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Prometheus Unbound. A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts with Other Poems

By Shelley, Percy Bisshe

London: C and J Ollier, 1820. Hardcover. First edition, second issue, with "miscellaneous" corrected on the 'Contents' leaf; includes the rare advertising leaf at end; 8 3/4 x 5 1/2; pp. [11], viii-xv, [4], 20-222, [6]; bound by Root & Son in full, dark blue morocco, spine panelled in gilt in compartments, gilt dentelles to boards verso, elaborate gilt ruling to leather, top edge gilt; three half-title pages, as issued; light, professional repairs to upper corner of front board and head of spine; two bookplates to ffep - Rev. Dr. Roderick Terry and Wyoming Senator Henry H. Schwartz; very good or better condition.Inspired by Aeschylus' "Prometheia," Percy Shelley began writing his four-act, lyrical drama "Prometheus Unbound" in 1818, while living in Italy, but did not complete it until 1820, after stopping work on it twice due to the deaths of his daughter Clara Everina Shelley and his son William Shelley. Also included in the publication were several miscellaneous poems - 'The Sensitive Plant,' 'A Vision of the Sea,' 'Ode to Heaven,' 'An Exhortation,' 'Ode to the West Wind,' 'An Ode,' 'The Cloud,' 'To a Skylark,' and 'Ode to Liberty.' The two previous owners of the book were both prominent figures in the United States in the late 19th and the early 20th century. Rev. Dr. Roderick Terry, Sr. (1849-1933) was a Presbyterian minister and a Chaplain for the 12th Infantry of the New York State National Guard from 1890-1900. He was also a philanthropist and a book collector, amassing an incredible collection of incunabula, poetry, and historical documents. Henry Herman "Harry" Schwartz (1869 - 1955) was an American politician, Chief of the Field Division of the United States General Land Office in Washington State, and a US Senator from Wyoming.


La Rabida. A California Columbian Souvenir Poem

By Lambert, Mary (Eliza Tucker)

San Francisco: The Bancroft Company, 1893. Hardcover. First edition; oblong 6 x 9 1/2; pp. [68]; turquoise cloth over boards; gilt title and illustration to front board; small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; a bit of age-toning and fading to margins of boards; illustrated with numerous plates; very good condition. The poem, dedicated to Christopher Columbus and written specifically for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, it was published by the distinguished Bancroft Company of San Francisco and created by poet and journalist Mary Eliza Perine Tucker Lambert (1838 - 1896). Born in the family of a wealthy plantation owner in Alabama, Mary was raised in Georgia and educated in New York, before returning to Georgia to get married. After the Civil War, when her father and husband lost their slaves and property, she went back to New York, leaving her children and husband behind, to work as a writer and journalist in order to feed her family. Her first two works of prose - "Confessions of a Flirt, an Owner True Tale" and "Lowe's Bridge, A Broadway Idyl" were published in 1865 and 1867. Her first poetry collection, "Poems," also appeared in 1867. Mary contributed to various New York periodicals as well. Eventually remarrying to Colonel James W. Lambert, the managing editor of the Phildelphia Inquirer, she moved to Philadelphia, where she lived and worked until her death.


Geschwister: A Celebration, 22 June 1985

By Middlebrook, Diane; Djerassi, Carl

S. l. (Woodside, CA): The Heyeck Press, 1985. Softcover. First edition, 1 of 200 copies; 9 3/4 x 6 1/2; pp. [8]; marbled wraps; a bit of rubbing to tips of spine; finger smudge to first blank leaf; light wear to corners; deckled page edges; one illustration by "Rice;" very good condition. Published by the Heyeck Press of Woodside, California - known for producing fine, limited editions of poetic works and for their hand-marbled paper for over 3 decades - the poetry-and-program booklet was presented, as a keepsake, to the friends of Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi at their wedding. Diane Middlebrook (1939 - 2007) was a poet, writer, and educator. She taught Feminist Studies at Stanford University and was the author of critically acclaimed biographies of Sylvia Plath (together with Silvia's husband Ted Hughes) and Ann Sexton. Carl Djerassi (1923 - 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American scientist, author, and playwright, who was the co-inventor of the first contraceptive pill. He was Middlebrook's third husband.


