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141 Ahern, Tom THE SINISTER PINAFORE
Providence: Burning Deck, (1975). First edition, first printing: a chapbook original: one of 300 numbered copies produced. A hint of age-toning at the very edges of the covers, else fine, staplebound within stiff unprinted wraps; in illustrated cardstock dust wrapper. 
Chapbook poetry collection; the title-page of this copy inscribed and SIGNED by the author. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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142 Aiken, Conrad LANDSCAPE WEST OF EDEN
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First U.S. edition printed in Great Britain at the Temple Press. Hardcover. The usual uniform tanning to the endpapers, else a very nearly fine copy in tan boards with brown spine titles; in a near fine, remarkably clean dust jacket with two short closed tears to the front panel. Uncommonly fresh. 
LANDSCAPE WEST OF EDEN, perhaps Conrad Aiken's most complex poem, seeks awareness to a higher consciousness through an allegorical geography. Aiken was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his collection SELECTED POEMS. Bonnell A28b. 
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143 Aiken, Conrad SKYLIGHT ONE
London: John Lehmann, (1951). First U.K. edition. Hardcover. Near fine in pale blue cloth; in a near fine dust jacket with a very minor smudge to the front panel and a tiny nick to the spine head. 
Slim collection of lyrics and verse from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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144 Alda, Jan STASTNOU CESTU: Verse
Praha: Statni nakladatelstvi detske knihy, 1959. First edition, first printing. The title may be roughly translated as ''Happy Journey'' or ''Bon Voyage'' Hardcover. A suggestion of fading at the borders of the covers, else fine, in full light-blue cloth with red lettering to spine and author's monogram to front; in a lightly age-toned dust jacket with some minor nicking and crimping at spine ends. 
Short verse poems for young readers, winningly illustrated in a vivid, rough-hewn style; the subjects of the poems appear to range from simple paeans to nature: birds, chicks, rabbits, dirty hands, to more serious, clearly political themes. In Czech. 
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145 Aldrich, Thomas Bailey MERCEDES: A Drama in Two Acts
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. First separate edition, revised from its appearance in MERCEDES, AND LATER LYRICS (1884). Hardcover. Tiny inked ''45'' to copyright page, else a sharp, clean, very good plus copy in blue binding with gilt titles, decoration; no dust jacket. Tipped into the page facing the title-page is a vintage photo of the doorway to Aldrich's home in Boston. 
The poet's drama of the tragic love between a French soldier and a Spanish peasant, set in 1810; in the revised version, as performed at Palmer's Theatre with Maurice Barrymore and Julia Arthur. The play was first published in The Century in July 1884. 
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146 Angelou, Maya WOULDN'T TAKE NOTHING FOR MY JOURNEY NOW
New York: Random House, (1993). 0679427430 / 9780679427438 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in maroon cloth over red-brown boards; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
Words of wisdom and inspiration from one of America's most beloved living poets and author of I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. Published shortly after her reading at the inauguration of President Clinton. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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147 Arber, Edward, edited by THE SPENSER ANTHOLOGY: 1548-1591 A.D.
London: Henry Frowde, 1899. B0008BZ4SE First edition, first printing. In green blind-debossed decorative cloth with gilt spine title, marbled endsheets; no dust jacket. Hardcover. Very good minus: browning and rippling to textblock, faint stains to upper-page-edge gilt, covers worn, flecked and showing evidence of quite substantial dampstain and splaying to rear cover. 
The third in Arber's series of historical national anthologies of British poetry, named for the preeminent poet of each age. This example dated in January of 1900, inscribed and SIGNED by editor Arber to a flyleaf. 312 pages, plus 8 pages of ads. 
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148 Artaud, Antonin HERE THEN THE QUESTION
[No place]. Filthythumb Press, 1968. First edition: a chapbook original. Offsetting to covers, else a nearly fine copy in stapled, illustrated wraps. 
Posthumous publication of several short pieces by the French poet/dramatist (whose THE THEATRE AND ITS DOUBLE wielded enormous influence on the avant-garde theatre of the 1960's), including the title poem. The question is: "Why in hell are we living?' 
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149 Ashbery, John COLLECTED POEMS 1956-1987
(New York, NY): The Library of America, (2008). 1598530283 / 9781598530285 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Included are the complete texts of John Ashbery's first twelve books along with a selection of more than sixty previously uncollected poems. "Since the death of Wallace Stevens in 1955, we have been in the Age of Ashbery."--Harold Bloom. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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150 Asquith, Lady Cynthia, edited by THE TREASURE SHIP: A Book of Prose and Verse
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1926). First edition, first printing. Intext drawings and full-color tipped-in plates by such artists as A.H. Watson, Rex Whistler, Hugh Lofting, many more. Hardcover. Very mildly soiling to the covers, else a fine copy, in taupe cloth with black lettering and rules, red galleon to front cover, red treasure chest to spine; lacking dust jacket. 
One of Lady Asquith's sumptuously produced, superbly selected children's anthologies, with contributions to the "Cargo Aboard the Treasure Ship" by such luminaries as Barrie, de La Mare, Galsworthy, Belloc, Wodehouse, Blackwood, Milne, Mackenzie, others. 
