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BALLADS and BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1892
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1892. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1892. 8 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth with front cover vignette in gilt. First (American) Edition, published nine days before the English edition which was titled BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS and Other Verses. Included in "Barrack-Room Ballads" are such well-known verses as "Danny Deever," "Tommy," "Fuzzy-Wuzzy," "Gunga Din" and "Mandalay";… Read more
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DEPARTMENTAL DITTIES | BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS | and Other Verses

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1890
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1890. New York: United States Book Company. Successors to John W. Lovell Company, n.d. [1890]. Original maroon cloth, on beveled boards. First (though pirated) Edition of both the "Barrack-Room Ballads" and the "Other Verses" (not published in England until 1892); first American edition of "Departmental Ditties." The "Barrack-Room Ballads" include some of Kipling's best-loved verse, such… Read more
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AFTERMATH

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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Published
1873
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1873. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1873. 6 pp undated ads. Original green cloth stamped in black and gilt, beveled. First Edition (English -- this and the American edition came out simultaneously on September 6, 1873). Quoting from William Dean Howells's review in the November 1873 Atlantic Magazine, In Aftermath, we have somehow a better sense… Read more
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THE SEASIDE AND THE FIRESIDE

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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Published
1850
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1850. [in the gift binding] Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Original brown cloth elaborately stamped in gilt on the spine and both covers, all page edges gilt. First Edition, special gift binding, of this collection of verse best known for the trochaic ode "The Building of the Ship," which concludes with the famous apostrophe to the Federal… Read more
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THE GOLDEN LEGEND

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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Published
1852
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1852. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. First Edition, first printing. This is a book-length narrative poem based on a Middle High German romance by Hartmann von Aue [c.1170 - c.1210]; Longfellow's version was soon adapted as a cantata by Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan). The first printing was actually… Read more
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THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH, and Other Poems

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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Published
1858
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1858. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1858. 12 pp ads dated October 1858. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. First American Edition, first printing (the only one with the title page dated 1858). The title verse is one of Longfellow's better-known poems (over 100 pages long), sited in the Plymouth Colony of the Mayflower pilgrims and describing the love… Read more
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THE TABLES OF THE LAW and THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI

by (Brooke, Rupert - his copy) Yeats, W.B.

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Published
1904
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1904. [W.B. Yeats and Rupert Brooke] London: Elkin Mathews, 1904. 4 pp undated ads. Original blue wrappers decoratively printed in black. First Published Edition, issued in wrappers by Elkin Mathews as No. 17 in the "Vigo Cabinet Series." This pair of very early Yeats tales had been privately printed in 1897, with a portrait of Yeats by Jack B.… Read more
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1850. ... by N.P. Willis, J.R. Lowell, and R.W. Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850 (Vol IV in 1856). 4 pp Vol I ads; 8 pp Vol IV ads. Original blind-stamped purple (and blue-grey) cloth. First Collected Edition of Poe's writings, published beginning in the year following his sudden death at the age of 40. … Read more
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HEBREW MELODIES

by Byron, [George Gordon,] Lord

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Published
1815
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1815. [the Abel Berland copy] London: Printed for John Murray, 1815. 2 pp undated ads, 4 leaves of preliminary titles, and 4 pp ads dated June 1815. Original unprinted drab wrappers. First Edition of this collection of verse, best known for "She Walks in Beauty." HEBREW MELODIES was published during the most tumultuous twelve-month span of… Read more
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QUEEN MAB

