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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.



White Buildings
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White Buildings

by CRANE, Hart

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Gloucester City, New Jersey
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US$75,000.00

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New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition, second issue. Foreword by Allen Tate. Near fine in near fine dustwrapper. Hart Crane's own copy of his first book, with his later ownership Signature: "Hart Crane, Aug. '31" and his bookplate on the front pastedown. Apparently Hart Crane's mother either gave away or sold some of his bookplates shortly after his death to Crane's good friend, the bookseller Samuel Loveman, thus resulting in occasional "association copies" surfacing. However, all of the books that we have seen Signed by him (with the exception of the signed and limited edition of *The Bridge*) were from his personal library.
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US$75,000.00
THE POEMS OF ROBERT FROST with AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM

THE POEMS OF ROBERT FROST with AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM

by FROST, Robert

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good in a Very Good dustwrapper
Binding
Hardcover
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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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US$8,125.00

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New York: Modern Library, (1946). Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good dustwrapper. Reprint of this popular collection which features Frost's essay on poetry, "The Constant Symbol," as an introduction. This copy has been SIGNED by the author and INSCRIBED to minor poet and folklorist Addison Barker with the complete eight-line poem "The Pasture," the first poem in the book, in the poet's hand on the page opposite the title page. The recipient's signature is on the front endpaper above a pasted newspaper photograph of Frost, and Barker has noted on the title page the date Frost wrote the poem in the book: 25 January 1950. Barker has an interesting connection to Frost in that in 1951 he published the discovery of the very first appearance in print (BLUM'S FARMER'S AND PLANTER'S ALMANAC FOR 1850) of the proverb "Good fences make good neighbors." Barker tried to find an earlier, New England appearance before publication in the North Carolina almanac but was unsuccessful. There were previous variants on… Read More
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US$8,125.00
Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

by WHITMAN, Walt

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Condition
Used
Edition
FIRST EDITION, First issue
Seller
Sherman Oaks, California
Item Price
US$125,000.00

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New York, 1855. FIRST EDITION, First issue. Half morocco on marbled boards with original front cover bound inside (at the back).
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US$125,000.00
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St. Agnes, And Other Poems (First Edition, 1820, With Half Title And...

Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St. Agnes, And Other Poems (First Edition, 1820, With Half Title And Near Fine Spine Label Bound In Riviere Binding)

by Keats, John [Bookplate Of Maurice Baring]

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Pasadena, California
Item Price
US$12,500.00

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London: Taylor And Hessey, 1820. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. [200] Pp. First Edition, Half Title Present, Original Paper Spine Label Bound In. Keats' Last Book, Of Modest Success When Published, Later Found To Have Some Of The Finest Poems In The English Language. When Shelley's Body Was Recovered In The Roads Of Viareggio (Not The Gulf Of Spezia) In 1822, Identification Was Made Possible By Two Books He Carried In His Pocket, A Sophocles, And A Copy Of "Lamia" Doubled Back At "The Eve Of St. Agnes". Binding By Riviere, In Late 19Th Or Early 20Th Century Full Calf, Five Bands, Gilt In All Compartments, Gilt Rules On Boards With Small Devices At Corners. Binding Re-Backed Preserving The Riviere Spine, Boards And Green Endpapers.17.2 X 10.7 Cm [The Uncut Leaves Were 7" X 4", Thus These Leaves Trimmed At Top And Bottom, Presumably When Bound]. Complete, Including The Half Title, And The "Advertisement" Leaf After The Title Page.… Read More
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US$12,500.00
LAND OF UNLIKENESS Inscribed to Randall Jarrell

LAND OF UNLIKENESS Inscribed to Randall Jarrell

by LOWELL, Robert

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Small ink date of 1944 at the bottom right corner of the title page, likely in Jarrell's hand. Mild sunning to the spine which h
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Item Price
US$12,500.00

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(Cummington, MA): Cummington Press, 1944. First Edition. Hardcover. Small ink date of 1944 at the bottom right corner of the title page, likely in Jarrell's hand. Mild sunning to the spine which has a small, neat repair at the head; lacking the plain tissue dustwrapper. Near Fine in a Fine box. Publisher's blue boards stamped in orange, title page printed in red and black with woodcut in blue by Gustav Wolf. Housed in a half blue morocco leather slipcase. Introduction by Allen Tate. Lowell's scarce first book, limited to a total of 250 copies printed. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper to poet Randall Jarrell: "For Randall/with affection and admiration/and no apologies for dogma,/Cal." Lowell was nicknamed Caligula at preparatory school, and the diminutive "Cal" stuck with him throughout his life. Lowell and Jarrell met at Kenyon College, where they were roommates, and became lifelong friends, each providing valuable criticism of the other's work. In 1965, Lowell eulogized… Read More
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US$12,500.00
The Raven and Other Poems
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The Raven and Other Poems

by Poe, Edgar Allan

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Condition
Used
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Brooklyn, New York
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US$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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US$12,500.00
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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US$80,992.50

