Rare, used and collectable poetry books.
Verse, ballads, rhymes and limericks. Literary and colloqiual or vulgar.
Anthologies, collections, collected editions, and private short run editions.
For New Zealand poetry see under the New Zealand catalogues.

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A Treasury of Colonial Poetry
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Anthology of Australian and New Zealand colonial verse, poems, bush ballads and songs.
A. B. Paterson (Banjo Paterson) -F. W. L. Adams -Emma F. Anderson -George Barrington -Alexander Bathgate -Thomas Bracken -Thomas Browne -Ada Cambridge -G. J. Carmichael -Ethel Castilla -Alfred T. Chandler -Marcus Clark -Robert Crawford -Alpha Crusis -J. L. Cuthbertson -V. J. Daley -D. H. Deniehy -Alfred Dommett -G. E. Evans -John Farrell -Barron Field -Mary Hannay Foott -William Forster -William Gay -Keighly Goodchild -A. L. Gordon -Lesbia Hartford -Charles Harpur -Rev. J. Hebblethwaite -P. J. Holdsworth -J. L. Kelly -Henry Kendall -Rev. Dunmore Lange -Henry Lawson -Arthur Patchett Martin -Patrick Maloney -J. B. O'Reilly -Dowell O'Reilly -Sir Henry Parkes -Robert Richardson -J. B. Stephens -Sir Archibald Strong -H. B. Twisleton -Mary Colborn-Veel -W. C. Wentworth -W. R. Wills -Anne Glenny Wilson -Davie McKee Wright.
ISBN 0908001347
Victorian, British colonies, british literature, colonial culture

VG hardcover in G+ dust jacket with sun-fading one small tear and edge wear.
$20 C/D
Currawong Press 1982 first edition, 320pp.
[#5053 ]

ARP, SCHWITTERS, KLEE   Three Painter Poets
Selected Poems
VG paperback $7 Penguin, 1974 first edition. 160pp ISBN 0140421734 [#2211 poetry]

BARBERA Jack & William McBrien  Stevie a biography of Stevie Smith
VG VG small spots of tape rust to end papers where sleeve held down over DW $20 C/C Heinemann 1985 first edition hardcover, 378pp+ plates. ISBN 0434441058 [# 1270 biography poet poetry]

The Flowers of Evil
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A new translation with facing French text.
Restores once banned poems to their original places and reveals the full richness and variety of the collection.
Translated by James N. McGowan with an introduction by Jonathan Culler.
ISBN 9780192829726
french, literature, fin de siecle, 19th century, decadent, decadence, poetry

G+ paperback
$7 A/B
Oxford University Press Worlds Calssics 1993, lvii 399pp.
[PB1690 ]

BLAKE William edited by John Sampson  The Poetical Works of William Blake including French Revolution, Minor Prophetic Books, The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem
VG small gift inscr. to fep $15 C/C Oxford University Press 1949 cloth, lvi 453pp + plates. [#1966 poetry]

The Poetical Works of Lord Byron
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A New Edition of the Murray Pocket Edition(1870).
Collects Lord Byron's works in small format books of 4x6 inches.
Childe Harold; Tales and Poems; Miscellanies (2 vols); Dramas (2 vols); Don Juan (2 vols).
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, Poetry, English, 19th century

G- Each volume with rubber stamp of Waitaki Boys High School with F Milner as Rector.
Spines on some volumes missing sections.
Spine cloth on all volumes severely sunfaded.
Internally tight and clean, good candidate for quarter leather rebacking.
$80 C/D 2.5kg
John Murray 1873 first thus New Edition, each volume approx 350 pp.
[#5050 ]

DONNE John edited by John Hayward  John Donne- A selection of his Poetry The Penguin Poets
VG $5 A/A Penguin Poets [D13] 1960 paperback [PB# 314 poetry]

ELIOT T S   Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats illustrated in colour by Nicolas Bentley
VG $15 B/A Faber soft cover 1985, 64pp ISBN 0571105580 [# 1034 poetry]

