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Signed Poetry

Princeton, Contemporary Poetry Press, (2013). First published in 1980, this is a new edition, with a foreword by Carlos Fuentes. This copy is inscribed by the author to the Chinese poet Bei Dao: "For the great poet Bei Dao -- on a wonderful meeting and in memory of [?], Mahmoud Darwish, Ramallah and freedom and justice." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typescript copy of Hamod's poem "Sabra/Shatilla: In Sorrow," which does not appear in the collection. [#032647] $150
NY, Norton, (1994). Poetry and prose poems. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication: "For ___ ____-/ you are part of/ these stories &/ songs/ with ongoing/ love,/ Joy Harjo/ 12/94." Fine in a fine dust jacket (not price-clipped, as most of the jackets were), with a black & white photo of the author and her daughter laid in. [#025523] $80
Garden City, Doubleday, 1973. The wrappered issue. Inscribed by the author: "For Jim" [James Tate] in 1975. Additionally signed in full by Harper on the title page, and with Tate's signature ["Tate"] in pencil on the half title. Near fine in wrappers. [#033275] $50
(Providence), (Brown University), (1975). A profile of the poet, signed by him. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#001549] $20
Urbana, U. of Illinois Press, (1971). His second collection of poems. This is the hardcover issue, signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with slight wear near the spine base. [#000140] SOLD
(Pittsburgh), U. of Pittsburgh Press, (1972). The wrappered issue. Inscribed by the author: "For Jim" [James Tate] in 1975. Additionally signed in full by Harper on the title page, and with Tate's signature ["Tate"] in pencil on the half title. Near fine in wrappers. [#033274] $50
(Iowa City), (Scrivana), (2010). Poetry by Steven, with notes by his father, James. Inscribed by Jim Harris to Peter [Matthiessen]. Fine in wrappers. [#031926] $20
(Tulsa), (Cardinal Press), (1982). A collection of poetry, illustrated by Hauptman and with an introduction by Meridel LeSueur. Inscribed by the author to the poet Jay Wright: "Listen to this hiss and roar -- undulating fury of the dance." Only issued in wrappers; fine. [#014490] $25
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1989). Selected prose, 1978-1987. Signed by Heaney in May, 1990, and with the ownership signature of James Tate. Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association. [#033631] $250
Fremont, Sumac Press, (1972). The author's first book, a collection of poems. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author of a total hardcover edition of 126. Additionally inscribed by Heller to poet Cid Corman, whose accession notation is written at the bottom of the front endpaper: "For Cid/ I've tried to make the book/ justify its last three lines. I hope/ you enjoy, are moved, by some of this.../ with friendship, respect & love./ Mike." The last three lines of the book read: "for the otherness is beautiful/ and terror and delight/ in the same moment flood the heart." Cloth mottled; about very good in a near fine dust jacket, designed by Heller. A nice association. [#001572] $50
NY, Vanguard, (1974). Signed by the author and additionally inscribed to another poet and novelist: "To ___ ___, with/ admiration, and in/ friendship, and in/ love, all the rest of/ the way./ Bill Heyen/ Allendale, Mich./ 7/14/75." With the ownership signature of said poet on the front flyleaf. A nice association copy. Foredge stained; spine and board edges sunned; very good in a near fine dust jacket with dampstaining on verso. [#020275] $25
Lewiston, Confluence Press, (1977). A poetry chapbook, published in an edition of 300 copies. Inscribed by the author in 1978 to James and Lois Welch. Slight sunning to edges; near fine in self-wrappers. [#025535] $25
(Kalamazoo), Westigan Review Press, 1979. Poetry chapbook. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "With thanks for pointing out to me the mountains behind my house." Near fine in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Laid in is an additional photocopy of a typescript of a poem, "Tomales Bay, November 28, 1980," with one holograph correction. [#032481] $70
Santa Fe, Sunstone, (1977). A collection of poems from various ceremonies and rituals, compiled by a scholar of Southwestern Indian art and culture. Stapled wrappers, a fine copy, signed by the compiler. [#003761] $20
(n.p.), Lannan Foundation, 1995. Program for a reading sponsored by the Lannan Foundation on February 7, 1995. A single sheet, approximately 11" x 14", folded once to make four pages. The program contains one poem each by Hogan and Rose and is signed by both authors. A short bibliography of each author is also provided on the program. Hints of creasing; else fine. [#025552] $50
