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  • If It Would All Please Hurry by Tate, James. Etchings and engravings by Stephen Riley
    Tate, James. Etchings and engravings by Stephen Riley
    If It Would All Please Hurry

    First Edition

    Amherst: Shanachie Press. Printed at Oxbow Press, 1980. Loose sheets laid into a clam-shell box. 10 engravings , six are full-page with tissue guards. A beautiful production. ISBN: 281AIB1048129.

    Signed by the author and illustrator on colophon page. Limited edition, #XXIII/XXV. First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine box with paper label on front.

    Book ID: 263093
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  • In the Cemetery High Above Shillington: A Poem by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    In the Cemetery High Above Shillington: A Poem

    First Edition

    Concord, NH: William B. Ewert, 1995. [10] pages. Relief Engravings by Barry Moser printed directly from blocks. Limited to an edition of 150 copies signed by both Updike and Moser. This is one of 50 printed on Rives lightweight paper and handcased in boards. ISBN: B003XEROOK.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    Book ID: 209552
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  • Fertilizing the Continent by Oates, Joyce Carol
    Oates, Joyce Carol
    Fertilizing the Continent

    Northridge: The Santa Susana Press, 1976. 5-3/4 by 8 inches. A short poem, printed on a single page. Published in an edition of only 12 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1041635.

    Marbled paper over boards with blue cloth spine with gold lettering. A touch of wear to the spine corners else a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed and dated by Oates on the title page. An unnumbered copy. This was publisher Herb Yellin's copy and is marked "Presentation Copy" on the colophon page.

    Book ID: 209408
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  • Original Poems, and a Play by Nooth, Charlotte
    Nooth, Charlotte
    Original Poems, and a Play

    First Edition

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1815. [iv], 156, [15] pages of subscribers, errata, and a terminal blank leaf. The play is Clara; or, The Nuns of Charity: A Tragic Play, in Five Acts. The poems include a section of Irish Ballads, "in the dialect spoken by the lower classes of people in the northern parts of Ireland." If you believe the Internet, Nooth was an Irish poet. This is most likely incorrect--she is probably the daughter of James and Elizabeth Nooth, born April 15, 1788, in England. As a young woman, she had some success as a writer, publishing this book and a novel the following year. Some of her poems were published in French translation. Lady Shelley (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley?) was one of the subscribers to this book. ISBN: 281AIB1030028.

    First edition (first printing). A very good or better copy in the original publisher's boards. Spine label chipped, affecting the word Poems. Despite the large number of subscribers, an uncommon book. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 136685
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  • Love & Fame by Berryman, John
    Berryman, John
    Love & Fame

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970. 96 pages. One of a limited edition of 250 copies. All edges gilt with marbled endpapers. ISBN: 281AIB1034524.

    First edition (first printing). Black ink on spine a bit worn, thus near fine; in the publisher's original acetate dust jacket with a crease down the rear cover, thus near fine. Signed by the author on the limitation pages. This copy unnumbered. Minor wear to slipcase.

    Book ID: 158624
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  • A Boy's Will by Frost, Robert
    Frost, Robert
    A Boy's Will

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. 63 pages. About 5-1/4 by 7-8/4 inches. The first book of poetry by the 4-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. ISBN: B000J50OJ8.

    Second printing, with "and" corrected on page 14. White endpapers. A very good copy. Light bump to one corner wear to spine ends. Spine gilt darkened. Light spotting on title page. No dust jacket. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 162854
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  • Spoor: volume one, number one by Cain, Edward
    Cain, Edward
    Spoor: volume one, number one

    First Edition

    Aberdeen, Washington: Ten Crow Press, 1980. Contains 12 poems, 4 signed monotypes by Cain, 14 woodcut or lino-cut illustrations. In addition to Cain's work there is a poem by William Brown from 'The Way to the Uncle Sam Hotel.' The work is letterpress printed on domestic etching paper and hand-sewn into lenox covers. Oblong 13 x 10 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1048716.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in white decorated sewn wrappers (paperback). Slight scuffing on rear from sliding in and out of envelope. In original cardboard mailing envelope from the Ten Crow Press.

    Book ID: 263945
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  • Rhymes By Two Friends by Paine, Albert Bigelow and William Allen White
    Paine, Albert Bigelow and William Allen White
    Rhymes By Two Friends

    First Edition

    Fort Scott, KS: M. L. Izor & Son, 1893. 230 pages. One of 500 copies. ISBN: B006OCW3FS.

    First edition (first printing). Light wear to spine ends, else a near fine copy. Inscribed by Paine in 1894.

