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WALKING THE BLACK CAT: Poems. Charles Simic. WALKING THE BLACK CAT: Poems.
San Diego: Harcourt, Brace & Co. (1996). First edition. A Harvest paperback original. INSCRIBED to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife, "For Tony & Helen: with best wishes, Charlie / Nov 14, 1996 / Strafford, N.H." Fine in pictorial white paperwraps printed in black and red.

[Book #53744]       Price: $150.00
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THE ARRIVISTES: Poems 1940-1949. Louis Simpson. THE ARRIVISTES: Poems 1940-1949.
New York: The Fine Editions Press, [1949]. First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's first book.Preface by Theodore Hoffman. Near fine in paperwraps with edges very slightly tanned. Lacking the original glassine. In presumably supplied (versus original) heavy, blue paper dust jacket with title and author's name handwritten on spine.

[Book #53729]       Price: $200.00
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DYING: An Introduction. L. E. Sissman. DYING: An Introduction.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1967). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in bright dust jacket with closed tear in rear panel (with tape repair on verso) and light foxing along flap folds and top edges of flaps. Review copy with publisher's slip tipped to front free endpaper.

[Book #36198]       Price: $60.00
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POEMS. William Jay Smith. POEMS.
New York: The Banyan Press, 1947. First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, one of 500 numbered copies. Light erasure on front endpaper, spine ends and corners a little bumped and rubbed, otherwise about near fine in remnants of original glassine.

[Book #16636]       Price: $50.00
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THE FUHRER BUNKER: A Cycle of Poems in Progress. W. D. Snodgrass. THE FUHRER BUNKER: A Cycle of Poems in Progress.
Brockport: BOA Editions, 1977. First edition. One of 1000 copies. Red cloth boards with black lettering on spine, black endpages. INSCRIBED on title page by Snodgrass to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife, "for Tony and Helen with delight and affection / De / W. D. Snodgrass." Snodgrass, whose middle name was DeWitt, went by "De" to his friends. Fine in dust jacket with 1/4" chip on back panel, otherwise fine.

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HEART'S NEEDLE. W. D. Snodgrass. HEART'S NEEDLE.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, one of only 1,500 copies printed. From the collection of Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, with his ownership signature on front endpaper. Fine in very good dust jacket with scant 1/8" chipped away at head of spine, corners nicked, spine a little tanned, and rear panel slightly soiled.

[Book #53726]       Price: $200.00
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TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN SONGS. W. D. Snodgrass. TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN SONGS.
Baltimore: Charles Seluzicki, 1978. First edition. Printed at the Janus Press. Number 218 of 300 copies SIGNED by Snodgrass, who translated the folk songs herein from collections by Bartok and Kodaly (1906 and 1929, respectively). Illustrated with decorations cut by Dorian McGowan. Stiff, unlettered, tan paperwraps, with design printed in mauve on front cover. INSCRIBED BY SNODGRASS TO PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT, "For Tony, with affection and envy, D." Edges toned, most noticeably at top of front cover, otherwise very good. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54275]       Price: $175.00
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THE FANFARLO: And Other Verse. Muriel Spark. THE FANFARLO: And Other Verse.
Kent: The Hand and Flower Press, 1952. First edition in the first-issue paperwraps with red lettering. Fine.

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THE FANFARLO: And Other Verse. Muriel Spark. THE FANFARLO: And Other Verse.
Kent: The Hand and Flower Press, 1952. First edition in the first-issue paperwraps with red lettering. Fine.

[Book #35438]       Price: $75.00
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POEMS OF DEDICATION. Stephen Spender. POEMS OF DEDICATION.
New York: Random House, (1947). First edition. INSCRIBED on half-title page. Edges slightly tanned, a few letters on spine slightly rubbed, and small spot on upper rear edge as well as the corners worn through to boards, otherwise very good lacking dust jacket.

[Book #25765]       Price: $50.00
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LANGUAGE. Jack Spicer. LANGUAGE.
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, (1970). Second printing. Sticker shadow on rear cover and spine a little tanned, otherwise near fine in pale green paperwraps.

[Book #54345]       Price: $50.00
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THE RABBIT. Ralph Steadman, , Edward Lucie-Smith. THE RABBIT.
(London: Turret Books / Steam Press, 1973). First edition. Number 30 of only 100 copies (of 1,000 in total) SIGNED by Steadman and Lucie-Smith. A six-line poem by Lucie-Smith illustrated by Steadman: "The virile rabbit has no use / For solitary self-abuse. / He copulates with dash and vim; / Self-doubt is quite unknown to him. / I've often noticed, let me say, / That vegetarians are that way." Fine in light blue, stiff, stapled wraps. An early and scarce Steadman. INTERESTING HOLIDAY GREETING SIGNED BY POET & ARTIST RALPH STEADMAN.