NY, Knopf, 1996. Later printing of the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1987. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1998. Near fine in wrappers. [#022938] $20
NY, Glenn Horowitz, 2001. One of 150 copies, this copy signed and additionally inscribed by the author "with all my love." Corner crease to the front flap; else fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#019688] $80
NY, Norton, (1975). Poems of the American West, by a Montana poet whose poetry was twice nominated for the National Book Award, and who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in two different genres -- fiction and poetry. Hugo also became editor of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series a few years after this book was published. This copy is inscribed by the author to a Native American poet: "Fellow poet, [?] and may all you love well remain/ Dick." Hugo's signature is uncommon. Homemade bookplate of recipient front flyleaf; dust jacket panels clipped and pasted to boards and front flap pasted to front pastedown; fine, such as it is. [#023439] $175
(Putney), Year of Dog Press, 1972. A very early Irving appearance, a poem, in one of 650 numbered copies of this attractively printed and bound anthology. This is Copy No. 83. Signed by printers and designers Georgia Gojmerac and Kelly Lee. Robert Bly also contributes, among many others. Fine in a fine dust jacket that is adhered to the rear board, possibly by design. [#032788] $150
Iowa City, Stone Wall Press, (1969). Johnson's first book, a poetry collection published in an edition of 260 copies. Although not issued as a signed limited edition, this copy is signed by Johnson (using two pens, apparently the first one was failing). Label removal abrasions to front endpages and sticker removal mark on front cover. Sunning to the edges and spine; a very good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Laid in is an announcement for a 2008 reading by Johnson and others, presumably the event where the signature was obtained. A scarce first book -- preceding his second by over a decade -- by a writer best known these days for his fiction, winning the National Book Award for his 2007 novel Tree of Smoke. [#029391] $650
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of her second collection of poetry. Jong's breakthrough novel, Fear of Flying, published the same year as this collection, redefined the parameters for acceptable commercial fiction in the wake of the newfound freedoms of the Sixties and the women's movement, so much so that its title became a byword, and a part of the vernacular of contemporary political discussion. Inscribed by the author. Fine in tall wrappers with review slip laid in. [#008584] $175
[NY], [Holt Rinehart Winston], 1975. A personalized advance copy of her third collection of poetry. Photocopied pages shot from an uncorrected proof copy, warmly inscribed by the author, and with one poem, "Advice to Myself After Losing My Wallet," crossed out, apparently by Jong. Together with an autograph note signed, on personal stationery, transmitting the sheets and thanking the recipient for some Nabokov books. All items fine in a torn, hand-addressed, postage due envelope. An interesting item from the author of the landmark novel Fear of Flying. [#015617] $250
Amherst, U. of Massachusetts Press, 1970. The softcover issue of this collection of poems, inscribed by the author to another poet in 1976. Fine in wrappers. [#011904] $60
Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, 1984. A collection of "Poems for Woman." Inscribed by Kizer to Pauline Kael in January, 1986: "For Pauline, a thin response to her fine fat new book! Love, Carolyn." Kael's Taking It All In had been published in 1984. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers of Kizer's book; fine. [#022730] SOLD
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1987). The first book, a collection of poetry in the Wesleyan New Poets series, by the author of the acclaimed memoirs, The Liars' Club and its sequels, and the recently published nonfiction, The Art of Memoir. This collection precedes her first memoir by eight years. This is the hardcover issue. Inscribed by the author to another writer in 1988: "For ___ -- with apologies for insults, memories of a lovely meal, & hopes for more." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with faint edge creasing to the rear panel. Uncommon in hardcover, especially signed and as an association copy. [#032298] $500
