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POEMS

POEMS

by Brooke, Rupert

1911. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. Original very dark blue cloth with paper spine label. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's first book, which consisted of only 500 copies; Frank Sidgwick, a fellow Rugby graduate, had agreed to publish it but only at Brooke's financial risk. POEMS was preceded only by several (now quite rare) prize poem pamphlets from Brooke's years at Rugby School, 1904-1905. Brooke's next (and last) volume of verse would be 1914 AND OTHER POEMS, published posthumously in 1915,... Read more
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$650.00
THE GOLDEN LEGEND

THE GOLDEN LEGEND

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

1852. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. 4 pp preliminary ads dated Jan 1852. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. First Edition, first printing. This is a book-length narrative poem based on a Middle High German romance by Hartmann von Aue [c.1170 - c.1210]; Longfellow's version was soon adapted as a cantata by Sir Arthur Sullivan. The first printing was actually published on Nov 29, 1851, and partway through the printing of the 3600 copies, it was decided to change the title page date... Read more
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$200.00
POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

by Hardy, Thomas

1902. (London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902.) Original dark green cloth with monogram device in gilt. First Edition of Hardy's second volume of verse, which (like the first, WESSEX POEMS), consisted of only 500 copies. None of Hardy's exceedingly scarce multi-volume novels consisted of fewer copies; for example, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE and TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES each had a 1000-copy first edition. This title, actually published in November... Read more
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$1,150.00
LARA, A Tale.  |  JACQUELINE, A Tale

LARA, A Tale. | JACQUELINE, A Tale

by [Byron, George Gordon Lord]

1814. London: Printed for J. Murray by T. Davison, 1814. 6 pp undated ads. Original drab paper-covered boards with printed spine label. First Edition of LARA; JACQUELINE, which is by Samuel Rogers, had previously been privately printed. LARA was the fourth of Byron's Levantine tales, following THE SIEGE OF CORINTH, THE GIAOUR and THE CORSAIR; "it was also the first poem for which he agreed to accept payment for himself from a publisher -- 700 pounds. Pride had hitherto forbidden... Read more
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$275.00
The Island

The Island

by Young, Francis Brett

London: William Heinemann. 1945. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. No dustjacket.Robust, professional packaging and tracking provided for all parcels. 451 pages. . Reprint. Hardback.
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AU$10.00
KERAMOS and Other Poems

KERAMOS and Other Poems

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

1878. Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Company, 1878. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled. First Edition, which consisted of only 3,000 copies (some of which were not bound up until 1886, and some of which -- 665 to be exact -- were never bound up but were "ground up" in November 1897). In short, this title, published four years before Longfellow died, was not a hot seller -- though it does include his "Birds of Passage" group of poems. This copy is in the... Read more
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$125.00
TWENTY-FIVE POEMS

TWENTY-FIVE POEMS

by Thomas, Dylan

1936. ["another unprocurable"] London: J. M. Dent & Sons, (1936). Original grey boards, with dust jacket. First Edition of Thomas's second book, which consisted of only 730 copies. His only earlier book had been EIGHTEEN POEMS, a 1934 issue of 250 copies by the Sunday Referee & Parton Bookshop. After the variously toned but never indifferent reception accorded to EIGHTEEN POEMS, Thomas's name began to appear regularly in a number of literary journals. But Victor Neuberg... Read more
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$850.00
Australia's Greatest Folk Hero

Australia's Greatest Folk Hero

by Crawford, King

Melbourne Melbourne: Crawford & Crawford. 1993. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition - Card Covers. Spine a little faded. Black & white illustrations by the author. 168 pages . 1st Edition. Softcover.
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AU$10.00
THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK

by Carroll, Lewis

1876. An Agony, in Eight Fits. With Nine Illustrations by Henry Holiday. London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. Original buff cloth pictorially decorated in black, all page edges gilt. First Edition of this poetical nonsense tale, both funny and subtle, that "describes with infinite humour the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature" [WM&G]. The crew consists of a Bellman, a Bonnet-Maker, a Barrister, a Broker, a Billiard-Maker, a Banker, a Butcher, a Baker,... Read more
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$425.00
THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines

THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines

by Hodgson, Ralph

1907. [the dedicatee's copy] London: George Allen, 1907. Original deep reddish-brown cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition, first issue (with top edge gilt and other edges untrimmed) of this collection of 26 poems -- the poet's first book, published when he was 26. Hodgson (1871-1962) was a reclusive man who avoided publicity, but who in his time was quite popular, and a few of his poems regularly appear in anthologies; he was also an early voice for ecology, writing about man's... Read more
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$250.00
The Pub and The Scrub (Signed by Author)

The Pub and The Scrub (Signed by Author)

by Hulm, Neil

Lavington, NSW: Self published. 1987. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. Illustrated with Black & White Photographs and Drawings. Signed by the author. 72 pages A brief history of the construction and opening of the real Ettamogah Pub in stories and poems. . Softcover.
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AU$12.00
THE POETS AND POETRY OF EUROPE

THE POETS AND POETRY OF EUROPE

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

1845. With Introductions and Biographical Notices. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. Original full dark brown morocco elaborately decorated in gilt, all page edges gilt. First Edition, first printing (with the imprint of Metcalf and Company on the copyright page, rather than that of T.K. & P.G. Collins). This is Longfellow's massive (779-page) anthology of centuries of European verse. The Preface and the many editorial notes are by Longfellow; he notes in his Preface that the biographical... Read more
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$895.00
IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

by [Tennyson, Alfred]

1850. [Tennyson's masterpiece -- fine] London: Edward Moxon, 1850. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth. First Edition -- of what is "widely considered to be one of the greatest poems of the 19th century" [Oxford p. 607]. As indicated on the dedication (but not title) page, this volume is in memory of "A.H.H." -- Arthur Henry Hallam, who had been Tennyson's closest friend and supporter (as well as Tennyson's sister's fiancé). The four years'... Read more
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$1,450.00
GOBLIN MARKET and Other Poems

GOBLIN MARKET and Other Poems

by Rossetti, Christina

1862. With Two Designs by D.G. Rossetti. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1862. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt and blind. First Edition of Christina Rossetti's first volume of verse (other than her 1847 one, privately printed by her grandfather when she was only 17). "Goblin Market" is an intensely erotic poem about two sisters, written at a time when "Chief outlet for her [Christina's] affections was [her older sister] Maria, who could not have guessed at the... Read more
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$2,750.00
Aardvark: Written off:  A collection of writing by young SA authors, put together by the team from Generation Hex

Aardvark: Written off: A collection of writing by young SA authors, put together by the team from Generation Hex

by Prime, Justin; Rolevink, James; Rubenstein, Matt; Sharplin,Erica (editors)

Adelaide: Generation Hex. Writer's Centre. 1995. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. Uncommon 100 pages A colllection of verse and prose from several young South Australian writers. . 1st Edition. Softcover.
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AU$12.00
Mediaeval Age : Specimens of European Poetry from the Ninth to the Fifteenth century

Mediaeval Age : Specimens of European Poetry from the Ninth to the Fifteenth century

by Flores, Angel [ editor ]

UK 1st ed. small 8vo red cloth pp xviii+457 bibliography index VG+/G- Poems from Ireland to Byzantium, translated into English. Minor creasing along cloth binding surface, with Fine text-block, so VG+ overall. Dustwrapper has a 15mm strip torn along the back, still pleasing.
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£4.50
1914." Five Sonnets [with original envelope]

1914." Five Sonnets [with original envelope]

by Brooke, Rupert

1915. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. Original grey printed wrappers, with original S&J mailing envelope. First Separate Edition, published five months after 1914 AND OTHER POEMS (which included these sonnets). Included is "The Soldier," beginning with Brooke's famous lines If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. By the time this was published, Brooke had in fact died in a corner of a foreign field -- actually at sea in the... Read more
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$375.00
THE PRINCE'S PROGRESS and Other Poems

