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CORRIDOR. Jonathan Aaron. CORRIDOR.
Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, (1992). First edition. His second collection of poems. INSCRIBED to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, "For Tony, with--poems, or no poems--Love [underlined], from Jonathan" beneath which is a sketch of a chair drawn by Aaron beneath which he has written "Chair, EOS Hotel, Zurich, 21.v.92." Fine in glossy, black, pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #53749]       Price: $200.00
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JAGUAR OF SWEET LAUGHTER: New & Selected Poems. Diane Ackerman. JAGUAR OF SWEET LAUGHTER: New & Selected Poems.
New York: Random House, (1991). First edition. INSCRIBED on bookplate affixed opposite the half-title page to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, "for Tony, In praise of his poems, and with all good wishes, Diane / 1991." Base of spine a little sunned, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket with just the barest wear to corners.

[Book #53728]       Price: $100.00
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NEW CONNECTICUT: An Autobiographical Poem. A. Bronson Alcott. NEW CONNECTICUT: An Autobiographical Poem.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1887. First edition thus; revised and enlarged from the 1881, privately printed edition. Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) was the father of Louisa May, the author of LITTLE WOMEN. He was a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a major figure himself in transcendentalism who was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights. Spine ends frayed, light staining to lower rear board otherwise about very good.

[Book #42348]       Price: $125.00
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MID-AMERICAN CHANTS. Sherwood Anderson. MID-AMERICAN CHANTS.
New York and London: John Lane, 1918. First edition. An early book of poems. Near fine with light foxing to the endpapers and a touch of soiling to the cloth boards. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51535]       Price: $100.00
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THE ARMINARM ECOLOGUES; With the Hexercises (for the Heclogues): Pieces. W. Antony, , David Mus. THE ARMINARM ECOLOGUES; With the Hexercises (for the Heclogues): Pieces.
(La Quercia, Italy: John Van Sickle and Giulia Battaglia, 1971). First edition. Number 116 of 180 numbered copies. An additional 20 copies were printed on varying colored paper. THIS COPY INSCRIBED TO PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT, "For Anthony Hecht, with great esteem, this volume that provoked my life-long study of poetics in pastoral + epic + in poetic sequences, represented by its latest installment -- the accompanying pamphlet, 'Virgil vs....' vindicating [illegible]. John Van Sickle, New York, 01-12-13." Beneath which is pasted Van Sickle's personal stamp. The only accompanying pamphlet present is the prospectus, INSCRIBED "For AH--the original brochure--JVS." Large, quarto volume, nearly folio-sized, 9.25 x 12.75"; gray-brown paperwraps printed in black on front only. Slightly overhanging edges mildly worn with touch of loss to head of spine, still near fine. Scarce to rare signed. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54273]       Price: $200.00
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SELECTED POEMS. John Ashbery. SELECTED POEMS.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1967). First edition. Second state with "Now reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press. c[opyright] 1959, 1962, 1957, and 1960 (respectively) by John Ashbery" pasted onto copyright page. According to the printer, there were 1000 copies total: 250 of the first state, 250 of the second state and 500 of the third state. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a tiny rub at lower front spine fold. A beautiful, bright copy.

[Book #35556]       Price: $120.00
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SOME TREES. John Ashbery. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       Price: $750.00
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A WAVE: Poems. John Ashbery. A WAVE: Poems.
New York: The Viking Press, (1984). First edition. INSCRIBED by prize-winning poet Ashbery to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife on title page, "for Tony and Helen with love, John Ashbery / May 23,1984." Spots of excess ink to fore-edges of last several leaves (appears to be a production error), otherwise crisp and fine in fine, wrap-around pictorial dust jacket with just one inconspicuous tear.

[Book #53732]       Price: $250.00
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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. John Ashbery, Hecht Booth, Wilbur, Warren, Merwin, Merrill, Hollander. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition and only edition of a set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies, but no indication herein. The other poets included are Louis Coxe, Eberhart, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Hoffman, Kunitz, John Nims, Nemerov, Schuyler, Strand, May Swenson, Mona Van Duyn, and David Waggoner About 9 x 14 inch, laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

[Book #53650]       Price: $3,000.00
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A CERTAIN WORLD: A Commonplace Book. W. H. Auden. A CERTAIN WORLD: A Commonplace Book.
New York: Viking Press, (1970). First edition. Quotations selected and with commentary by Auden; arranged in alphabetical sequence on topics ranging from "Accedie" to "Writing." Auden described this work as the closest he would ever come to writing an autobiography. It was, he wrote, "a map of my planet." Uncorrected proof in tall, narrow, somewhat soiled yellow paperwraps with partial glass ring on front cover, 3 inches of mostly clear tape at bottom of spine, fore-edge of the slightly over-hanging front cover understandably nicked, and final blank page partially glued to inside rear cover. Prospective publication date and price of "May 28, 1970" and "$8.95" written on front cover. Scarce in this format.

[Book #49554]       Price: $150.00
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EPISTLE TO A GODSON: and Other Poems. W. H. Auden. EPISTLE TO A GODSON: and Other Poems.
New York: Random House, (1972). First edition. Two-toned, lime-green boards. The book has lightly sunned spine and edges with two tiny nicks to bottom edges of boards where bruised. Printed dust jacket is barely rubbed along edges. A very good to near fine copy.

[Book #48398]       Price: $60.00
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NONES. W. H. Auden. NONES.
London: Faber & Faber, (1952). First UK edition. Small name on front endpaper, offsets near inner hinges and the barest wear on corners, otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with spine very slightly faded and one small closed tear. Very nice and bright.