Middleton, Wesleyan University Press, (1980). The author's first book, poetry in the Wesleyan series, this being the hardcover issue. Warmly inscribed by the author to his then-wife, the poet Ai (although the address used is "darling"). Fine in a very good dust jacket. [#012867] $80
Cambridge, Pym-Randall, 1968. One of 600 copies in wrappers. Although not called for, this copy has been signed by the author. Near fine in wrappers. [#001615] SOLD
Cambridge, Pym-Randall, 1968. Of a total hardcover edition of 400 copies, this is one of 90 numbered copies signed by the author. Oblong quarto; boards bowed, else fine in a sunned, near fine dust jacket. [#001614] $20
Cambridge, Pym-Randall, (1967). Of a total edition of 126 copies in wrappers, this is copy "H" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Fine. [#001610] $35
Los Angeles, Black Sparrow, 1968. One of 250 numbered copies in wrappers signed by the author. Fine. [#001613] $20
Marvin, Blue Cloud Quarterly, 1982. A collection of poems. With a cover illustration by Rokwaho. Inscribed by the author to Joe and Carol [Bruchac]. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#025576] $80
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966. A review copy of the poet's first, and only, novel. Inscribed by the author in 1995. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny tear at the spine base. [#021576] $80
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1985. The second printing of the trade edition. Inscribed by the author in 1995, with a photograph of the author and the recipient laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#021597] $25
Concord, Ewert, 1982. A limited edition printing an essay that first appeared in New York University's events calendar, Pleasures in Learning. Number 117 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Kinnell. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#021588] SOLD
NY, Atheneum, 1961. The first book to be published in the U.S. by this Irish poet. Winner of the Irish Arts Council's Triennial Book Award. This is the issue in wrappers; there was also a simultaneous hardcover edition. A near fine copy, and signed by the author. [#008179] SOLD
Bloomington, Indiana U. Press, (1961). The first regularly published book, a collection of poems, by a writer whose work is strongly associated with the Pacific Northwest and who later won the Pulitzer Prize. This is cloth issue, and is inscribed by the author to Oscar (Williams) "with love" in 1963. Williams is best-known as an anthologist but began by writing poetry: he won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1921. A nice association copy of an important first collection. In addition to the inscription on the front flyleaf, Kizer has also added her contact information on the rear flyleaf. Fine in a near fine, spine-faded, price-clipped dust jacket. [#006460] $150
Boston, Little Brown, (1977). The issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author in 1979. Fine. James Wright, Richard Eberhart blurbs. [#001649] $20
NY, Exposition Press, (1969). A volume of vanity press poetry by Kelly, distinguished by a front cover blurb by Harper Lee, from a period of time when it was not uncommon for vanity publishers to simply warehouse their print runs for a predetermined length of time and then destroy them, with the majority of copies receiving distribution coming out of the author's allotment. For most vanity press works -- regardless of how many were originally printed -- the number of copies that ever made it into the marketplace probably averages in the low dozens. That fact, combined with the fact that Harper Lee has published so little other than To Kill a Mockingbird, makes this a rare occurrence in print by the author of one of the best-loved American novels of all time. This copy is inscribed by Kelly to Phoebe Lee "with fond best wishes." Kelly was a native of Excel, Alabama, less than 10 miles from Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Small spot to front cover; near fine in a mildly rubbed dust jacket with a tear at the upper spine fold. [#027232] $375
Highlands, Jonathan Williams, 1958. The "Author's Edition" of this early collection of poetry, her fourth book, printed as Jargon 19. One of 50 copies, of a total edition of 500. While this edition is called for to be signed by Levertov on the front flap of the dust jacket, this copy lacks its jacket and is instead inscribed by Levertov with "love" on the first blank. Fine in plain white wrappers. [#023539] $400
NY, Atheneum, 1974. A poetry collection that was only issued in softcover. Signed by the author in full on the title page and additionally inscribed to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife. Covers creased; spine lettering faded; very good in wrappers. [#032492] $400
