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“ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST NOBLE AND SUBLIME POEMS WHICH EITHER THIS AGE OR NATION HAS PRODUCED”

MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. London, 1669.

First edition, fifth title page, of Milton's poetic masterpiece, his dramatic vision of Satan's expulsion from Heaven and the temptation of Adam and Eve. The excellent Macclesfield copy, with the arms of the Earls of Macclesfield in gilt on the front cover of the morocco binding by Hatton. "Rare" (Wickenheiser). $45,000.

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IMPORTANT SECOND APPEARANCE OF SHAKESPEARE’S COLLECTED POEMS, 1709, IN BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems. London, 1709.

Scarce first issue of the second appearance of a collection of Shakespeare's poems, preceded only by the very rare 1640 edition; this is the first collection to include "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," omitted in the 1640 edition. Splendidly bound by Riviere & Son in a Cosway binding with watercolor miniature portrait of Shakespeare—after the Droeshout portrait of 1622—inset into front cover, as well as a depiction of Venus and Adonis inset into the rear cover, both finely hand-painted on ivory by Miss C.B. Currie, one of the inventors of this style of binding, and protected by glass. $25,000.

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"MA FACE PERDUE TA FACE ÉPERDUE / ENSEMBLE FONDU INTIMES CONFONDUES…"

PICASSO, Pablo and CESAIRE, Aime. Corps Perdu. Paris, 1950.

Striking first edition of this powerful celebration of black pride, number 42 of only 177 copies (out of a total edition of 219 copies) on Velin de Montval and signed by poet Aime Cesaire and artist Pablo Picasso, featuring poetry by Cesaire and 32 beautiful illustrations by Picasso (one etching, one etching and rupoint, 10 aquatints, and 20 engravings with burin). $24,000.

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THE POETS OF AMERICA, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION OF AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL BOUND IN, INCLUDING AN INSCRIBED WHITMAN ENVELOPE

STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence. Poets of America. Cambridge, 1885. Two volumes extended to six.

First edition, number 84 of 150 large paper copies, extra-illustrated with many engraved portraits and an extraordinary collection of autograph material from 54 different authors bound in. Very handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by the Monastery Hill Bindery. $19,000.

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INSCRIBED BY DYLAN THOMAS TO U.S. POET LAUREATE STEPHEN SPENDER

THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-five Poems. London, 1936.

First edition, first printing, presentation copy of Dylan Thomas' second book of poetry, inscribed to prominent literary figure and United States Poet Laureate Stephen Spender: "Stephen Spender. Dylan Thomas." $17,500.

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"IN MEMORY OF THE MAD FEMALE NEIGHBOR OVER MINETTA'S"

GINSBERG, Allen. Howl. San Francisco, 1956.

First edition, first printing, one of only 1000 copies, of Ginsberg's definitive anthem of the Beat generation, inscribed on the title page to his longtime friend, Helen Elliott, a member of the New York literati and an ex-girlfriend of Lucien Carr, on of the dedicatees of the volume: "For Helen in memory of the mad female neighbor over Minettas—Alan." $17,500.

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“I HERE WITH PEN AND INK APPEND MY NAME”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. [Camden, New Jersey, 1889].

One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page, with six portraits of Whitman, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. This copy additionally inscribed by one of Whitman's literary executors, Richard Maurice Bucke, author of the first biography of Whitman. $16,000.

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"A FECUND CROP THINE ACRES YIELD, WHICH I GATHER IN A SONG"

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Poems. Boston, 1847.

First American edition, second issue, presentation copy, of Emerson's first collection of poems, inscribed in the year of publication to the adopted daughter of Abel Adams, one of Emerson's closest friends and most trusted advisors: "Abby L. Adams from R.W.C. 25 Dec. 1846." $16,000.

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“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1850. Two volumes.

Important and preferred second edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems, containing the first appearance of her famous love poems to her husband, Sonnets from the Portuguese, which did not appear in the 1844 first edition of Poems. A lovely copy. $15,000.

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“’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…”: PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY CLEMENT MOORE, OF THE RARE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF HIS POEMS, FEATURING THE FIRST APPEARANCE IN A BOOK BY HIM OF “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS”

MOORE, Clement C. Poems. New York, 1844.

Rare first edition, presentation copy, of the volume containing the first appearance in a book by Moore of his immortal poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas(pages 124-27), inscribed by Moore on the half title, “Mr. Miller, from the author. Dec. 1849. $15,000.

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