ELIOT T S   Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats illustrated by Nicolas Bentley
VG $5 A/A Faber soft cover 1986, 60pp ISBN 0571045782 [PB#1154 poetry]

ELIOT T. S.  Selected Prose
VG $7 A/B Penguin 1958 paperback 251pp [PB# 91]

[ELIOT T. S.] DREW Elizabeth 
T. S. Eliot, the design of his poetry.
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Jungian interpretation of Eliot's work.
Chapters: The mythical vision, The mythical method, Early poems 1909-1920, Gerontion, The waste land, The hollow men, Ash Wednesday, Ariel poems, Coriolan, Four quartets, "The voice of this calling."
British modern literature, criticism

G+ hardback with no jacket.
Discolouration to cloth boards, some mild foxing.
$15 C/C
Eyre and Spottiswoode 1950 first edition, 256pp.
[#5364 ]

FLORES Angel editor  An Anthology of German Poetry from Holderlin to Rilke In English translation with the German original
VG- contact sealed, opens flat at centre $5 C/B Doubleday Anchor 1960 first edition paperback xxii 458pp [PB# 315 poetry]

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edited and with notes by H Buxton Forman
The Complete Poetical Works of John Keats

This collection of the whole of Keats known works, with variorum readings, includes 16 formerly unknown lines from The Eve of St Mark. 77 page introduction, facsimiles of title pages, list of works consulted, index of first lines, and two portraits.

VG cloth bound hardcover with gilt titled cover and spine. Top edge gilt, some mild foxing to closed edges and prelims. Original plum red endpapers.
$45 C/C
Henry Frowde/ Oxford University Press 1910, lxxvii +491 pp. [#2928 poetry, deluxe ]

KIPLING Rudyard 
Barrack-Room Ballads and other verses

Ballads and verses about army life in the wide-flung British Empire. Jingoistic and patriotic.

VG-, red buckram cloth sunfaded to spine. Top edge gilt. Gift inscription dated 1895 to endpaper.
$25 C/C
Methuen and Co. 1894, stated Seventh Edition. 208pp + 24pp catalogue for Methuen, dated April 1894. [#2929 poetry ]

LAWSON J. ( illustrator)   Ballads: Scottish and English half leather, marbling, and gilt dec. spine with raised bands
VG- rubbed joints and corners, small split at foot of upper joint, inscription to fep "Anthony Max Broadbent January 1962" very minor foxing, $75 C/C Nimmo Edinburgh undated (earlier 19th century) Quarter Leather, marbled boards, endpapers and closed edges. viii 472pp+ engraved plates, many early unattributed ballads etc. [#2071 poetry]

LEGMAN G  The Limerick volume 1
VG $12 A/B Panther 1976 first thus paperback, 283pp. Obscene and explicit and funny! ISBN 0586042555 [PB# 678 poetry]

Caught In The Quiet
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This first UK edition has six new poems by McKuen and fourteen line drawings by Anthony Goldschmidt.

VG hardback in VG price clipped dustjacket.
$15 C/B
W H Allen 1973 first edition, 96pp.
[#4516 ]

MILTON John   Paradise Lost Penguin Classics edited by Christopher Ricks
G crease to cover $5 A/B Penguin 1989 pb ISBN 014042363X [PB#1305 poetry]

NICHOLS Robert Malise Bowyer   Ardours and Endurances SIGNED COPY
Also, A Faun's Holiday, and Poems and Phantasies. First World War poet, he served in the Royal Artillery as an officer in 1914, in the fighting at Loos and the Somme. He was invalided out in 1916, after suffering from shell shock, and was among 16 Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner. This copy has a short inscription, signed Robert Nichols 1917 to front paste down.

Fair hardback in cloth, rubbed and lacking the back strip. Has a short inscription, signed Robert Nichols 1917 to front paste down.
$35 C/B
Chatto 1917 (July second edition after June first), 207 pages + frontis port. [#2620 poetry, war poet ]

PETAIA Ruperake  Blue Rain: Poems by Ruperake Petaia of Western Samoa
VG bookseller stamp to first page $10 A/A U.S.P. Centre 1983 second edition stapled wrappers 32pp [#1913 pacific poetry]

Click here for Sylvia Plath material.

