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Fredriksted Gingerbread; Susie Brown's Sketchbook (St. Croix 1967 Art & Poetry)
1 Fredriksted Gingerbread; Susie Brown's Sketchbook (St. Croix 1967 Art & Poetry)
St. Croix, Virgin Islands Self-Published 1967 soft cover Very good 
I really like this little chapbook of poems accompanied by the poet/artist's charming drawings of the town of Frederiksted located on the west side of the island of St. Croix. Poems include Downtown, Peanuts, The Chance Book, Caught, Armor, The School Uniform, Cruzan Ice Cream. Country Woman, Dear Detroit, The Bees Are Drunk, Quick Sugar Harvest, Funeral In Frederiksted, In the Lutheran Church, and Dogs.The booklet is clean and nice other than rusting to the staples. It measures 6"x9-1/4" and has 32 pages, one of which contain these lines "Danger fills the dooryard and I cannot leave the house. The Genip tree holds me captive for it is thick with blossoms and all the bees are drunk." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Home and Family (7 Color Postcards pre-1963)
2 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Home and Family (7 Color Postcards pre-1963)
Boston, Mass. Bromley & Co. circa 1950's early 1960's) Near fine 
Seven beautiful glossy, full color postcards showing the interior and exterior of the home of American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; a depiction of his sons, Charles and Ernest; and of his wife, the former Frances Elizabeth Appleton. The house was located at 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge Mass. and Longfellow lived in it from 1837 to 1882. The chairw as given to him as a gift on his 72nd birthday from the children of Cambridge because it was made of the chestnut wood made famous in his poem "The Village Blacksmith." The room with the fireplace was Longfellow's study. The other one with a table was the dining room, and the staircase is what he referred to as "the broad hall stair" in "The Children's Hour". The cards not used and show only faint toning to backs. All will arrive in plastic sleeves. A nice little gift for the right person. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Munsey Magazine January 1896
3 Munsey Magazine January 1896
New York Frank A. Munsey 1896 soft cover Very Good 
It's interesting how Munsey Magazine had a HUGE circulation and yet it's less well known than Century, Harper's and Frank Leslie's. I just got six issues though so am happy as a clam. Before I tell you about this one though here's a fun fact about Munsey -- it was considered a bit racy and some stores would not stock it due to its "undressed women and undressed statuary." This issue is clean and tightly bound. A previous owner trimmed off the overhang (known as yapped edges) -- a common reaction after they acquire a million small tears. Great ads, fiction and articles await. The most signifiant article is one about sculptor James E. Kelly entitled Sculptor of American History. Among Kelly's accomplishments are Sheridan's Ride and the Buford Monument at Gettysburg. Also of interest is a journey through Europe following the footsteps of the poet Lord Byron. Much discussion of popular culture too with photos of big names in the arts. 
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POETRY - A Collection of Poems Written by Medical Students (Selected Works of Finalists, The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition 1986-1988)
4 POETRY - A Collection of Poems Written by Medical Students (Selected Works of Finalists, The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition 1986-1988)
Rootstown, Ohio Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Human Values in Medicine 1988 soft cover Very good 
Very nice clean booklet filled with selected works of finalists in the William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition for the years 1986-88. The contest was named as such due to the fact that William Carlos Williams was both a physician and a poet. Poets include Bradley Anderson(2) University of Oklahoma; Dipali V. Apte (3) University of Illinois; David Brown (2) Medical College of Pennsylvania; Clifford I. Harris (3) University of California at San Francisco; Laura Kinberger (1) University of Miami; David Z. Levine (3) Michigan State; Mark Mosley (3)University of Oklahoma; Orren Z. Perlman (1) Medical College of Pennsylvania; and Michael Weddle(3) University of Miami. Booklet measures 6"x9" and is clean as a whistle with erratum slip laid-in. 