Les fleurs du mal

By Baudelaire, Charles

Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857. Hardcover. First edition, first printing, containing the six notorious, banned poems; 7 3/4 x 5; pp. [7], 6-248, [4] + 12 pp. of plates; second state, pale yellow wraps (back wrap announcing Les Fleurs du Mal); rebound in brown morocco by Rene Kieffer with original wraps bound in, padded with blanks; five raised bands and gilt title to spine; gilt dentelles to boards verso; housed in a marbled-paper slipcase, edged with brown morocco. A few very minor rubbed spots to spine; some wear along edges of slipcase; original wraps with a bit of age-toning and dust-dulling to margins; contemporary blank leaves with several gift inscriptions in French; very few, very small spots of foxing to fore-edge; 12 plates bound in between title page and first chapter; very good to near fine condition. A beautiful, extra illustrated example of Baudelaire's (1821 - 1867) masterpiece of Symbolism and Modernism, it was one of about 1100 copies, containing 100 poems written between 1840 and 1850 and published in June of 1857, that would scandalize the French authorities with their decadence, eroticism, and "insult to public decency," would get Baudelaire and his publisher prosecuted and fined, and would result in the ban of six of the poems - "Les bijoux," "Le lethe," "A celle qui est trop gaie," "Lesbos," "Femmes damnees," and "Les metamorphoses du vampire" - that would be ultimately excised from the later editions. Les fleurs du mal was not illustrated during Baudelaire's lifetime. The closest the author came to seeing an artistic interpretation of his work was his friend and artist Felicien Rops' frontispiece for the 1866 edition of the book. The current copy had, presumably, extra plates added, while the book was rebound, and included etchings, engravings, and photographic plates. Two of them were illustrations of the "flowers," prepared for later editions. Most of the rest of the portraits were etchings of Baudelaire, designed by himself, Manet, Courbet, etc., created by French artist Felix Henri Bracquemond (1833 - 1914).


Little Shells from Many Shores [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Hopkins, E. A. W.

San Francisco, CA: Bacon & Company, Printers, 1872. Hardcover. First edition; 7 x 5; pp. 300; green cloth over boards; gilt title and vignette to front board; rubbing to tips of spine and corners; a bit of wear to cloth; spotting and foxing to first and last several leaves, else mostly clean; loss of paper to upper corner of last blank leaf; good to very good condition. Signed and inscribed by the author on ffep. Eliza Ann Woodruff Hopkins was born in a small village in New Jersey in the early 1900s and moved to Joliet, Illinois in 1837 right after her marriage to Charles Bronson Hopkins. His business soon started to fail and in 1851, after he heard of the California Gold Rush, Charles left his wife and 3 small children in Joliet and set off for the land of riches. Forced to support her children on her own, Eliza took a position with Joliet's newspapers "The Signal" and "The True Democrat," writing articles and poetry under various pseudonyms, including "Mrs. E.A.W.H." and "Blue Bell." She eventually moved to Boston, where she wrote for "The Olive Branch." The current book contained original poems, as well as a collection of her poetry, previously published in various journals.


Poems [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Clark, Rosalie Winifred

Calvert, TX: Tribune Print, 1931. Softcover. First edition; 6 x 9 1/2; pp. [20]; brown wraps tied with a decorative string and illustrated in green; handmade paper; age-toning to wraps; very good or better. Signed and inscribed by author to her sister. Beautiful early 20th century Texas poetry.


San Francisco

By Codrescu, Andrei and Saroyan, Aram

San Francisco: FITS COLLECTIVE, 1972. Softcover. First edition, 1 of 200 copies; 4 x 4; pp. 10; white wraps printed and illustrated in black; loose leaves folded to form a book (as published); faint remnant of an erased penciled inscription to front wrap; minor wear to edges; very good to near fine condition. An uncommon publication, dedicated to Jack Kerouac and showcasing the power of the minimalist poetry both authors are well-known for. Aram Saroyan is an Armenian-American poet, playwright, novelist, and son of author William Saroyan and Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-American poet, screenwriter, and radio personality.


Songs After Work

By Magee, Louis J.

New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1907. Hardcover. First edition; 4 1/2 x 6; pp. 137; full velum stamped in gilt; red decorative closing ribbon (tying ends cut); a bit of age-toning to covers; previous owner's name to front cover verso; pages clean; very good or better. An uncommon collection of poems by Louis Magee, published posthumously in his honor and chosen from his archives by his closest friends and family. He was a US businessman and electrical engineer at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century - who had apparently spent several years in Berlin where he had become one of the pioneers of electric railway systems in Europe. In his preface Andrew D. White said Magee was remembered not only for his scientific papers and achievements but also for his ability to "offer his thoughts in verse."