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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.
Petrarch composed,… Read More
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US$80,992.50
Les Fleurs du mal
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Les Fleurs du mal

by BAUDELAIRE Charles

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  • Fine
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
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US$211,120.45

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Paris: Poulet-Malassis & De Broise, 1857. Fine. Poulet-Malassis & De Broise, Paris 1857, 12,1x18,8cm, relié sous étui. - Édition originale, imprimée sur vélin d'Angoulême, avec les coquilles habituelles et comportant les six poèmes condamnés, un des quelques exemplaires remis à l'auteur et «?destinés à des amis qui ne rendent pas de services littéraires?». Reliure en plein maroquin émeraude, dos janséniste à quatre nerfs, contreplats doublés de maroquin grenat encadrés d'un filet doré, gardes de soie dorée brochée à motifs de fleurs stylisées japonisantes, les suivantes en papier à la cuve, couvertures dite de troisième état (comportant deux restaurations marginales au second plat) et dos conservés, toutes tranches dorées sur témoins, étui bordé de maroquin. Reliure signée de Marius Michel. Précieux exemplaire enrichi d'un envoi autographe signé de l'auteur au crayon sur la page de faux-titre?: «?à M. Tenré fils, souvenir de bonne… Read More
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US$211,120.45
First draft, unpublished manuscript with multiple corrections for Le Voyageur, one of the most...

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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume (1880-1918)
First draft manuscript for the poem "Le Voyageur", from the poem collection Alcools
N.p.n.d [c. 1909-1910], 2 p. in-4to, black ink, multiple corrections.
Fold marks, very slight missing bit on top right corner without affecting the text, some small tears on left hand margin.
First draft, unpublished manuscript with multiple corrections for "Le Voyageur", one of the most beautiful and important poems of the Alcools
collection.
Apollinaire has drawn, amongst various sketches of animals, a superb cubist portrait representing two sailors.
The oldest and only manuscript of this poem still in private hands.
This document contains two poems or draft poems.
The poem, on the verso, is the declension of twenty-seven verses that develop the adventures of two sailors, verses that constitute the heart of the famous poem "Le Voyageur", first published in the journal Les Soirées de Paris (1912), then in Alcools (1913).
On the front side are six verses that seem… Read More
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US$48,595.50
Virgil, Publius. (b. BC 70) The Works of Virgil: Containing his Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis....
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Virgil, Publius. (b. BC 70) The Works of Virgil: Containing his Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. Translated into English verse; by Mr. Dryden.  

by John Dryden

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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US$11,500.00

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Virgil, Publius. (b. BC 70) The Works of Virgil: Containing his Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. Translated into English verse; by Mr. Dryden. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1697. Large Folio, 423 x 265. First edition. 640pp One hundred and three full paged engraved illustrations. This is a large paper copy excepting for the first few pages exceptionally white and crisp. Complete with full introduction to Lord Clifford and large plate of Virgil at the Senate. Contains the Life of Virgil, and an extensive dedication section to Montrose, later. Some browning to the pages somewhat affecting the text and images but this phenomena correspond to other copies. A rare work that includes the subscriber list for this Royal Folio First Edition. Tastefully restored, retaining original leather, except at spine. A complete edition.
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US$11,500.00
[Agriculture in octaves] Operetta delle Semente. Nella quale insegna quando si debbe seminare et...
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4° (mm 192x140); ll. (6). Title with large woodcut vignette; another large woodcut vignette to title and head of de' Crescenzi section. Binding of 20th century - signed "Wheeler" - in olive green morocco, gilt. A nice, unsophisticated copy.Extremely rare edition, exquisitely popular, which combines poetic entertainment with the purpose of a peasant almanac, describing when to sow and when to transpose, and from month to month how to do the recollections. It includes a list of tasks for each month taken from Pietro de' Crescenzi (Bologna, 1233 – 1320).After the octaves of the Operetta - Incipit: "Chi si diletta nuove cose udire / sempre levato tien l'occhio e la mente" -the booklet hosts:c. A2v: Operetta piaceuole di tre panieri di frutte - with grapes "lugliola […], moscadella, pisana e la vernaccia, zibibbo, razzese e corso, greco, trebbiano e malvagìa fine, […] canaiuola, galletta e passerine, sancolombane e zappolino et martinacce e lonze e le caprine", figs, pears, apples, etc. - per… Read More
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US$8,099.25
Poems by J.D. with elegies on the authors death
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Poems by J.D. with elegies on the authors death

by [DONNE, John]

