; with parallel text in English and Spanish. Light wear to extremities, some rubbing along spine-fold; Very Good+.

$125.00

[Cover Title] The Common Woman
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[Cover Title] The Common Woman

By GRAHN, Judy

[Berkeley: Free Women's Press, 1970]. First Edition. Paperback. Quarto (28cm); pink mimeographed side-stapled wrappers; [8]ll. Very light sunning to extremities, else Fine condition. Poetry collection by the lesbian author, the sales of which were used to raise money to publish an all-women's anthology. GRIER, p. 54 (A***).

$35.00

After Lorca
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After Lorca

By SPICER, Jack

[Toronto: Coach House Press, 1974]. Paperback. Slim 12mo (19cm.); publisher's tan pictorial card wrappers; [64]pp.; illus., text printed in blue ink. Light shelf wear, else Near Fine. From colophon: "This book has been typed on an IBM Selectric blah, blah, blah, by Robin Cones and printed by Marco Polio for the Government..." Posthumously published edition of a poetry collection by a member of the San Francisco Renaissance. Imprint provided by OCLC no. 944427.

$50.00

My Father's Gloves: Poems
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My Father's Gloves: Poems

By SPIERING, David

Minneapolis: Sol Books, [2010]. First Edition. Paperback. Slim octavo (20cm.); publisher's grey and brown pictorial glossy card wrappers; 54pp. Fine condition. Forms part of the Sol Books Upper Midwest Writers Series.

$35.00

[Text in Yiddish] Mi-ma'amakim: Lider un Sonetn / Des Profondeurs de l'Abime: Poêmes et Sonnets
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[Text in Yiddish] Mi-ma'amakim: Lider un Sonetn / Des Profondeurs de l'Abime: Poêmes et Sonnets

By AICHENRAND, L. [alt. spelling Ajchenrand]

[Paris: "Di Goldene Pave", 1953]. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (25cm.); publisher's cream printed card wrappers; 165pp. Light shelf wear, tiny chip at top edge of upper cover, errata slip laid in with subsequent offsetting, else Very Good and sound. Text entirely in Yiddish. Poetry collection by the Polish-born Israeli author.

$30.00

Poems / Prints

By [LIVRE D'ARTISTE] HONICKMAN, Lynne (text); Anaïs Nin (introd); Edna Andrade, Jean Francksen, Louis I. Kahn (et al, illus)

Philadelphia: Oser Press / Arthur Williams, 1973. First, Limited Edition. Hardcover. A highly attractive artist's book, notable especially for the quality of the artworks chosen to illustrate the text. Contributing artists include Edna Andrade (original silkscreen on reflective mylar); Jean Reist Stark (hand-colored etching); Elaine Kurtz (silkscreen on lithograph); Robert Keyser (original stencil drawing); Louis I. Kahn (lithograph); Jean Francksen (color wood and lino engraving); Howard Weinstone (lithograph); and Robert Kulicke (hand-colored etching). Rare; no example noted in commerce since the early 1990s; two only in OCLC (Wellesley, OSU). Limited to 120 copies. Quarto (34cm). Printed paper portfolio enclosing title page and eleven bifolium fascicules containing text and eight original signed prints. Signed by Nin at close of introduction; by Honickman at her first contribution; by designer/publisher Arthur Williams at colophon. Fine and complete in the original publisher's cardboard-and-plexiglas box, which is worn, with plexiglas lid cracked along upper third.

$1500.00

Poems
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Poems

By [HAITI] FREEMAN, George Fouche

[Port-au-Prince: School of Typography J.B. Damier, 1928]. First Edition. Paperback. Quite uncommon collection of poems by a member of the U.S. occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). This appears to have been Freeman's only foray into poetry, his other works listed in the NUC all relating to agriculture and crop farming. We find one copy of this title in OCLC as of November, 2018, in the Barbados; not in the NUC. Slim octavo (18cm.); publisher's grey printed card wrappers; 50pp.; typographically decorative borders printed in brown throughout. Minor wear and toning to wrappers, else Very Good and sound.

$125.00

The Brown Thrush: Anthology of Verse by Negro Students

By O'BRIEN, Helen M., Lillian W. Voorhees, and Hugh M. Gloster, eds

Memphis, TN: Malcolm-Roberts Publishing Co, [1935]. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited to an unspecified number of copies of which this is no. 1089. Slim octavo (22.25cm.); publisher's brown cloth, printed paper label mounted to upper cover; 65pp. Boards rather rubbed and corners bumped, rear cover a bit soiled, front hinge cracked, else contents fine. About Very Good overall. Hand set by O'Brien and Robbie I. Gordon at the Malcolm Press. Second (and last) appearance of this anthology, the first issue of "Brown Thrush" notable for also being the "first intercollegiate anthology of Negro student verse." Universities represented include Atlanta, Fisk, Hampton, LeMoyne, Straight, Talladega, Tillotson, and Tougalou.

$150.00

The Poetical Works of William Butler Yeats. In Two Volumes. Volume I: Lyrical Poems. Volume II: Dramatical Poems

By YEATS, William Butler

New York: Macmillan, 1906-7. First American Edition. Hardcover. First printings. Uniform blue cloth octavos with gilt decoration to spines; xiv,[1]-338,(2)pp + x,[1]-524,(6)pp. Offsetting to front pastedowns from removed bookplates; undated ink ownership signatures of a Patience Highley (to front pastedown) and an Elizabeth Jean Ross (to title page). Mild rubbing to cloth at board edges and spine ends; spine gilt of second volume slightly dulled; contents clean, tight and unmarked. A solid, Very Good or better set of the first American printings.

$400.00

Review 75, No. 15, Fall, 1975
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Review 75, No. 15, Fall, 1975

By CHRIST, Ronald

New York: Center for Inter-American Relations, 1975. First Edition. Paperback. Slim octavo (25cm); publisher's white pictorial card wrappers; 88pp.; illus. throughout. Wrapper extremities rather toned and slightly soiled, else About Very Good. Lead collection of articles on Miguel Ángel Asturias's 1949 novel "Men of Maize"; with additional contributions by artist Francisco Zúñiga, Selden Rodman, and many others.

$25.00

Review 75, No. 14, Spring, 1975
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Review 75, No. 14, Spring, 1975

By CHRIST, Ronald

New York: Center for Inter-American Relations, 1975. First Edition. Paperback. Slim octavo (25cm); publisher's white pictorial card wrappers; 83pp.; illus. throughout. Wrapper extremities rather toned and slightly soiled, else About Very Good. Includes interviews with Gregory Rabassa and José Luis Cuevas.

$25.00

Oficios del Caos
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Oficios del Caos

By CHOW, Juan

[Managua]: Union de Escritores de Nicaragua, Asociación Sandinista de Trabajadores de la Cultura (ASTC), [1986]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (19.5cm.); publisher's green pictorial card wrappers; 163pp.; illus. throughout. Corners bumped, else Near Fine. Poetry collection by the Nicaraguan author.

$25.00

Songs From the Native Lands: Poetry
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Songs From the Native Lands: Poetry

By MANYARROWS, Victoria Lena

San Francisco: Nopal Press, 1995. First Edition. Paperback. First full-length book of poetry by the Native American author, giving voice "to her experience as an indigenous woman in the native lands north and south of the Rio Grande. From North Dakota to Nicaragua, Canada to California, these poems unravel oppression, rejoice in love, confront injustice, and sing praise to the strength and beauty of Native peoples, women, the young and old" (from rear wrapper). Octavo; photo-illustrated wrappers; [xii],81,[3]pp. Tiny sticker remnant to lower rear wrapper, else Fine.

$25.00

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