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FIEND'S DELIGHT. Dod Grile, Ambrose Bierce. FIEND'S DELIGHT.
London: John Camden Hotten, [1873]. First edition of his first book. A collection of California stories written while he was in London and for which he was never paid (the publisher gave Bierce with a post-dated check and then died before it was due). In original purple-brown cloth with gilt vignettes on front cover and spine. Rubbing on corners and edges but still very good and scarcer in the London edition than the later American edition.

[Book #54289]       Price: $2,000.00
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POSITIVES. Thom Gunn, , Ander Gunn. POSITIVES.
Ander Gunn. London: Faber and Faber, (1966). First edition. Verses by Thom Gunn and photographs by Ander Gunn. Near fine in dust jacket.

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DANCING DAVID. Thom Gunn, illustrations, Dorothea Tanning. DANCING DAVID.
Kripplebush, New York: Nadja, (1995). First edition, limited issue. Illustrated with a wispy stream of red squiggled lines by Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), a painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet herself, whose work after 1960 was almost completely abstract (Wikipedia). NUMBER XVII (17) of 25 ROMAN-NUMERALED COPIES "reserved for the poet and the artist" and SIGNED BY GUNN AND TANNING. From a total edition of 126; there were an additional 75 copies in paperwraps and 26 bound in cloth. This copy ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY TANNING to prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht and wife, "Dear Tony, Here is another take on one of your heroes. It comes with my love to you and Helen. Dorothea." An attractive production, handset and letterpress printed; handsewn in mustard-colored paperwraps printed in blue and brown on front. Fine. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54267]       Price: $450.00
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DANCING DAVID. Thom Gunn, Dorothea Tanning. DANCING DAVID.
Kripplebush, New York: Nadja, (1995). First edition, limited issue. Illustrated with a wispy stream of red squiggled lines by Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), a painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet herself, whose work after 1960 was almost completely abstract (Wikipedia). NUMBER XXI [21] of 25 ROMAN-NUMERALED COPIES "reserved for the poet and the artist" and SIGNED BY GUNN AND TANNING. From a total edition of 126; there were an additional 75 copies in paperwraps and 26 bound in cloth. An attractive production, handset and letterpress printed; handsewn in mustard-colored paperwraps printed in blue and brown on front. Fine.

[Book #54270]       Price: $250.00
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MOLY. Thom Gunn. MOLY.
London: Faber and Faber, (1971). First edition. Fine in dust jacket. A very bright, clean copy.

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TOUCH. Thom Gunn. TOUCH.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Fine in dust jacket. A bright, attractive copy.

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BOOK FOR SENSEI. Jim Harrison. BOOK FOR SENSEI.
Pacifica: Big Bridge Press, 1990. First edition. One of 74 numbered copies. There were also 26 signed lettered copies. Poems by Harrison, Rothenberg, McClure, Whalen, Kyger, and Codrescu, with illustratations by Nancy Davis. Accordian-folded sheet attached to boards in back and front. In slipcase. Nice production and scarce. Signed by the artist.

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THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004. Seamus Heaney. THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004.
Dublin: Irish Writers Center, 2005. First edition. Number 8 of 250 SIGNED numbered copies. Includes two poems and an essay written by Seamus Heaney in memory of Milosz. Designed by Pawel Tryzno and printed partially on Zanders Zeta paper and partially on handwoven paper by the Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland. The book has stainless steel covers and comes in a prepared mixed-media wrap featuring a silkscreen collage of articles published in Polish newspapers in the days following Milosz's death. Housed in an elaborate, folding, black-cardstock case with dripping black-ink design on one edge and author's name in silver on front. There were another 50 copies in the special deluxe edition in an even more intricate housing. Fine. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.

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FIELD WORK. Seamus Heaney. FIELD WORK.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (1979). First U.S. edition A book of poems. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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POEMS 1965-1975: Death of a Naturalist; Door into the Dark; Wintering Out; North. Seamus Heaney. POEMS 1965-1975: Death of a Naturalist; Door into the Dark; Wintering Out; North.
New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, (1980). First edition. Includes his first four books. Minor mark to rear board, otherwise fine. Lacking dust jacket.

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AUBADE. Anthony Hecht. AUBADE.
[Colorado Springs]: The Press at Colorado College, 2004. First edition. Hecht's final published poem, an "aubade" -- a morning love song, traditionally "from a door or window to a sleeping woman," according to Wikipedia -- printed for Hecht's reading at Colorado College on October 14, 2004, just one week before his death on October 21, the day the poem appeared in the New York Review of Books. Oblong sheet, deckled on right edge only; 21 x 9.75", folded twice to make four pages and cover flap. Finely printed, at The Press at Colorado College which "is structured like an art laboratory" according to their website, in marbled blues and white above a crop of yellow and orange discs, reminiscent of night flowing into dawn (or perhaps vice versa). Fine. A MORNING LOVE SONG, HIS FINAL PUBLISHED POEM.

[Book #54272]       Price: $200.00
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THE SUBURB BY THE SEA New Poems. Robert Hillyer. THE SUBURB BY THE SEA New Poems.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. First edition. Warmly INSCRIBED by author on front endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with one small chip on the lower back panel.