Fata Morgana and Other Verses. With an Essay on the Nature of Poetry

By Herby, Nels Jensen

Oakland, CA: Published by the Author, 1926. Hardcover. First edition; 5 x 8; pp. 71; textured blue cloth over boards; gilt title to front board a bit faded; a few small rubbed spots to tips and along spine; very minor foxing to first and last page only, else clean; very good or better. Signed and inscribed by author. A beautiful copy, signed and inscribed by Bay Area poet Nels Jensen Herby - to Ina Coolbrith - the first Poet Laureate of California, the first female Poet Laureate in the United States, and mentor to both Mark Twain and Isadora Duncan. Both Herby and Coolbrith were also part of the literary circle which included Gertrude Atherton and Bret Harte.


Libera, Issue No. 2, Summer 1972 [Letter from Vietnam. A Women's Free School. Death in the Delivery Room. Poetry. Fiction. Graphics] A New Women's Journal

By Blazek, Marie; et al

University of California, Berkeley: Libera / Women's Press Collective, 1972. Softcover. First edition; oblong 7 3/4 x 10; pp. 60; orange wraps with b&w photographic illustration; a few small crease lines to corners; minor wear and spotting to tips of spine and margins of covers; a cut-out newspaper article about "Libera" laid in resulting in darkening of pp. 20-21; profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs; internally clean; very good to near fine. The journal emerged as a collaboration between the Libera Collective and the Women's Press Collective in the tumultuous early 1970s in Berkeley. It was conceived as a medium for women to publish graphics, poetry, and articles. As the laid-in newspaper article (appearing to have been cut out of the "Daily Californian") pointed out - the present Issue No. 2 particularly stood out with its write-ups on the San Francisco Breakaway, the letter written from Vietnam to one of the Collective, the controversial use of anesthesia in delivery rooms, etc.


Women Poems

By Piercy, Marge; et al

N/A, 1973. Softcover. First edition, n.d. ca 1973 (small note to upper margin of front cover "rec'd 5/73"); 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; pp. 53; mustard wraps illustrated and printed in black; faint fading along margins; thin closed cut to tail of spine; internally clean; very good to near fine. An apparently unrecorded anthology of poems by various well-known female poets, activists, and educators including Marge Piercy, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Mae Brown, Sylvia Plath, etc.


Collected Poems [Two Volumes Limited Signed Edition]

By Drinkwater, John

London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1923. Hardcover. Edition limited to 230 sets of which 200 are for sale (this set hand-numbered #18); 7 x 9 1/2; pp. 234 vol. I (1908-1917), pp. 240 vol. II (1917-1922); white cloth over boards; gilt title; silk page marker detached but present in both volumes; top edge gilt; all edges deckled; hand-made paper; age-toning to spine and margins of covers, else minor wear; signature of previous owner to first blank page; no slip cases; overall very good or better. Signed by author in volume I. John Drinkwater was a British poet, playwright, and critic in the early 1900s. He was a supporter and promoter of repertory theater in England and in 1907 he became the producer the Pilgrim Players (chiefly presenting verse drama) which would eventually develop into the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company.


The Quick Years

By Myers, Karl

Charleston, W. VA: West Virginia Publishing Company, 1926. Softcover. First edition; 5 x 7 3/4; pp. [8], 11-109, [1]; brown textured wraps; a bit of dust-dulling; a few worn spots along spine and several small nicks to tips; faint age-toning to title page only, else clean; very good or better. The first collection of poems of the first poet laureate of West Virginia. Karl "Dewey" Myers was born in 1899 with severe birth defects and was never expected to survive for even a day. Beating all odds he lived but he never weighed more than 60 pounds and never walked. He did not have any formal education but instead he self-educated himself at home. According to his contemporaries' accounts, Myers was adored by children and animals and he would entertain the neighborhood kids with stories and poems for hours. On the other hand, he would frequently overindulge in alcohol which turned him into a mean, belligerent drunk and mothers would run to spread the word and keep their children away from him. West Virginia Governor Howard Mason Gore appointed Myers as the state’s first poet laureate on June 9, 1927 - a title the latter held for a decade. Dewey died in 1951 from complications of alcoholism having spent his final years in and out of nursing homes. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Elkins. Though a prolific writer, Karl Myers published only two collections of his poetry - the current book in 1926 and 'Cross and Crown' shortly before his death in 1951. Nowadays, his works can be found mostly in institutions and are rarely seen in the trade.