(Santa Barbara), Unicorn Press, (1971). Poetry chapbook by this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who later became Poet Laureate of the U.S. One of 500 copies in wrappers, of a total edition of 750. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Foxed, musty; very good in wrappers and a very good dust jacket. [#032490] $350
NY, Atheneum, (1972). An early collection of poems, only issued in softcover. Signed by the author in full on the title page and additionally inscribed by Levine to Peter [Matthiessen] on the half title: "For my friend Peter -- one of the great spirits of this place. With thanks & love, Phil." Foxed and a bit creased; very good in wrappers. Levine's address has been added to his biographical statement, likely in Matthiessen's hand. [#032491] $450
(Santa Fe), Tooth of Time, 1982. Poetry and drawings; the author's first book. One of 750 copies in wrappers, the entire edition. Inscribed by the author to Joe [Bruchac]. Fine in wrappers. [#025593] $60
(Santa Fe), Tooth of Time, 1982. Poetry and drawings; the author's first book. One of 750 copies in wrappers, the entire edition. Inscribed by the author to editor and educator Gene Frumkin in the year of publication. Fine. [#025594] $40
Albuquerque, West End Press, (1992). Probably his most well-known collection of poems. Introduction by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Inscribed by the author to Joe [Bruchac] in the month of publication. Fine in wrappers with promotional flyer laid in. [#025601] $125
NY, Atheneum, 1978. Poetry, with illustrations by Robin Lawrie. Inscribed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#001676] $20
London, Gollancz, 1975. Signed and additionally inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#001673] SOLD
Baltimore, Penguin Books, (1967). Reissue of a volume first published in 1964 and featuring MacBeth, Jack Clemo and Edward Lucie-Smith. Inscribed by the author. Page edges spotted, else near fine in wrappers. [#001678] $20
NY, Atheneum, 1980. The issue in wrappers. Signed and additionally inscribed by the author. Fine. [#001677] $20
Surrey, Sceptre, 1970. Subtitled "a funeral-song to America, for her negro dead in Vietnam." A rice-paper broadside, folded into wrappers. Of a total edition of 150 copies, this is number 50 of 50 numbered copies signed by the author on the wrapper. Fine in near fine wrappers, with a few light splatters on the rear cover. [#010363] $40
(Sydney), (Thinking Fisherman Publications), (1993). The first separate publication of this poem by the Australian writer, originally included in his first book in 1970. Number 1 in the Paperback Poets series. Illustrated by and signed by noted Australian artist Noel McKenna. Fine in stapled wrappers and dustwrapper. [#913652] $400
(Sydney), (Thinking Fisherman Publications), (1993). The first separate publication of this poem by the Australian writer, originally included in his first book in 1970. Number 1 in the Paperback Poets series. One of a limited edition of only 100 copies. Illustrated by and signed by noted Australian artist Noel McKenna. Creasing to pages; near fine in wrappers, in a fine dustwrapper. [#022988] $375
Woodstock, Overlook Press, (1999). Poetry by the playwright and filmmaker. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#024759] $125
NY, Bantam, (1986). The first attempt, it would seem, at making Vietnam war poetry into a mass market item -- the announced first printing for this title being 35,000 copies. Boards slightly bowed; covers slightly mottled; very good in near fine dust jacket creased on the front flap. Inscribed by the author. [#010364] $25
Boston, Godine, (1978). Inscribed by the author. Boards torn at heel of spine, thus only a good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. [#001691] $20
(NY), Barlenmir House, (1974). Inscribed in the same hand from "Angela/ Peter/ Brian/ Patrick/ Danni(?)" and also from "'Angela'" and "Anon." Laid in is an autograph note from Peter: "Here's the book 'we 4' did." Fine without dust jacket, apparently as issued. [#001693] $20
NY, Delacorte, (1971). Illustrated with photographs from various productions. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. [#001709] $35
Berkeley, Sand Dollar, 1974. Second edition of this poem, revised from the first. One of 700 copies in saddle-stitched wrappers, this copy is inscribed by the author. Fine. [#001715] $20