THE PRINCE'S PROGRESS and Other Poems

by Rossetti, Christina

1866. With Two Designs by D.G. Rossetti. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Christina Rossetti's second book, published four years after GOBLIN MARKET. The title verse is a romantic allegory on the "Sleeping Beauty" theme, only in this case the Prince arrives too late. Christina had these verses ready for publication in 1865, but her brother Dante Gabriel caused it to be postponed by not getting around to creating the two... Read more
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$1,350.00
1914 AND OTHER POEMS

1914 AND OTHER POEMS

by Brooke, Rupert

1915. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. Original blue-black cloth with printed spine label. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's second and last volume of verse, which consisted of 1000 copies. Included is the first book appearance of his best-known poem, "The Soldier," which begins If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. This volume was published by Rupert Brooke's Rugby classmate Frank Sidgwick in June 1915, less than two months after... Read more
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$475.00
POEMS, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect

POEMS, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect

by Burns, Robert

1787. [original boards, leaves uncut] The Third Edition. London: Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell in The Strand; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787. Original blue-grey paper-covered boards with cream paper spine and printed label, page edges uncut. "The London edition," which is to say the third edition overall (so stated, unlike the prior two) -- following the rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786 and Wm. Creech's Edinburgh edition of earlier in 1787. Egerer goes to great length to explain why... Read more
Item Price
$7,750.00
POEMS

POEMS

by Brooke, Rupert

1911. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. Original very dark blue cloth with paper spine label. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's first book, which consisted of only 500 copies; Frank Sidgwick, a fellow Rugby graduate, had agreed to publish it but only at Brooke's financial risk. POEMS was preceded only by several (now quite rare) prize poem pamphlets from Brooke's years at Rugby School, 1904-1905. Brooke's next (and last) volume of verse would be 1914 AND OTHER POEMS, published posthumously in 1915,... Read more
Item Price
$775.00
Hood's Comicalities in Prose and Verse.

Hood's Comicalities in Prose and Verse.

by Hood, Thomas

London: Ward, Lock & Bowden Ltd,. 395pp Engraved frontis and several further plates. Integral illustrations and cartoons on almost every page. Quarter bound in maroon morocco with gilt titles to spine; maroon boards. Gilt to top edge. Leather is worn to top and tail of spine and there are some small areas of loss. External split an inch and half in length to front hinge. Internally split to both endpaper hinges though boards are still fairly firmly attached. Some foxing to prelims and frontis... Read more
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£17.50
THE "BAB" BALLADS plus MORE "BAB" BALLADS

THE "BAB" BALLADS plus MORE "BAB" BALLADS

by Gilbert, W[illiam]. S[chwenck]

1872. Much Sound and Little Sense. With Illustrations by the Author. London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. 4 pp undated (Routledge) ads. With: MORE "BAB" BALLADS... George Routledge and Sons, n.d.[1872]. 4 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in gilt, beveled, all page edges gilt. First Editions of these collections of "clever verses which, in the name of good fun, discoursed amiably on violence and crime" [K&H]. Included are Gilbert's whimsical illustrations;... Read more
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$200.00
The Humorous verse of Jimmy Fell and one that isn't a little bit funny

The Humorous verse of Jimmy Fell and one that isn't a little bit funny

by Fell, Jimmy

Published by the author. Unpaginated. Poetry in either standard English or a modified Lancashire dialect (designed to be understood by those outside of Lancashire) Signed by Jimmy Fell to author's foreword page, ''Best Wishes, Jimmy Fell''. Stapled binding. Lightly rubbed. Very good copy. . Pamphlet. First edition.
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£3.50
FROM THE HILLS OF DREAM

FROM THE HILLS OF DREAM

by Macleod, Fiona [pseudonym of William Sharp]

1896. Mountain Songs and Island Runes. Edinburgh: Patrick Geddes & Colleagues, n.d. [1896]. 6 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this volume of verse by the Scottish mystical writer who wrote first as William Sharp and then, beginning in 1894, as "Fiona Macleod" -- a secret identity known to hardly anyone, in fact, as the years went by, barely to Sharp himself. The publisher, "Patrick Geddes & Colleagues," was formed in 1895 around... Read more
Item Price
$250.00