[Book #53290]       Price: $500.00
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TWO POEMS OF NIGHT. Ralph Steadman, Edward Lucie-Smith. TWO POEMS OF NIGHT.
London: Turret Books, (1972). First edition. Number 66 of 100 SIGNED copies (of 1,000 copies in total). Poem by Smith and illustrations by Steadman and signed by both. Minor creasing otherwise bright and fine in stiff paperwraps (oblong, 8 x 10"). This copy also INSCRIBED by Smith to an old friend, Baltimore bookseller Bernice Weiss, who passed away a number of years ago. An early Steadman item. INTERESTING SUBJECT FOR A HOLIDAY GREETING, SIGNED BY POET & ARTIST.

[Book #53291]       Price: $150.00
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HARMONIUM. Wallace Stevens. HARMONIUM.
New York: Knopf, 1931. Second edition of the author's first book, but so altered as to constitute almost a new book, dropping three poems which appeared in 1923, and adding fourteen new poems. Second/third binding (602 copies): blue paper-covered boards with black cloth spine. There were also copies in green paper boards. Name on endpaper, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine dust jacket which is tanned on edges and at spine and just starting to split at top of front spine fold. Still, nice and bright.

[Book #50233]       Price: $500.00
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MATTINO DOMENICALE: Ed Altre Poesie. Wallace Stevens. MATTINO DOMENICALE: Ed Altre Poesie.
(Torino): Giulio Einaudi Editori, (1954). First edition. Only 3000 copies printed. English and Italian texts on opposing pages. This poetry collection includes the first appearance of "The River of Rivers in Connecticut" and 17 pages of previously unpublished notes on his poetry. Stevens was a reluctant commentator on his own work, and these notes are believed to be the only comments he ever made in print on his poetry. [Edelstein A21.] Short, inconspicuous tear to fore edge front cover, otherwise bright and nearly fine in paperwraps. Lacking the plain glassine dust jacket.

[Book #48885]       Price: $350.00
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COLLECTED POEMS. Robert Louis Stevenson. COLLECTED POEMS.
London: Rupert Hart Davis, 1950. First edition. Edited and with an introduction and notes by Janet Adam Smith. Near fine in dark blue cloth with silver lettering; in lightly foxed dust jacket with a tiny chip and few small tears, otherwise near fine.

[Book #54420]       Price: $150.00
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ONE AND TWENTY: Duke Narratiive and Verse. William Styron. ONE AND TWENTY: Duke Narratiive and Verse.
[Durham]: Duke University Press, 1945. First edition. Styron's first book appearance--SIGNED by him on the half-title page. Foreword by William Blackburn. Illustrated by the pupils of Clare Leighton. Contributions by Styron and others. Fine in dust jacket slightly taller than the book so that top edge is just a bit worn, otherwise fine.

[Book #53724]       Price: $150.00
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SHADOW AND SUNSHINE. Eliza Suggs. SHADOW AND SUNSHINE.
Ohama, Neb. [Privately published], 1906. First edition. Elizabeth "Eliza" Gertrude Suggs (1876-1908) was a physically impaired African-American author and lecturer born to former slaves. In SHADOW AND SUNSHINE, her only published book, Suggs recounts her parents' stories of being enslaved, other stories of slavery recalled by her mother, and her own remarkable life's story. Illustrated with photographs of Suggs and her family. Includes three poems by Suggs as well as poems selected from others' work. Introductions by Burton R. Jones and C. M. Damon. 18mo (4.25 x 6.25") brick-red cloth boards stamped in gilt on front and spine; 96 pages; six photographs, including frontis. About very good with few light stains, scattered marginal smudges, photo opposite p.[32] of "Rev James Suggs" starting; and photo opposite p.48 of "Four Generations" trimmed cutting off second line of text. Rare.