[Book #36313]       Price: $125.00
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A LITTLE ANTHOLOGY OF SURREALIST POEMS. Paul Auster. A LITTLE ANTHOLOGY OF SURREALIST POEMS.
New York City: Siamese Banana Press, [1972]. First edition. Auster's first "book," an anthology of poems translated by him. Includes Breton, Elaud, Artaud, Aragon, Arp, et al. Cover by George Schneeman. 8 1/2 x 11-inches, in stapled wraps. SIGNED by Auster and with two black-and-white photos of Auster, each SIGNED on the verso, laid in. Very good in pictorial wraps with only minor aging. HIS FIRST "BOOK," SIGNED & WITH TWO SIGNED PHOTOS.

[Book #46023]       Price: $450.00
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THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse. Leonard Bacon. THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse.
New Haven: Privately Printed, 1909. First edition. PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET'S FIRST BOOK, written the year he graduated Yale University. INSCRIBED BY BACON, "Charles A. Bennett / ex dono auctoris [a gift of the author]." From the collection of cartoonist Claude Smith with his penciled ownership signature. Light blue paperwraps printed on front only; most pages unopened. Old damp stain along spine and with yapped (over-hanging) edges of the fragile paper covers chipped. Good at best but a scarce book, scacer still signed by Bacon.

[Book #51393]       Price: $125.00
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CALAMITERROR. George Barker. CALAMITERROR.
London: Faber & Faber, (1937). First edition. A book of poetry. INSCRIBED, "For Alan --- from George Barker," and (illegibly) dated. Fine in slightly soiled yellow price-clipped dust jacket.

[Book #43104]       Price: $60.00
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THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I. George Barker. THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I.
London: Faber & Faber, (1962). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page by the author in 1964. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket very lightly soiled on back cover and with one tiny closed tear.

[Book #43110]       Price: $60.00
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POEMS OF EXCHANGE. Willis Barnstone. POEMS OF EXCHANGE.
Athens: (No Publisher), 1951. First edition. With six poems translated from the Spanish of Antonio Machado. INSCRIBED by author on front endpaper with a rather lengthy note to a friend: "Dear Mr. and Mrs. --- You know , honestly, in spite of 2 1/2 years of silence, I'm sure of the same intimacy with you...." Very good minus in light green, printed paperwraps with spine and front cover tanned, covers lightly soiled and corners bumped; one-inch tear split at head of spine, and inside rear cover shows few spots of rubbing and residue suggesting a pasted-on mylar cover has been removed.

[Book #51392]       Price: $60.00
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THE FIVE-FOLD MESH. Ben Belitt. THE FIVE-FOLD MESH.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to Eda Lou Walton, "For Eda Lou, with my inexpressible gratitude for the best pieces in the book and the death of the Ice-Age. Affectionately, Ben." The printed dedication to the last section of the book, "IV: Many Cradles: Personal Legend," is "For E. L. W." -- presumably Walton. New York Times book review slip laid in with Walton's name pencilled on the back, and Walton's signature is on the front endpaper. Paperclip impression to top of review slip and first few pages, with a touch of rust offset to front pastedown. Altogether very good or better with unavoidable offset from the binding glue to the hinges. Walton, then a New York University professor and poet herself, was mistress and muse to Henry Roth, author of CALL IT SLEEP, and that book's dedicatee.

[Book #45577]       Price: $125.00
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WESTERN STAR. Stephen Vincent Benet. WESTERN STAR.
New York , Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1943). First edition. Fine in near fine, price-clipped, aged dust jacket, a little darkened on spine and with a small closed tear and very slight edgewear, and old tape reinforcements on verso in a few places.

[Book #41497]       Price: $60.00
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HIS THOUGHT MADE POCKETS & THE PLANE BUCKT. John Berryman. HIS THOUGHT MADE POCKETS & THE PLANE BUCKT.
Pawlet: Claude Fredericks, 1958. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies in sewn paperwraps. Fine in original mailing envelope. Scarce.

[Book #35661]       Price: $200.00
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NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES. John Betjeman. NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES.
London: John Murray, 1945. First edition. Light edge rubbing, names and dates on front free endpaper, some bubbling to pastedowns near hinges and light offset to free endpapers near hinges, otherwise very good or better in lightly soiled dust jacket with tanned spine, shallow chipping to spine ends (not affecting any lettering) and a few small closed edge tears. An attractive copy, despite the noted flaws.

[Book #34921]       Price: $125.00
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LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems. Lili Bita, Zaller. LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems.
(New York: Athens Printing Company), no-date. First edition. SIGNED with inscription in Greek on front endpaper. Text in Greek and five poems translated to English. Near fine in glossy, stapled paper wraps with light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #51668]       Price: $50.00
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COLLECTED POEMS: 1923-53. Louise Bogan. COLLECTED POEMS: 1923-53.
New York: Noonday Press, (1954). First edition. Errata slip laid in. Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with one small closed tear (with small tape repair on verso), light soiling and spine slightly tanned.

[Book #35634]       Price: $100.00
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THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. George H. Boker. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1882. First edition. Light edge rubbing and some wear to spine ends and tips, otherwise about fine in green cloth with gilt lettering bright. Typed poem by Boker, "Ad Criticam," on 4 x 7" paper laid in (previously published?). Scarce.

[Book #36436]       Price: $150.00
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AVAILABLE LIGHT. Philip Booth. AVAILABLE LIGHT.
New York: The Viking Press, (1976). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the endpaper to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife, "for Tony and Helen in joy of their being... with great affection and admiration for each. Philip 12 IV 76." Booth has also noted at the base of the half-title page, "Author's corrections: p. 24, p. 65," added a comma to p.24:9(up), and struck the last three asterisks from p.65. Fine in dust jacket with one tiny closed tear to back panel, otherwise fine.

[Book #53711]       Price: $150.00
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