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151 Athie, Belen OBJETANY
New York/Washington/Hollywood: Vantage Press, (1973). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in green boards with silver titles to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 
The Puerto Rican poet started writing verse at the age of six and came to America as an adult to complete her college education and work. This is her first published collection, expressing life experiences and promoting her passionate stance for freedom. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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152 Atwood, Margaret THE ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
Boston: Little, Brown and Company/Atlantic Monthly, (1968). 0316058610 / 9780316058612 First U.S. edition: Trade paperback issue. Trade Paperback. A hint of age-toning to the covers, else this is a fine, fresh, unread copy in illustrated, textured wraps. 
Collection of poetry from the critically esteemed Canadian novelist/poet. "There is no one I know of writing in English like Margaret Atwood. I like her poems more than I can say."--Daryl Hine. 
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153 Bain, F.W. , rescued from oblivion by AN ECHO OF THE SPHERES
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., (1919). First edition, first printing. Parchment shelfback with spine label over blue boards; printed dust jacket. Frontisportrait of Bain and mother. Hardcover. Very good: pages tanned, upper spine darkened, tiny tears to spine crown, title-page and endsheets offset, stained corner tip, inscription to endsheet; good jacket: worn, soiled, spine fold split, patches of stain, 1'' chip to upper spine--still present. 
Collection of short poems which Bain represents as "more than that: it is an autobiography...the author was my own mother." Discovered in manuscript by the British writer of exotic fantasies based on Hindu mythology. Fold-out facsimile manuscript page. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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154 Baines, Keith GOLDENSHEEP: A Sequence of Poems to Judith
(London): Longman's (1964). First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket that is lightly rubbed and age-toned with a somewhat soiled rear panel. 
GOLDENSHEEP is Keith Baines first volume of poetry. "I know no living poet with so burning a sense of poetic perfectionism as Keith Baines."--Robert Graves. 
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155 Balakian, Peter BLACK DOG OF FATE: A Memoir
(New York): BasicBooks, (1997). 046500704X / 9780465007042 First edition. Hardcover. Spine ends lightly bumped, else near fine in a photo-pictorial dust jacket with a tiny closed edge tear and faint creases to the upper spine, and a nick to the lower edge of the rear panel. 289 pages; map of Armenia endpapers, family trees, and sources. 
The autobiography of Balakian, an award-winning poet of an Armenian family raised in New Jersey, who attempts to come to terms with his family's difficult history in their native country. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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156 Baring-Gould, William S. and Ceil, introduction and notes by THE ANNOTATED MOTHER GOOSE
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc./ Publisher, (1962). 0517029596 / 9780517029596 Reprint. Quarto. Black-lettered olive cloth shelfback over ochre boards; illustrated dust jacket. Chapter decorations by E.M. Simon. Hardcover. Bump to rear fore-edge, wear to shelf edges; splaying to covers; short tear at upper front inner hinge; mild fading to extremities; mildly worn, age-toned, price-clipped, very good plus jacket with tiny nicks to the spine head, mild fading to spine panel. 
"Nursery Rhymes Old and New, Arranged and Explained." Superb compilation and annotations by the Baring-Goulds, enhanced with illustrations by Crane, Caldecott, Greenaway, Rackham, Parrish and early historical woodcuts. 350 pages, including index. 
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157 Barker, George COLLECTED POEMS: 1930-1955
London: Faber and Faber, (1957). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in black cloth, spine titles gilt; in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with several neat edge tears. Octavo. 245 pages; index of first lines. 
A contemporary of Dylan Thomas, rising to prominence just prior to World War II, English poet and author George Barker,"is a poet who is difficult to classify and has frequently been misunderstood."--Robert Fraser. 
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158 Barnes, William; edited by Robert Nye WILLIAM BARNES: A Selection of his Poems by Robert Nye
(Oxford): Fyfield Books/A Carcanet Press Publication, (1972). 0856350311 / 9780856350313 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in brown boards with silver spine stamping; in a fine illustrated dust jacket, with pale sticker ghost to upper front flap. 
Selection of dialect poems by the neglected 19th century Dorset poet; drawn from the 1962 Centaur Press, 2-volume THE POEMS OF WILLIAM BARNES. Jacket art by Priscilla Eckhard. Small octavo. 95 pages, including index of first lines. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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159 Barrett, George M. UPON A MOMENT
New York, N.Y.: A Lyceum Book/Carlton Press, Inc., (1966). First edition, first printing. With publisher's original release-date slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine, in sea-foam green cloth with black spine lettering; in a soiled, worn, nicked, very good only dust jacket. 
Collection of poetry divided into three sections: Poems of General, Everyday Inspiration; Poems of Love and Devotion; Poems of Youth. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by the author. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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160 Bate, W. Jackson THE BURDEN OF THE PAST AND THE ENGLISH POET
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1970. 674085868 First edition. Hardcover. Faint must soil to the rear cover, else very good plus in full blue cloth; in a very good dust jacket with mild stains near the upper spine and to the far edge of the rear panel. 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a discussion of the artist's relation to the past and the burden pressed upon him due to gains in self-consciousness from the Renaissance to the present day. 141 pages; index. 
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