[Book #54954]       Price: $1,500.00
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BURNT PEARLS: Ghetto Poems. Abraham Sutzkever. BURNT PEARLS: Ghetto Poems.
(Oakville, Ontario): Mosaic Press / Valley Editions, (1981). First Canadian edition and the first and only English-language edition. Translated from the Yiddish by Seymour Mayne. Introduction by Ruth R. Wisse. Frontis sketch of the author by Susan Katz. This copy INSCRIBED BY THE TRANSLATOR, "For Howard Schwartz, under the wings of the muse, Seymour Mayne, Chanukah 5742." Abraham Sutzkever (1913-2010) was awarded the Israel Prize for Yiddish literature in 1985 and his poems have been translated into 30 languages. In 1984, Arthur A. Cohen, writing for The New York Times proclaimed him "the greatest poet of the Holocaust." In 1941, Sutzkever and his wife, Freydke, were sent to the Vilna Ghetto where they were ordered by the Nazis to hand over important Jewish manuscripts and artworks. Sutzkever and his friends hid a diary by Theodor Herzl, drawings by Marc Chagall and Alexander Bogen, and other treasured works behind plaster and brick walls in the ghetto. His mother and newborn son were subsequently murdered by the Nazis. Sutzkever and his wife later escaped, and he fought the occupying forces as a partisan. In July 1943, Sutzkever gave a fellow partisan a notebook of his poems, which reached the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Moscow, where he later fled the war. According to Wisse, Sutzkever "was one of a tiny percentage of creative artists who lived through and survived the devastation [of WWII].....The works of those years, written not in retrospect, and not at a distance, but during the daily wretchedness of ghetto life and under constant threat of death, constitute an exceptional instance in the history of art." Gray paperwraps printed in black and pink. Near fine. Although not indicated as such in the book, this copy is from the collection of poet, short story writer, and Faulkner scholar Louis Daniel Brodsky. "The greatest poet of the Holocaust"

[Book #54252]       Price: $150.00
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POEMS & BALLADS: First Series. Algernon Charles Swinburne. POEMS & BALLADS: First Series.
Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1904. First of this limited edition. One of 450 copies on Van Gelder hand-made paper. Originally published in 1866, this critically-acclaimed poetry was considered lustful and scandalous at the time. Tissue-protected frontispiece portait from the original by his friend D. G. Rosetti. Green silk-ribbon bookmark has lightly offset at p.185, front inner hinge just starting, slight crease and darkening at heel of spine, otherwise bright and near fine in somewhat darkened dust jacket, which is split at spine but still holding, with loss at head of spine not affecting lettering, and at top corners of the unprinted front and rear panels. Housed in original, light-blue slipcase which is tanned, with the edges a bit rough, but paper label still bright. Scarce in jacket and slipcase.

[Book #48829]       Price: $250.00
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A DOG OF WAR. John Taylor. A DOG OF WAR.
London: Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald, 1927. First thus. Originally published circa 1628. Number 225 of 375 copies. Includes hand-coloured engravings on wood by Hester Sainbury. Orange buckram spine and orange paper boards with gold lettering on spine. The book has the barest rubbing on edges but is otherwise fine. In dustwrapper a little darkened on top inch of front panel and spine, and with minute chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #36809]       Price: $100.00
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THE DEATH OF CENONE, AKBAR'S DREAM: And Other Poems. Alfred Lord Tennyson. THE DEATH OF CENONE, AKBAR'S DREAM: And Other Poems.
London and New York: Macmillian and Co. 1892. Two volumes. First UK edition and first U.S. edition. Cloth edges show minor wear on corners and spine ends, previous owner's bookplate in UK. Otherwise both are very good condition.

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IN COUNTRY SLEEP: and Other Poems. Dylan Thomas. IN COUNTRY SLEEP: and Other Poems.
(New York): New Directions, (1952). First edition. A slim volume but still one of his best collections. Includes the title poem; "Over Sir John Hill"; "Poem On His Birthday"; "Lament"; "In the White Giant's Thigh"; and perhaps his most famous poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." Near fine lacking the dust jacket.

[Book #54938]       Price: $75.00
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THE WORKS OF FRANCIS THOMPSON. Francis Thompson. THE WORKS OF FRANCIS THOMPSON.
London: Burns & Oates Ltd. (1913). First edition. Three volume set of his poems (first two volumes) and prose. All three volumes have some foxing (mostly to endpapers) and a small bookstore sticker on front pastedown, otherwise they are bright and about near fine in dust jackets. All three dust jackets have tanned spines and edge chipping, especially to spine ends, with some spine lettering affected. Still, an attractive set that is scarce in dust jackets.

[Book #32940]       Price: $175.00
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NOTHING TO SAY: A Slight Slap at Mobocratic Snobbery, Which has "Nothing to Do" with "Nothing to Wear" Mortimer N. as Q. K. Philander Doesticks Thomson. NOTHING TO SAY: A Slight Slap at Mobocratic Snobbery, Which has "Nothing to Do" with "Nothing to Wear".
New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1857. First edition. An answer in verse to the mocking of the rich in the (then) recently published satirical poem, "Nothing to Wear," pointing out the generousity and charity of many in the upper classes. 16mo brown cloth boards elaborately blind stamped on covers and lettered and with gilt decoration on front. Ad leaf tipped to front free endpaper; illustrations and frontis tipped in. Scattered foxing, tipped in leaves darkened, covers show moderate staining and spine ends softened and rubbed, otherwise about very good.

[Book #38174]       Price: $50.00
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