[Book #45266]       Price: $60.00
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VOYAGE HOME. Sandra Hochman, Louise Bogan. VOYAGE HOME.
(Paris): Two Cities Editions, (1960). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on title page, "For Louise Bogan in admiration, Sandra Hochman (with great hopes of meeting you soon - as I have best regards from Claire Gall to give you when I return - in a few weeks- to New York!)." Pages slightly age darkened, minor edge rubbing and very light soiling, otherwise about near fine in blue-and-white, printed paperwraps. A nice association copy. Scarce.

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MANHATTAN PASTURES. Sandra Hochman. MANHATTAN PASTURES.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1963. First edition. Fine in price-clipped dustwapper which has a few foxed spots.

[Book #43118]       Price: $60.00
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DOROTHY Q: Together with a Ballad of the Boston Tea Party & Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle. Oliver Wendell Holmes. DOROTHY Q: Together with a Ballad of the Boston Tea Party & Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle.
Howard Pyle. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1893. First edition. With Illustrations by Howard Pyle. Second issue with "clashed" (versus "flashed"), p.50:8 [BAL 9042]. Ornate, silver-stamped lettering and design on dark, slate-green cloth; page top edges silver. Small crimp to top rear corner, otherwise fine. A lovely copy.

[Book #48241]       Price: $100.00
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THE IRON GATE: and Other Poems. Oliver Wendell Holmes. THE IRON GATE: and Other Poems.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1880. First edition. With "Chambered Nautilus" BOOKPLATE OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES to front pastedown. Small 8vo., gilt-stamped green silk boards; top edge gilt; endpapers with pink design. Spine ends and corners a little rubbed and frayed, small tear to cloth at rear spine gutter, Scattered foxing to endpapers and first and last few leaves; altogether very good or better.

[Book #54945]       Price: $125.00
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THE ONE-HOSS SHAY. Oliver Wendell Holmes. THE ONE-HOSS SHAY.
Pyle, Howard. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905. First edition thus; publisher notes "For this new edition [Howard] Pyle has practically redrawn in color his own original illustrations, with results that give the volume an additional charm." Name on endpaper, light rubbing to spine ends and tips, otherwise bright and fine with gilt lettering and design and page top edges gilt. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #49864]       Price: $150.00
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POEMS BY THOMAS HOOD: Illustrated Edition. Thomas Hood, W. M. Rossetti. POEMS BY THOMAS HOOD: Illustrated Edition.
New York: G. P. Putnam & Son, 1872. First edition thus: illustrated with new designs by American artists Felix Octavius Carr "F. O. C." Darley and Solomom "Sol" Eytinge, Jr. (also includes reproductions of the designs by Dore, Birket Foster, et al); and with an introduction, "A Critical Memoir," by W. M. Rossetti. Small quarto (7 x 9.5") full leather beveled boards with raised spine bands, gilt titling and brown stamped decoration and rule, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles and all edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece and extra engraved title page; 24 plates (most with tissue guards still present), 507 pages. Foxing to first and last blanks, touch of scattered light staining, otherwise near fine.

[Book #52520]       Price: $200.00
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HUMOROUS POEMS. Thomas Hood. HUMOROUS POEMS.
Charles E. Brock. London: Macmillan and Co. 1893. First trade edition, following a limited, large paper issue. Preface by Alfred Ainger and 130 illustrations by Charles E. Brock. Green cloth boards decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front and spine, all edges gilt. Boards visible at corners and few small spots along edges, spine ends frayed, frontis tissue darkened, faint foxing throughout, previous owner's name opposite half-title page. An attractive little book.

[Book #52646]       Price: $100.00
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IN THE COLD COUNTRY: Poems. Barbara Howes. IN THE COLD COUNTRY: Poems.
New York: Bonacio & Saul / Grove Press, 1954. First edition. Author's second book. Fine in near fine dust jacket with light crease to bottom corner front panel.

[Book #43115]       Price: $50.00
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BIRDS AND FLOWERS: And Other Country Things. Mary Howitt. BIRDS AND FLOWERS: And Other Country Things.
Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1843. Second U.S. edition. Bookplate of Major James Edwards Poore. Pictorial title page hand colored. Also a number of appropriate pencil illustrations added at beginnings of a few poems. Cover shows wear but the copy is still tight and good or better. EXTRA ILLUSTRATIONS.

[Book #39182]       Price: $100.00
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FOUR NEGRO POETS: In "The Pamphlet Poet" Series. Langston Hughes, Coutee Cullen, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay. FOUR NEGRO POETS: In "The Pamphlet Poet" Series.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1927). First edition. Selections from each poet's previous works; introduction by Alain Locke, "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance. Stapled selfwraps with cover serving as title page; 31 pages. Address on rear cover and one tiny tear, otherwise fine. Quite scarce.

[Book #54916]       Price: $200.00
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WODWO. Ted Hughes. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

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WOLFWATCHING. Ted Hughes. WOLFWATCHING.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1990). First U.S. edition. Uncorrected proof, fine in gray paperwraps with publisher's letter laid in.

[Book #30867]       Price: $60.00
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LEDA. Aldous Huxley. LEDA.
New York: George H. Doran Co. [no-date]. First U.S. edition, published in 1920. About very good with cover sunned and rubbed, light soiling and scattered foxing, name on first free endpaper.

[Book #29051]       Price: $50.00
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