The Wonderful Spring and Other Poems

By Craig, Ellen Frances

Morgantown, W. VA.: Acme Publishing Company, 1904. Hardcover. First edition; 5 x 6 3/4; pp. [8], 7-47, [1]; black cloth over boards; gilt title; all edges gilt; a bit of wear to spine and corners; internally bright and clean; illustrated with photograph frontis and b & w drawings; very good or better. Ellen Craig was a well-known though not prolific poet in West Virginia in the early 1900s (she published only two books of poetry - the present one and "West Virginia Poems"). Her love for her native state and its beauty was often reflected in her poems.


In the Land of the Papaia

By Gallet, Harriet

Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1936. Softcover. Second printing; 6 x 9; pp. 32; stiff green wraps printed and illustrated in black; slight age-toning and spotting along margins; small nameplate to front cover verso; internally bright and clean; illustrated with photographs and drawings; overall very good or better condition. A beautiful collection of poems about the flowers and beauty of Hawaii.


Souvenir Verse and Story. Memorial of Fifty Years

By Smith, J. E. A.

Springfield, MA: Clark W. Bryan Company, 1896. Hardcover. First edition; 5 x 7 1/2"; pp. [11], 8-146, [2]; embossed brick-red cloth over boards; a few small rubbed spots to tips of spine; corners lightly bumped, else very minor wear; faint gift inscription; internally fine; illustrated with photographs including frontispiece of the historic Old Elm in Pittsfield, MA; overall very good or better. A charming, albeit somewhat obscure, collection of verses of and about Massachusetts.


Burns in Scottish Scene and Song

By Junior, Allan

London; Valentine & Sons, 1925. Softcover. First edition; 6 x 9; brown wraps with gilt title and vignette to front cover; tartan-inspired DJ with author's portrait on a paste-on label; mild wrinkling to tips of spine and corners; gift inscription; pages clean; illustrated with numerous photographs; overall very good or better. Jacket good with small nicks and chips along edges. Selections of various Burns' works with commentaries and photos depicting the natural sites and landmarks in the corresponding excerpts.


The Asian American Poetry Book [Limited first edition]

By Various

Seattle: Young Asians for Action, 1971. Softcover. First limited edition; 6" x 8 3/4"; pp. [3], 2-56, [4] including text to last page; original stiff pictorial wraps tied with a decorative string; illustrated from photographs; near fine with minor wear and scuffing to top edge and upper corners of covers. A delightful poetry book with works by various young Asian Americans. Contains two photographs by Gary Locke, former United States Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington and currently serving as an ambassador to China.


Recueil de Poesies a L'usage de la Jeunesse Americaine

By Mlle. Camille de Janon

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1882. Hardcover. First edition; 4 1/2 x 6 3/4; pp. [7], vi-viii, [1], 2-186, [2]; brick-red cloth over boards; beautiful embossed gilt swan to front cover; gilt title to spine; minor rubbing to tips of spine and corners; some foxing to first free page only, else clean; previous owner's bookplate to front cover verso and signature to title page; overall in very good to near fine edition. "Collection of Poetry for Use by American Youth" was an anthology of poems by French masters including Victor Hugo, Lafontaine, and Auguste Coupey - published by the French Director of a school in New York. Camille de Janon ran the "Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies and Children" at 10 Gramercy Park in Manhattan in the late 1800s. At the time, the Gramercy neighborhood had already begun establishing itself as a hotbed of artistic activity and an area of great progressive schools. The books was published by Camille de Janon in order to teach her pupils appreciation for French poetry as well as to strengthen their mastery of the language. Quite uncommon, especially in such condition with only one other copy in the trade.


For those I taught (Durham Chapbook IV) and the Friendly Commonplace. Being a Book of Graces Before Meat and Other Homely Devotions [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Babcock, Donald C.

Cleveland : American Weave Press, 1951. Softcover. Second printing; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [4], 1-40; hand-sewn blue wraps; mild age-toning and fading to margins of front cover; a photo greeting card pasted on front cover verso; pages fine; overall very good or better. Signed by author with a lengthy inscription on first free page. Donald Campbell Babcock was a long-time University of New Hampshire philosophyprofessor whose numerous poems were often published in 'The New Yorker' and 'Atlantic' magazines. His current book of poetry received the Durham Poetry Award in 1947. The only copy in the trade.


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