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Poetry

A brief selection of some of Biblio's most interesting books of poems, ranging from ancient balads into modern and contempoary works. From the sacred to the profane.



Songs From Prison: Translations of Indian Lyrics Made in Jail

Songs From Prison: Translations of Indian Lyrics Made in Jail

by Gandhi, M. (Mohandas) K. (Karamchand) (Adapted for the Press By John S. Howland)

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Used - Near Fine Book
Edition
First American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Pasadena, California
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$250.00

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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934. First American Edition . Black Cloth. Near Fine Book/Very Good Dustjacket. 160 Pp. Black Cloth, Printed Paper Spine Label. First American Edition, With 1934 On Title Page; Published In America Using Sheets Printed In Great Britain. Book Is Bright And Clean, Near Fine. Dj Lightly Worn, Outer Panels Lightly Browned (Flaps Are Yellow), Complete Except For Minute Losses At Corners, $1.90 American Price Stamped On Lower Corner Of Front Flap, A Few Short Stray Ink Lines On Front Panel. A Scarce Gandhi Title, Scarcer In Jacket.
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$250.00
Paradise Lost, A Poem
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Paradise Lost, A Poem

by Milton, John

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  • poor
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Used - Poor
Binding
Hardcover
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edinburgh, Midlothian
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$567.58

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Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. Hardcover. Poor. Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. Poor. Approx. 13'' by 8.25''. Full leather binding, spine with raised bands, outer binding original, but in poor condition. Inner book is generally clean & still well bound. Subscriber list, summary of the arguments within the poem. 466pp of the poem plus index. Portrait of Milton on title page and marbled endpapers. 3 pages at front have a tear and there is an ink stain on the edge. (see pictures). From the library of Lockhart of Cleghorn with their bookplate on the front pastedown. With an inscription 'Barbara Lockhart from her sister Mrs Jamieson' on the front endpapers.***Heavy & will require overseas postage***
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$567.58
The Raven and Other Poems
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The Raven and Other Poems

by Poe, Edgar Allan

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Used
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Brooklyn, New York
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$12,500.00

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New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First edition in book form of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," the single most famous American poem of the nineteenth century, first published earlier that year in the New York Evening Mirror (under Poe's own name) and The American Review (under a pseudonym). Partly inspired by the early lyrics of Elizabeth Barrett (later Browning), to whom he dedicated this volume of poems, Poe composed "The Raven" in trochaic octometer, with a deranged musicality all his own. The elements are familiar even to those who don't read poetry: the "midnight dreary," the silk-curtained chamber, the raven perched upon the bust of Athena, the relentless refrain that drives the narrator mad. "'Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! / Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door! / Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' / Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" Even before publication, Poe knew he had a sensation on his hands. When… Read More
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$12,500.00
Gems for the Drawing Room - Fruit and Flowers - Books 1 and 2
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Gems for the Drawing Room - Fruit and Flowers - Books 1 and 2

by JERRARD, Paul & BAYLEY, J.W.N.

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Used
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First Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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$5,240.25

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London: Paul Jerrard, 1852. First Edition. Mid-nineteenth century opulence: two elaborate Victorian plate books with plates of fruit and flowers complimenting verse, fully printed in gilt. Two folios in original cloth with large colour card onlay on front board and gilt floral motif on rear, 24 full-page chromolithographic plates each facing a matching gilt printed poem; cloth mildly browned in book 1, binding rubbed and mild preliminary foxing in book 2, a very good set with beautiful clean plates.
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$5,240.25
THE WARLOCK OF LOVE.
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THE WARLOCK OF LOVE.

by BOLAN. MARC

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Used
Binding
Hardcover
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London, United Kingdom
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$472.99

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Lupus Music. 1969. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8.7 x 5.6 inches). A very good, bright copy in the pictorial boards which show a black and white photo portrait of Bolan. Front board and spine lettered in white. In the original dustwrapper which reproduces the boards. Just a hint of rubbing to the extremities of the boards and some creases to the edges of the wrapper but overall a very good copy throughout.
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$472.99
The Song of Hiawatha
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The Song of Hiawatha

by LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth

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Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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COLUMBIA, Missouri
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$499.00