ROLLINS Henry  See A Grown Man Cry Collected Work 1988-1991
VG light crease to corner of cover $9 C/B 2.13.61 Publications 1993 soft cover, 190pp. Poetry or verse by Henry Rollins of Black Flag fame ISBN 1880985128 [#1880 poetry]

Six sections from Mountains and Rivers without end.
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Selection from this beat generation associated American poet.
Bubbs Creek Haircut / Elwha River / Night Highway Ninety-Nine / Hymn to the Goddess San Francisco in Paradise / The Market / Journeys.

G+ hardback with no jacket.
$10 C/B
Fulcrum 1967 First Edition, 48pp.
[#4702 ]

[Spanish] TURNBULL Eleanor L. and Pedro Salinas 
Ten Centuries of Spanish Poetry
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Ananthology in English verse with original texts, from the 11th Century to the generation of 1898.
English and Spanish facing text.
european culture, literature, espanol

Good cloth hardback in Good dust jacket.
Ex-library with cancellation, stamps etc.
Dust jacket has edge wear and tears.
$10 C/C
The Johns Hopkins Press 1955 first edition, 452pp.
[#5327 ]

SPENDER Stephen 
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40 poems, nice printing.
twentieth century poetry, british

VG hardback in G+ dustjacket with chipped spine ends losing the P of POEMS at the head., small ink name on lower dust jacket panel.

$10 C/B
Faber 1952 reprint, 69pp.
[#4266 ]

The New Poetic
Yeats to Eliot

'A short but brilliant history. Essential to anyone interested in the development of modern poetry.' The Guardian. Contents include; W. B. Yeats; Imperialists; Georgians; War poets; The Social Function of Poetry, Pound and the Imagists; Eliot's 'Dark Embyro', The merger of morals and aesthetics, T. S. Eliot, Affirmation and the Image.

G paperback
$5 A/A
Pelican Books 1969 reprint, 201pp.
[PB1530 ]

STEVENS Wallace  Selected Poems VG+ $8 B/B Faber 1986 paperback, 128pp ISBN 0571063845. [# 729 poetry]

WHITMAN Walt & Mark Van Doren   The Portable Walt Whitman revised and enlarged
G+ inscription at front, some spotting, $7 C/B Penguin 1977 paperback, xxxvii 648pp includes Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days, Democratic Vistas + biographical & critical introduction and a chronology. ISBN 0140150781 [PB# 313 poetry]

WRIGHT Judith 
Alive, Poems 1971-72

Australian poet. ISBN0207126496

VG hardback in VG price clipped dust jacket with light wear, name to endpaper
$15 C/B
Angus and Robertson first edition 1973, 46pp. [#2784 poetry, australian ]

WRIGHT Judith 
Fourth Quarter and other poems

Australian poet. Cover photograph by Ingrid van Dyke ISBN0908562403

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light wear
$15 C/B
Caveman Press first edition 1976, 71pp. [#2762 poetry, australian ]

YEATS William Butler 
Collected Poems of W B Yeats
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This one volume edition of Yeat's complete collected poetry now includes those from A Full Moon in March and Last Poems.
poetry, irish, celtic, celtic revival, golden dawn, spirituality

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with some edge wear, tears and soiling.
$20 C/C
MacMillan 1950 (no ISBN) Second Edition with later poems added, xviii 565pp.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some edge wear and soiling.
$20 C/C
MacMillan 1977 reprint of the Second Edition, xviii 565pp.
[#3686 ]

Selected Poems

edited by Timothy Webb
ISBN 141181257

Penguin 2000. Good paperback. $7 A/B [#2144 ]

YEVTUSHENKO translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi
Selected Poems

Poetry translated from the Russian of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a Siberian poet in the Communist USSR.

Penguin 1967, 92pp. Good paperback, name to title page, plastic cover sellotaped to inside cover $5 A/A [PB1683 ]

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