    Book ID: 94516
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  • Cedarhome: Poems by Sutter, Barton; foreword by W. D. Snodgrass
    Sutter, Barton; foreword by W. D. Snodgrass
    Cedarhome: Poems

    First Edition

    Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1977. 37 pages. New Poets of America series, selected by Snodgrass. Sutter is a well-known Minnesota poet and this is his first book. One of 700 copies, 400 in wrappers, 300 in cloth. ISBN: 9780918526038.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy (some discoloration from glue on the verso of the endpapers) in a fine dust jacket. This is the most deluxe limitation, one of ten copies numbered with uppercase Roman numerals. This copy is signed on the title page by Sutter and at the end of the foreword by Snodgrass. Opposite the first poem, Sutter has handwritten the poem "How to Dream Up an Answer."

    Book ID: 95844
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  • Give Me Back My Rags by [Simic, Charles (translator)] Popa, Vasko
    [Simic, Charles (translator)] Popa, Vasko
    Give Me Back My Rags

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Trace Editions, 1985. 18 leaves (two blank), printed rectos (one side) only, except for a copyright statement on the back (verso) of the title leaf. Laid into a folding cover. Limited to 600 copies. Popa was a noted Serbian poet. Simic, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and grew up in Chicago. ISBN: B002SM315E.

    First edition (first printing). Fine sheets laid into a near fine folder with minor edgewear. This is one of 26 lettered copies signed by Simic and Popa, with a handwritten poem by Simic written out on a blank leaf. In this case, Simic has copied out and signed his 16-line poem, "Pyramids Are Towns / for Vasko" Your humble cataloguer made a half-hearted attempt to find this poem in one of Simic's published collections, but did not locate a printed version.

    Book ID: 96273
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  • Pins for Wings by Morgan, Emanuel (Bynner, Harold Witter)
    Morgan, Emanuel (Bynner, Harold Witter)
    Pins for Wings

    First Edition

    New York: The Sunrise Turn, Inc, 1920. 32 pages. Caricatures by Ivan Opffer and William Saphier. Morgan is the pen name of Harold Witter Bynner. Limited edition, 1/2000. ISBN: 281AIB1031733.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in illustrated brown wrappers (paperback). Wrappers are chipped at edges.

    Book ID: 142985
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  • The Cemetery at Holy Cross (broadside) by Soto, Gary
    Soto, Gary
    The Cemetery at Holy Cross (broadside)

    First Edition

    N. Pl., (Fresno, California): Arte.Americas, 1989. Large broadside, 22 x 19.75 inches. printed in black ink. Illustration by F. John Sierra. Printed by Louie the Foot. ISBN: 281AIB1050021.

    Signed by the author at bottom of broadside. Limited edition, copy 'Z' of 26 lettered copies. First edition (first printing). Few spots of foixing.

    Book ID: 266194
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  • A Set by Irby, Kenneth
    Irby, Kenneth
    A Set

    First Edition

    Lawrence, Kansas: Tansy Press, 1983. Six sheets, 17.5 x 14 inches, title page, 4 pages of poems, limitation sheet. Irby (1936-2015) was professor of English at the University of Kansas. In November, 2011, a colloquium was held at the University in honor of his work and 75th birthday. ISBN: 281AIB1050128.

    Signed by the author on limitation page, #25/50 signed and numbered copies. First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in blue wrappers (paperback) with title, author and publisher in red ink. Slight creasing to cover and sheets.

    Book ID: 266378
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  • Spring Anti-War Games 1971 by Ginsberg, Allen
    Ginsberg, Allen
    Spring Anti-War Games 1971

    Washington, DC: (n.p.), 1971. Broadside poster, 11 by 17 inches. A poem published in the form of a poster for a May Day protest in Washington, DC, May 1 through 7, 1971. The first separate appearance of this poem, which ran in Quicksilver Times, March 17, 1971; it was later collected in Ginsberg Verbatim. Uncommon. Morgan, The Works of Allen Ginsberg, AA16. Two copies on OCLC (Northwestern, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). ISBN: 281AIB1014451.

    Printed with purple ink on light blue paper. Light, uneven toning, mostly at the top half; four horizontal creases from folding.

    Book ID: 66862
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  • Moods and Memories: Poems by Cawein, Madison
    Cawein, Madison
    Moods and Memories: Poems

    First Edition

    New York: G. P. Putnam, 1892. 310 pages. 4-1/4 by 6-1/2 inches. The sixth book by the Louisville, Kentucky poet (1865-1914). His 1913 poem Waste Land has been identified by scholars as an inspiration to T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. ISBN: 281AIB1048121.

    First edition (first printing). Green cloth stamped in gold with gilt top edge. A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Association copy; inscribed by the author to writer and poet James Whitcomb Riley with a poem of seven lines and the salutation "from his friend and brother-in-arms /Madison Cawein / May 12, 1892." BAL 2992.