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1855 1ed 1st printing Song of Hiawatha Henry Longfellow Poetry Native American

"When thou smilest, my beloved,
Then my troubled heart is brightened"
– H.W. Longfellow, Song of Hiawatha

An incredible first edition of 'The Song of Hiawatha' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This epic and popular 19th-century poem tells the love story of an Ojibwe warrior and his love for a Doakota woman. Longfellow describes Indian legends that have stood the test of time, particularly in comparison to the religious themes that are employed through verse.

It was Longfellow who helped the American public understand the image of the Native American. According to Pearce,
"It was Longfellow who fully realized for mid-19th-century Americans the possibility of the image of the noble savage. [Prior to 'Hiawatha'] there was a general feeling that the Indian belonged nowhere in American life but in dim prehistory" (p. 191)
Item number: #6997
Price: $499
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth
The Song of Hiawatha
Boston: Ticknor and… Read More
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Canzoniere et Trionfi
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Canzoniere et Trionfi

by Francesco Petrarca

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Condition
Used
Edition
Second edition of this version
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$81,435.00

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[Sant'Orso]: Leonardus Achates de Basilea, 1474. Second edition of this version; the seventh edition in total.Petrarch's poetry in Italian, the Canzoniere and the Trionfi count among the most celebrated and influential works in western literature. In the present incunable edition it is combined with the brief biography by Leonardo Bruni that helped to spread the poet's fame and reputation. Petrarch's 'Book of Songs', based on the 'libro d'autore'
Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) is considered one of the greatest love poets of world literature. Referred to by Petrarch himself as Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, and in his opening words called "rime sparse" (scattered rhymes), the collection of 366 poems - mostly sonnets - was called Il Canzoniere
(Book of Songs) since the Renaissance. Immortalising the poet's love for the unattainable Laura, this cycle established the sonnet form and became the basis for the development of lyric poetry throughout Renaissance Europe.
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$81,435.00
The Blessed Damozel
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The Blessed Damozel

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Used
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Newark, Delaware
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$100.00

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This is a very lovely small book of poetry by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with illustrations by Paul Woodroffe. It was published by David McKay, Philadelphia, and dates to circa 1916. This appears to be a special binding, more luxurious than the softcover binding that McKay published, because this one has covers of thick rose-colored suede leather with the title and author impressed deeply into the suede on the front cover and spine. The front and back have double-page illustrations by Paul Woodroffe, as shown, and the title page has a lovely design as well as a facing illustration; there are 3 other illustrations among the 27 pages. The illustrations are in the Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau style. The page edges are gilt, as shown, and there is a pink ribbon bookmark sewn in. This is the only copy with this binding that I have found. Please use the zoom function to see the great details. This little volume has survived well for 100 years. The interiors are in good, clean condition; the only condition… Read More
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$100.00
Gertrude of Wyoming
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Gertrude of Wyoming: A Pennsylvanian Tale and Other Poems

by Thomas Campbell

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Used
Binding
Hardcover
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Newark, Delaware
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$100.00

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Beautifully rebound 1809 volume by poet Thomas Campbell, describing the poem Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania and the massacre that occurred there on July 3, 1778. On that day, more than three hundred American Revolutionaries died at the hands of Loyalists and their Iroquois allies. 134 pages of the original 1809 publication, with some browning and a bit of foxing of the first few pages. The later rebinding features red/green hand marbling with maroon leather corners and spine, very handsome.
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$100.00
The poetical works of John Milton: consisting of Paradise lost and regained, and Poems on several...
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The poetical works of John Milton: consisting of Paradise lost and regained, and Poems on several occasions, from the text of Dr. Newton, with the life of the author

by MILTON, John

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
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Hardcover
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COLUMBIA, Missouri
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$499.00