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe

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Published
1822
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1822. [in original boards] London: Printed and Published by R. Carlile, 1822. Original drab paper-covered boards. First Published Edition, second issue -- which is to say, the sheets of William Clark's 1821 pirated edition, with the 1822 cancel title leaf of radical publisher Richard Carlile. "Queen Mab, a Philosophical Poem [in Nine Cantos] with [Seventeen] Notes" --… Read more
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THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL. A Poem

by Scott, Walter Esq

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Published
1805
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1805. [inscribed by Scott] The Second Edition. London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, and A. Constable and Co., Edinburgh, by James Ballantyne, Edinburgh, 1805. Original blue paper-covered boards, with later (but period-style) white cloth or vellum, with printed spine label. "The Second Edition," which consisted of 1500 copies, issued later in the same year as… Read more
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BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER

by Bierce, Ambrose

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Published
1892
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NZ$567.26

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1892. San Francisco | New York: Western Authors Publishing Company, 1892. Original blind-stamped light grey cloth, beveled. First Edition of Bierce's first volume of verse, published the year after his most famous book, TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. There are about 150 short poems (which he terms "beetles"), mostly gleaned from appearances in newspapers. Bierce had… Read more
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1914." Five Sonnets [with original envelope]

by Brooke, Rupert

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Published
1915
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1915. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. Original grey printed wrappers, with original S&J mailing envelope. First Separate Edition, published five months after 1914 AND OTHER POEMS (which included these sonnets). Included is "The Soldier," beginning with Brooke's famous lines If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That… Read more
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1914 AND OTHER POEMS

by Brooke, Rupert

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Published
1915
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1915. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. Original blue-black cloth with printed spine label. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's second and last volume of verse, which consisted of 1000 copies. Included is the first book appearance of his best-known poem, "The Soldier," which begins If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of… Read more
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POEMS

by Brooke, Rupert

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Published
1911
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1911. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. Original very dark blue cloth with paper spine label. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's first book, which consisted of only 500 copies; Frank Sidgwick, a fellow Rugby graduate, had agreed to publish it but only at Brooke's financial risk. POEMS was preceded only by several (now quite rare) prize poem… Read more
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POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

by Hardy, Thomas

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Published
1902
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1902. (London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902.) Original dark green cloth with monogram device in gilt. First Edition of Hardy's second volume of verse, which (like the first, WESSEX POEMS), consisted of only 500 copies. None of Hardy's exceedingly scarce multi-volume novels consisted of fewer copies; for example, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE… Read more
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IN MEMORIAM

by [Tennyson, Alfred]

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Published
1850
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1850. [Tennyson's masterpiece -- fine] London: Edward Moxon, 1850. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth. First Edition -- of what is "widely considered to be one of the greatest poems of the 19th century" [Oxford p. 607]. As indicated on the dedication (but not title) page, this volume is in memory of "A.H.H." -- Arthur Henry Hallam, who had… Read more
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THE PRINCE'S PROGRESS and Other Poems

by Rossetti, Christina

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Published
1866
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1866. With Two Designs by D.G. Rossetti. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Christina Rossetti's second book, published four years after GOBLIN MARKET. The title verse is a romantic allegory on the "Sleeping Beauty" theme, only in this case the Prince arrives too late. Christina had these verses… Read more
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A GOLDEN TREASURY of Songs and Lyrics

by (Parrish, Maxfield) Palgrave, Francis Turner

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Published
1911
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NZ$287.22

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1911. Pictures in Color Reproduced from Paintings by Maxfield Parrish. New York: Duffield & Co., 1911. Original very dark blue cloth with applied color illustration on the front cover. First Maxfield Parrish Edition of one of the most famous and oft-reprinted anthologies in the English language. A minor poet, Palgrave published a dozen books of verse… Read more
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Excerpts from INNOCENTS ABROAD; "The Luck at Roaring Camp"; in THE OVERLAND MONTHLY

by Twain, Mark & Harte, Bret

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Published
1868
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1868. Devoted to the Development of the Country. Volume I / Volume II. San Francisco: A. Roman & Company, 1868 / 1869. Original morocco-grain green cloth decorated in gilt. These two volumes contain the pre-book publication appearances of parts of Mark Twain's INNOCENTS ABROAD and also, in their entirety, of two of Bret Harte's best-known western… Read more
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