NY, Delacorte, (1971). A novel by McClure, one of the key figures of the Beat movement, known more as a poet and playwright than a novelist, and author of the acclaimed play The Beard. Inscribed by McClure to Peter Matthiessen, "For Peter Matthiessen, naturalist & prose poet, with admiration, Michael." Minor foxing to page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the edges and folds. A good literary association. [#028467] $150
NY, Truck Press, 1978. Of a total edition of 1026 copies, this is one of only 100 hardcover copies numbered and signed by the author. Illustrated with fold-out photographs of the production of this play, taken by Stewart Brand. Minor dust-soiling to the edges, otherwise a fine copy of this attractive production. [#001721] $50
(Winston-Salem), Jackpine Press, (1977). His first book, a collection of poetry published as Bree Books Number One. Signed by the author in 1981. Previous owner's blindstamp to flyleaf; foxing to page edges and endpages; covers lightly rubbed. Very good in wrappers. [#915316] $19
(Winston-Salem), Jackpine Press, (1977). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Peter, my friend, these poems are from my mis-spent youth. Which is, I fear, ongoing." Near fine in wrappers. [#032101] SOLD
(Thomaston), (Northwoods), (1984). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in 1994: "Here's why I gave up on poems and cast my lot with fiction." Fine in wrappers. [#032102] $50
Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, (1976). The second collection by this African-American poet and the first book in the Sagittarius Poetry Series, which was designed to publish "outstanding but commercially 'awkward' volumes" of poetry. Warmly inscribed by the author to another poet and his wife in 1977. Fine in a spine- and edge-sunned, near fine dust jacket. Preface by John Gardner. [#020408] $40
(NY), (I. Reed Books), (1979). The first book by this acclaimed African-American poet. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1981. Read, rubbed; near fine in wrappers. [#023005] $25
Dublin, Seafront Press, 1972. One of 300 copies. This copy inscribed by the author to poet John Hollander in 1974. Hollander was twice nominated for the National Book Award, in 1973 and 1974. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#001731] $25
Bloomington, Indiana University Press, (1970). The poet's first book. Inscribed by the author to another poet in the year of publication "with love and best wishes, Sandy." Recipient's handmade bookplate on front flyleaf. Near fine, with various portions of the dust jacket clipped and pasted on the boards and endpages. [#022758] $50
NY, Ecco Press, (1983). The hardcover issue. Inscribed by the author to another poet in the year of publication: "For ____ -/ reunion in a church -/ our real miracles being/ in poetry." Fine, with portions of the dust jacket clipped and pasted to the boards and endpages. [#023552] SOLD
NY, Ecco Press, (1973). The second book by this award-winning poet, this being the hardcover issue. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1983 "in old friendship." Recipient's handmade bookplate on front flyleaf. Near fine, with various portions of the dust jacket clipped and pasted on the boards and endpages. [#022759] $40
NY, Knopf, 1975. Inscribed by the author in 1977 to another poet, "who has befriended Hazard and his grateful friend the author." Recipient's handmade bookplate front flyleaf; a near fine copy, with the main dust jacket sections clipped and attached to the boards. A nice literary association copy. [#023011] $40
NY, Atheneum, 1982. The hardcover issue of this collection of autobiographical recollections. Inscribed by the author at the Gotham Book Mart in 1983: "For Matthew, who keeps the books/ with good wishes." The recipient was Matthew Monahan, who worked as manager and rare book specialist at the Gotham Book Mart for a number of years. From the library of James Tate. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033299] $125
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1991). Poetry. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#915359] $70
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1999). Poetry. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with a program and ticket for the 20th Annual International Festival of Authors, at which Michaels read. [#915370] $30
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1997). A review copy of the first combined edition of her first two books of poetry. Signed by the author. Stamped as a review copy on the title page. Fine in wrappers. [#915368] $40