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
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Holt, Norfolk
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US$31,242.50

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London: Printed by M[iles].F[lesher]. for Iohn Marriot 1633, 1633. First edition. Small 4to. 190x140mm. pp. [12], 406. Attractively bound by Ramage in maroon full morocco. Triple filet border in gilt and blind with frame also in gilt and blind with gilt fleurons at the corners. Spine has five raised bands with double filet in gilt. Compartments with single filet border and fleuron, second and third compartment lettered in gilt. Doublures decorated in gilt filets and fleurons. Vellum endpapers. Spine slightly faded but overall a very smart binding. Slight soiling to F1 and small tear to head of Oo4, not affecting the text, otherwise near fine internally. Lacking final blank. The Printer to the Understanders (A1 and A2) and Infinitati Sacrum (A3 and A4) bound after title page and NnI is cancellandum, with running titles but omitting last 2 lines of text, which instead appear on the verso. Although attempts are made to ascribe "states" or "editions" to these variations, Keynes felt that such efforts… Read More
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US$31,242.50
Poems
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Poems

by KEATS, John

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
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Holt, Norfolk
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US$28,118.25

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London: C&J Ollier 1817, 1817. First edition. 8vo in 4s. (158x97mm). pp. [6], 121. Contemporary half calf, marbled paper covered boards, recently and expertly repaired by Aquarius, rebacked to style with gilt floral decoration and red label lettered in gilt. Original binder's ticket of G.Cannon of Great Marlow on front pastedown. Tiny chip to fore-edge of title page and dedication leaf (A3-4) and small repaired closed tear to B1 which has also been slightly cropped but otherwise internally very good. A handsome copy of a Keats's first book. Verso of the front free endpaper is inscribed A.M.B from H.H.M.B., June 29th 1897, Great Malvern. These are the brothers Arthur Middlemore Bartleet and Hubert Humphrey Middlemore Bartleet. Hubert was vicar of Great Malvern. His son Robert befriended Evelyn Waugh when Waugh was living in Malvern learning to ride at Captain Hance's Riding Academy and getting to know the Lygons at Madresfield. Robert had contributed accomplished drawings to… Read More
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US$28,118.25
Michael Robartes and the Dancer [Including The Second Coming, Easter, 1916, and A Prayer for My...
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Michael Robartes and the Dancer [Including "The Second Coming," "Easter, 1916," and "A Prayer for My Daughter"]

by Yeats, William Butler

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Octavo. Original blue paper boards with buff linen spine. All edges untrimmed. In the original plain tan dust jacket, preserved
Edition
First edition, first printing. One of only 400 printed
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
Item Price
US$8,250.00

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Churchtown, Dundrum: Cuala Press, 1920. First edition, first printing. One of only 400 printed. Octavo. Original blue paper boards with buff linen spine. All edges untrimmed. In the original plain tan dust jacket, preserved in glassine wrap, with chipping to dust jacket (particularly to spine). Preserved in a custom clamshell box. A brilliant first printing of this monumental work in the exceedingly rare original dust jacket.. A remarkably bright first printing-in the scarce original dust jacket-of one of W.B. Yeats's (1865-1939) most important poetry collections. One of only 400 printed. Michael Robartes and the Dancer includes the first book printing of some of Yeats's most famous poems, including "The Second Coming," "Easter, 1916," and "A Prayer for My Daughter." The book was printed and published by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, and, according to its colophon, was completed on All Soul's Day (November 1st) 1920-although Wade (a Yeats editor and bibliographer) claims the book was not… Read More
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US$8,250.00
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. And other Verses
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THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. And other Verses

by PATERSON. A. B. (Banjo)

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
US$8,123.05

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Angus and Robertson. Sydney. 1895. FIRST EDITION, first printing. 8vo. (7.2 x 5.3 inches). xvi, 184pp. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR; 'With Best wishes, A. B. Paterson', on the half title page. Previous owner name, W. H. Mant, dated 21/10/95 (4 days after publication), on the front blank free endpaper. --- William Hall Mant (1869 - 1911), was a lawyer and close friend of Paterson's, working as a Crown prosecutor in Sydney in the 1890's. Paterson was Godfather to Mant's first born son John Francis Mant (1897 - 1985). This copy has been passed down through generations of the Mant family and now comes to the market for the first time. ---- Original brick red cloth binding with gilt lettering to the spine. There is a closed split, without loss, to the cloth at the bottom third of the front hinge and some rubbing and fading to the boards, but the gilt on the spine is still bright and vibrant. Front inner hinge cracked and the book is a little loose in the binding. Endpapers are browned, very likely as a… Read More
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US$8,123.05