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Literary Firsts & Poetry

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I am a full-time bookseller specializing in literary firsts, especially poetry, important fiction, fine printing and publishing ephemera; with a particular interest in signed/inscribed books, association copies, books by and about Vladimir Nabokov, and advanced and uncorrected proof copies.

All domestic orders are shipped free of charge. Overseas shipped at approximate cost. You can usually reach me by phone during the day, from 8 to 8 ET. I enjoy talking directly with my customers, and am happy to answer questions by phone or email. Although I do not have an open shop, customers are very welcome by appointment.

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Featured Items


THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU

THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU
Stanford, Frank
Price: US $950.00
Lost Roads/Mill Mountain, Fayetteville

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Photographic wrappers, red lettering; thick 8vo. A 542 page epic, begun by the poet when he was a teenager, by the founder along with C. D. Wright of ... Details





The Loose Box

The Loose Box
Heaney, Seamus
Price: US $450.00
Parnassus, New York

Book Condition: As new
Edition: First edition

Single folio sheet folded twice to form four printed pages. One 19 copies signed the colophon in the poet's hand: "8/19 Artists copies Seamus ... Details





FIASCO HALL

FIASCO HALL
Hawkes, John (as J. C. B. Hawkes Jr.)
Price: US $2500.00
Privately Printed, Cambridge, Ma

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Card covers stapled into blue wrappers; small 4to. 14 pp. First edition of the author's scarce first book, one of only approximately 100 printed (... Details





FOUR DIALOGUES

FOUR DIALOGUES
O'Hara, Frank; Ned Rorem
Price: US $150.00
Boosey & Hawkes, New York

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Stapled covers; 4to. 63 pp. Joe Brainard cover illustration. Music by Rorem and words by O'Hara. A song cycle published shortly after O'Hara&#... Details





 THE FUNNY PLACE

THE FUNNY PLACE
Snow, Richard
Price: US $45.00
Adventures in Poetry, New York

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Mimeograph, side-stapled; 4to. Cover illustration by Red Grooms. Long narrative poem about George Tilyou and his Steeplechase Park at Coney Island. Ab... Details





THE PLEASURES OF POETRY
Koch, Kenneth
Price: US $150.00
Grove Press, New York

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Blue cloth in dust jacket; small 8vo. 111 pp. Inscribed by the poet to "Bill and Mary Ann/ with Love/ and Merry Christmas [and signed] Kenneth & J... Details





DEATHS AND ENTRANCES

DEATHS AND ENTRANCES
Thomas, Dylan
Price: US $650.00
Dent, London

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Orange cloth in dust jacket; 1small 12mo. 66 pages. One of 3000 copies printed; a very small volume containing many of the poet's finest poems. A ... Details





POEMS

POEMS
Auden, W. H.
Price: US $500.00
Privately Printed, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First Thus

Facsimile of Auden's first book in green printed folder, created for the Ilkley Literary Festival. A special copy: inscribed: To Gabriel [Carritt)... Details





HISTORY OF DESIRE

HISTORY OF DESIRE
Hoagland, Tony
Price: US $550.00
Moon Pony Press, Tucson

Book Condition: Good +
Edition: First edition

Tall illustrated wrappers; 27 pp. A chapbook including the title poem from the poet's first regularly published book Sweet Ruin, not published unt... Details





JOHN MARTIN'S BOOK

JOHN MARTIN'S BOOK
Wilbur, Richard; Helen Waldo & John Martin (editors)
Price: US $350.00
John Martin's House, New York

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Illustrated wrappers; 4to. A handsomely produced magazine for children aged 5-8, which lasted for somewhat over 20 years, and had some distinguished c... Details





SPRING AND ALL

SPRING AND ALL
Williams, William Carlos
Price: US $2750.00
Contact Publishing Co., [Paris]

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Blue paper wrappers lettered in black; small 8vo. 93 pages. A scarce book, one of 300 printed though the bibliographer notes "many of these may no... Details