    Book ID: 263088
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  • Caterpillar: A Magazine of the Leaf, A Gathering of the Tribes. Complete set Nos. 1-20 (in 17 volumes) by Eshleman, Clayton (editor)
    Eshleman, Clayton (editor)
    Caterpillar: A Magazine of the Leaf, A Gathering of the Tribes. Complete set Nos. 1-20 (in 17 volumes)

    First Edition

    New York and Sherman Oaks: Clayton Eshleman, 1967-1973. Issues 3/4. 8/9. 15/16 are issued together. Caterpillar provided considerable space, over the course of its twenty issues, for work by a wide range of younger writers and artists as well as many of those associated with its precursors, The Black Mountain Review and Origin. Says Eshleman: “I saw a poetry magazine as a granary of sorts, where writing could be stored until it was to be consumed or consummated in a book, a midpoint between its inception and its ultimate form.” Regular contributors included Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Margaret Randall, Cid Corman, Diane Wakoski, Robert Kelly, and Jerome Rothenberg. On the name of the magazine, Eshleman recalled, “That special word…

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    New York and Sherman Oaks: Clayton Eshleman, 1967-1973. Issues 3/4. 8/9. 15/16 are issued together. Caterpillar provided considerable space, over the course of its twenty issues, for work by a wide range of younger writers and artists as well as many of those associated with its precursors, The Black Mountain Review and Origin. Says Eshleman: “I saw a poetry magazine as a granary of sorts, where writing could be stored until it was to be consumed or consummated in a book, a midpoint between its inception and its ultimate form.” Regular contributors included Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Margaret Randall, Cid Corman, Diane Wakoski, Robert Kelly, and Jerome Rothenberg. On the name of the magazine, Eshleman recalled, “That special word was given me by Will Petersen on a Kyoto street corner in 1963, when he quoted Blake’s couplet, ‘The Caterpillar on the Leaf / Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief.’”. ISBN: 281AIB1048858.

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    First edition (first printing). Very good copies in illustrated wrappers (paperback). Mild surface soiling. Some spines are tanned.

    Book ID: 266451
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  • The Golden Whales of California and Other Rhymes in the American anguage by Lindsay, Vachel
    Lindsay, Vachel
    The Golden Whales of California and Other Rhymes in the American anguage

    First Edition

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920. 181 pages. ISBN: B009P83L0Y.

    First edition (first printing). Light edge wear and minor toning to endpapers thus a near fine copy in a scarce dust jacket with some loss to the spine ends affecting text at the foot, neat handwritten titles of author's other works on rear panel. Signed by the author on the title page and dated perhaps in a separate hand in the year of publication.

    Book ID: 262368
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  • Grenstone Poems: A Sequence by Bynner, Witter
    Bynner, Witter
    Grenstone Poems: A Sequence

    First Edition

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1917. 307 pages. 5-5/8 by 8-1/4 inches. With cover illustration and frontispiece by Spencer Baird Nichols. Bynner (1881-1968) was an American poet and playwright who moved with other writers and luminaries of his day, including D. H. Lawrence, Aldus Huxley, Ansel Adams, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and Kahlil Gibran. ISBN: 281AIB1046008.

    First edition (first printing). Black cloth with color illustration on front cover, and color frontispiece with tissue guard. Some edge wear thus a near fine copy in a dust jacket with several tears to the die-cut window that frames the cover illustration; tears are repaired on the verso with scotch tape. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Scarce in the jacket. A nice copy despite the condition issues.

    Book ID: 243503
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  • The Serpent in the Wilderness by Masters, Edgar Lee
    Masters, Edgar Lee
    The Serpent in the Wilderness

    First Edition

    New York: Sheldon Dick, 1933. 91 pages. 8-1/4 by 11-1/2 inches. Poems by the author of the Spoon River Anthology. Masters won the Robert Frost Medal issued by the Poetry Society of America in 1942. ISBN: B000FSOWD8.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a very good publisher's original glassine dust jacket has three very short tears at the corners. In a very good original box with paper label on cover, and worn edges including two closed tears. Signed by the author on the limitation page. One of 84 copies published with a manuscript page. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 123563
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  • Blooms of the Berry by Cawein, Madison J.
    Cawein, Madison J.
    Blooms of the Berry

    First Edition

    Louisville: John P. Morton and Company, 1887. 202 pages. Jillson Rare Kentucky Books p. 157. ISBN: 281AIB1050628.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in blue cloth with bright gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Decorated endpapers. Some browning beginning at page edges. Mild edge wear. Bottom spine edge rolled. No dust jacket. Scarce. WorldCat locates 1 copy.

    Book ID: 267281
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