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1796 Paradise Lost BOSTON John Milton Poetry + Regained RARE American ed Newton

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

'Paradise Lost' follows the biblical story of the Fall of Man and the temptation of Adam and Eve. Milton himself states that purpose for this book was to "Justify the ways of God to Men". It covers the characters Adam, Eve, and Satan and the roles each played in the development of religious culture and idolatry.
It was critically acclaimed and well-received by many famed personalities, including Samuel Johnson who states.
"[Paradise Lost shows] Milton's peculiar power to astonish…and he seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was the Nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others: the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful.
Christian writer C.S. Lewis also… Read More
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The Trembling Of The Veil
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The Trembling Of The Veil

by W.B. Yeats

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  • good
  • Paperback
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Condition
Used - Good
Binding
Paperback
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NAXXAR, Malta
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$1,731.85

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SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION of Yeats's autobiographical work; one of only 1000 copies signed by Yeats, 1922, privately printed
From the Preface: " I have found in an old diary a quotation from Stephane Mallarmé, saying that his epoch was troubled by the trembling of the veil of the Temple. As those words were still true, during the years of my life described in this book, I have chosen The Trembling of the Veil for its title"Octavo, original half parchment over light green boards; original dust jacket. Dust jacket spine with light wear at the spine (slightly affecting label) and minor toning. Overall fine copy in the scarce original dust jacket, pages uncut, printed on hand-made paper.
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$1,731.85
Whittier's Poems
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Whittier's Poems: Poems by John Greenleaf Whittier

by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Used
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Burnt Leather Classics
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Battle Ground, Washington
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$100.00

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Whittier's Poems by John Greenleaf WhittierHurst & Co. 'Burnt Leather Classics' circa 19051905-1907 PW Nov 25: ad includes ... Hurst's Burnt Leather Classics, 16mo. Very choice for gift purposes. Bound in genuine ooze-calf, with hand-painted designs, and burnt leather titles, gilt top, boxed, 50 titles
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$100.00
Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (Complete). From the Twelfth London Edition....
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Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (Complete). From the Twelfth London Edition. Illustrated

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition Thus
Binding
Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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$250.00

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Troy, New York: NIms and Knight, 1887. Uncommon edition, and SCARCE in such lovely condition. In publisher's original marigold cloth with intricate floral embossed background surrounding author's name on gilt field and her portrait, gilt spine. sweet floral end papers, all edges gilt. vi, 520 pages. Near Fine, lovely period gift inscription front end page, light rubs at spine ends, title page evenly browned due to tissue guard. A gorgeous copy indeed. . First Edition Thus. Embossed Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Tall 8vo.
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$250.00
Aesop For Children
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Aesop For Children

by Winter, Milo

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$725.00

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DUST JACKET ONLY. NO BOOK IS INCLUDED The Aesop For Children (1919 unclipped Rand McNally Dust Jacket Only) RARE! 27 X 11 7/8 Orange First Edition unclipped DUST JACKET ONLY. dimensions are: 27 X 11 7/8 (fits volume 9 3/4 X 11 7/8) Original price $2.00, from Rand McNally & Company. USED. Good condition. No book included. Orange dust jacket ILLUSTRATED BY MILO WINTER. SHOWS SOME WEAR. A NICE FIND.
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$725.00
Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books, 15th Edition published in 1738

by Milton, John

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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Good Condition
Edition
Fifteenth Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PK, California
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$5,000.00

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Paradise Lost was originally published in the year 1667. Early editions such as the one being offered here are very scarce and valuable. This fifteenth edition from 1738 is completely original inside and out. The leather covers show some scuffing, and the gold decor on both front and back covers is still good. There is a former owner's name on the front endsheet, and a few pages have some edge spots. The binding is tight, and the book is mostly as it was when it was published almost three centuries ago.This will make a fine and unique addition to your library of classic literature.
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$5,000.00