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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





RIGHT IN THE TRAIL
Snyder, Gary
Price: US $250.00
Mad River Press, [Richmond, MA]

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Separate Printing

Poetry broadside printed in 3 colors on Rives 175 gram cream stock with original wood engravings by Michael McCurdy; 9 X 14 inches, one of 200 copies ... Details





SUNRISE IN SUBURBIA

SUNRISE IN SUBURBIA
Ashbery, John
Price: US $600.00
The Phoenix Book Shop, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Sewn card covers in decorated wrappers, with paper label; oblong 12mo. Letter B of 26 copies (of 126 total) signed by the author. Additionally inscrib... Details





"Smokey the Bear Sutra"

"Smokey the Bear Sutra"
Snyder, Gary
Price: US $250.00
self-published, n.p.

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First Thus

Broadside, yellow paper printed in black; 9 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches. Early issue measurements slightly larger than McNeil first issue. Distributed free an... Details





THE BLOOD OF ADONIS

THE BLOOD OF ADONIS
Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said); Samuel Hazo (trans.)
Price: US $650.00
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Red cloth in dust jacket; 8vo. Uncommon cloth issue of the Syrian-born poet's first book published in the US. Signed by Adonis on the title page. ... Details





ZINKY BOYS

ZINKY BOYS
Alexievich, Svetlana
Price: US $350.00
Norton, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Cloth-backed boards in dust jacket; 8vo. 197 pp. The first book published in the US by the Byelorussian Nobel Prize-winning author for 2015. A groundb... 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





BIM VOLUME THREE, NUMBER TWELVE

BIM VOLUME THREE, NUMBER TWELVE
Walcott, Derek
Price: US $275.00
The Young Men's Progressive Club, St. Michaels, Barbados

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Blue printed stapled wrappers; small 8vo. Pp. 273-360. Two poems by the precocious Derek Walcott "The Testament of Poverty" and "Letter to... Details