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1937). A limited edition of this narrative poem by Millay, in the form of a play, reconstructed by the author after the original manuscript burned in a hotel fire. This is Copy No. 303 of an edition of 615, and it is signed by the author. Trace foxing to the board edges and spine cloth; a very good copy in a very good, edge-sunned slipcase with a 2" crack along an upper joint. [#033644] $350
NY, St. Martin's, 1992. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories and poems from 1961 to 1991. An earlier limited edition by Rydal Press printed a portion of this collection. Signed by the author. Publicist's card stapled inside the front cover; fine in wrappers. [#025624] $175
(Willimantic), Curbstone Press, (1995). Poetry, translated by Victor Perera. The poems express the traditional values of Mayan culture and reveal the Guatemalan government's attempt to destroy the indigenous people. Montejo fled from Guatemala when his brother was killed by soldiers and his own name appeared on a death squad list. Only issued in wrappers. Fine, and signed by the author. [#016761] $20
NY, Grove Press, (2001). The author's second collection of poems. Warmly inscribed by the author to another writer ("her favorite dinner date") in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#019701] $50
Merrick, Cross-Cultural, 1982. Inscribed by the translator Claire Nicolas White to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#032122] $40
(Greenfield), (Greenfield Review), (1973). The second issue of this collection of poems. Cover illustration by Wendy Rose. An early book by one of the more important Native American poets to come to prominence in the renaissance of American Indian literature that took place in the Seventies. Signed by the author in 1973. Minor rubbing and creasing; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#025650] $150
Santa Barbara, Ross-Erikson, (1982). First thus, second edition, but first expanded edition of this collection of Swampy Cree Indian narrative poems, translated by Norman, with a preface by poet and translator Jerome Rothenberg, founder of Alcheringa. Signed by both Norman and Rothenberg. Winner of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. This expanded edition includes Norman's Who Met the Lynx and Why Owls Die with Wings Outspread. Near fine in rubbed wrappers. [#023562] $80
London, Jonathan Cape, (1992). Poetry. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914249] $100
Toronto, Contact Press, (1966). Ondaatje's first book appearance: fourteen poems in this anthology of Canadian poetry edited by Raymond Souster. Issued in wrappers in an edition of 736 copies. Signed by Ondaatje and Souster. Quarto. Acidic pages darkening; near fine. [#911838] SOLD
(Toronto), McClelland and Stewart, (1967). Ondaatje's copy of this paperback anthology. Signed: "Michael and Kim Ondaatje/ London, August '67." Laid in is a manuscript fragment in Ondaatje's hand (likely used as a bookmark), which reads: "cf. [compare] [Robert] Frost and [Archibald] Lampman as Nature Poets -- show (in [words torn here] etc, Woodcutter's Hut [a Lampman poem]." The anthology is spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. The fragment is edge-sunned and unevenly torn, about four square inches. An early (legible) Ondaatje signature, from the same year The Dainty Monsters, his first book, was published. [#027699] SOLD
(Toronto), (Coach House), (1967). His first book, a volume of poetry. One of 500 numbered copies. This copy is inscribed by Ondaatje, "with best wishes," in 1968. Ripple to rear pastedown, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a bit of creasing to the upper edge. [#911106] $1,000
(Toronto), (Coach House), (1969). An early collection of poetry, limited to 300 numbered copies, of which the first 50 copies were signed by the author. This is copy No. 8. One minute corner tap, else fine in a near fine, mildly spine and edge sunned dust jacket with a faint patch of foxing on the front panel. [#911239] SOLD
(Toronto), House of Anansi Press, (2005). The first trade edition. A poem from Ondaatje's collection Handwriting. Signed by Ondaatje. Fine, with a vertical wraparound band on the rear cover. [#911868] SOLD
(n.p.), McClelland & Stewart, 1988. A broadside poem from Ondaatje's collection Handwriting. 9-1/2" x 13". One of an unknown number of copies issued by the press in conjunction with the publication of that collection. Signed by the author. Shallow lower corner crease and tiny edge tear; near fine. A broadside with the same poem, but with textual variations, was issued by Fox Run Press in 2004. [#911848] SOLD
(n.p.), (Fox Run Press), (2004). The uncorrected proof copy, which varies not in text but in design from the final version. 3-1/4" x 11-1/2". Signed by the author. Fine. [#911867] SOLD
Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow, 1985. Inscribed by Oppenheimer to another poet in the year of publication. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Dusty; else fine. A nice association copy. [#011992] $125
NY, #Magazine, 1981. Oppenhemier's poetry comprises the entire unnumbered special issue of #Magazine. This copy is inscribed by Oppenheimer to Edward Hoagland: "For Ted/ also progressing/ Joel." A nice association copy: Oppenheminer and Hoagland were friends in the 1960s when they both lived in NY and wrote for The Village Voice, among their other pursuits. Mild edge sunning; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#026364] $80
Berkeley, Turtle Island, 1977. Poems, with artwork by Native American artist Aaron Yava. This is one of 1900 copies in wrappers, not to be confused with the edition that came out in 1984. Signed by the author. Erasure front flyleaf; near fine. [#025675] $125
Oak Park, Thunder's Mouth Press, (1981). A powerful collection of poems, which many consider his best book to date and which one prominent poet and critic was quoted as saying should have won the Pulitzer Prize if the judges had had any courage. The title alludes to an infamous massacre of unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women and children in 1864, and the poems address moral, spiritual, and political issues -- in particular, the process of victimization and the possibility of finding some kind of redemption -- with urgency, clarity and poetic grace. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Warmly inscribed by the author to Joe [Bruchac] in the year of publication. Fine. [#025685] $80
Tucson, University of Arizona Press, (1992). Collects three of his earlier, out-of-print volumes of poetry -- Going for the Rain, A Good Journey, and Fight Back -- adding a lengthy (30+ pages) introduction in which Ortiz reflects on language, writing, and the specific considerations of being a Native American writer. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Joseph [Bruchac] in 1993. Fine. [#025687] $80
Penobscot, Granite Press, (1985). A collection of poetry. This is the trade paperback edition, following a limited edition of 125 hardcover copies. Inscribed by the author in 1989 "on a happy occasion." Fine in wrappers. [#022126] $40
(NY), (Vehicle), (1978). Her second book, a collection of short prose poems. Of a total edition of 500 copies, this is one of 474 copies in wrappers. Inscribed by the author in 1979. Slight rubbing to the spine folds, else fine; a very nice copy. [#011223] $275
On Sale: $179
NY, Vehicle Editions, (1978). The issue in wrappers of her second book, a collection of poems and prose poems, one of 474 copies of a total edition of 500; inscribed by the author to Seymour Lawrence in the year of publication. Additionally, laid in is an autograph postcard signed "the counter." Lawrence became Phillips' publisher with her next book, Black Tickets, which was her first collection of prose and the first book she had published by a major publisher. The postcard is fine; the book near fine. [#004287] $475
Miami, Pandenus Press, (1952). One of 225 copies of this attractive oversize volume that collects Spanish translations of five of Pound's poems, including three of the Cantos. This copy is inscribed by one of the translators, Margaret Bates. Covers foxed; near fine in self-wrappers. [#027456] $250
NY, Knopf, 1918. A collection of poems, literary essays and commentary, and an early title for Pound, considered by many the most important American poet of the 20th century. Signed by Pound on the frontispiece, below his photograph. First issue binding. Front hinge weak; cloth rubbed at the edges and joints. Owner name and addresses on the front pastedown, and a photograph tipped to the rear pastedown, with a quote in an unknown hand attributed to Ira V. Morris. A good copy. [#030779] $1,500
Garden City, Doubleday, 1970. A complimentary copy, with a Doubleday "Compliments of" card laid in signed by the author. A collection of concrete poetry, about which Richard Kostelanetz wrote in 1973: "Only one one-man collection of visual poetry... has ever been commercially published in the United States, even though 'concrete' is reportedly 'faddish'; and since that single book, N.H. Pritchard's The Matrix (1970), was neither reviewed nor touted, it seemed unlikely that any others would ever appear -- another example of how the rule of precedent in literary commerce produces de facto censorship." Dust jacket blurb by Allen Ginsberg, among others. Modest glue bleed to the hinges, light corner tap; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032670] $150
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