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Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 1985
5 Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 1985
Scottsdale, Ariszona Printer only 1986 soft cover Very good 
This is a beautiful oversized, full color promotional piece likely sold to tourists. The condition is quite good with just a flat crease to the upper front corner and isolated wear spots along the spine which in no way compromise it. It's in full color throughout with gorgeous photos of Wright's work and that of Taliesin Architects. The name Taliesin derives from that of a Welsh poet-bard who sang of the glories of fine art. The piece (it seems too big to call a booklet) measures 9"x12". Some extra goodies were found tucked inside which I will pass along. One is an empty shopping bag from a Taliesin gift shop and the other a newspaper article from the March 27, 1987 Detroit News about a Weight house in Bloomfield Hills (The Gregor S. Affleck house) which the family donated to Lawrence Institute of Technology for restoration by students. 
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The American Book Collector Magazine June, 1932 (Edgar Alan Poe)
6 The American Book Collector Magazine June, 1932 (Edgar Alan Poe)
Metuchen, New Jersey American Book Collector Publishers 1932 Vol. 1 No. 6 soft cover Very Good 
Very nice clean magazine with only some small tears to the yapped edges. The interior is very clean too with just one page showing browning in two spots. Many ads for booksellers of the day. Articles include "A Consensus of First Editions and Source Materials By Or Relating To Edgar Alan Poe in American Public and Private Collections"; "No Second Printing Can Be A First Edition"; "A Rare Shelley Pamphlet" (written by a name bookseller of the day, Arthur Swann); and "A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets by Douglas C. McMurtrie on Typography and The History of Printing" as well as many mall features. The magazine measures 7"x10-1/4". 
Price: 7.95 USD
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The Concord Saunterer A Journal of Thoreau Studies vol. 18, 2010
7 The Concord Saunterer A Journal of Thoreau Studies vol. 18, 2010
Concord, Massachusetts The Thoreau Society 2010 New Series Volume 18 Card cover Fine condition 
Crisp, clean journal in pristine condition. No spine crease and no names or writing. This issue contains "From Ortelius to Champlain": The Lost Maps of Henry David Thoreau; Thoreau's Rhetoric of Estrangement in "Cape Cod": Looking at America through a Knot-Hole; Aesthetic Inflections: Thoreau, Gender and Geology; Henry David Thoreau in the American Art of the 1950's; The Poet At Walden: Sojourn; On Not Building A Cabin: Notes From Henry Thoreau's Journal; "All the Change Has Been In Me": My Life As A Transcendentalist; and Deconstructing the Shed: Where I Live and What I Live For." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Golden Book Magazine January 1931: Maupassant,
8 The Golden Book Magazine January 1931: Maupassant, "Saki", Parkman, Maugham
New York City The Review of Reviews Corporation 1931 Janaury, 1931 Soft cover Very good 
The older these magazines get the more I appreciate seeing the well-known writers showcased in their pages. This one has a poem by W.B. Yeats, "The Cap and Bells," plus these storytellers, "Saki"(H.H. Munro) with "Tobermory: What Happened When the Cat Learned to Talk and Too Well"; Guy De Maupassant with "The Dowry"; Francis Parkman with "Buffalo! Buffalo!" and W. Somerset Maugham with "Ashenden, The British Agent". Magazine is clean and tightly bound, but does have a couple defects -- a small tear to outer front cover which I repaired on the back with archival tape, a 1" loss of paper at the bottom of the spine, again repaired with archival tape. Magazine measures 8-1/2" x 11-1/2" and has 100 pages. 
Price: 12.95 USD
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The Women of the Golden Horn by James Magner (SIGNED Poetry)
9 The Women of the Golden Horn by James Magner (SIGNED Poetry)
Cleveland, Ohio The Ryder Press 1976 soft cover Very Good Condition 
I am very fond of the work of this poet, so you may have to take this with a grain of salt. But to appreciate both him and his work do type his name into google and bring up the blog post written by his friend. If it plays music at the end you've got the right one. Magner was a long-time John Carroll University professor, and several time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. This booklet was SIGNED and inscribed by him with the date Sept. 14, 1988. Magner died in 2000. The booklet measures 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and has 68 pages. 
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Washington Korea Festival 2007: Celebrating the Opening of the Smithsonian's New Korea Gallery
10 Washington Korea Festival 2007: Celebrating the Opening of the Smithsonian's New Korea Gallery
Washington D.C. The Korea Foundation 2007 Card cover Fine condition 
Crisp and clean as new and a very nice program with art and photos and a lot of color. The Korea Gallery joined the Smithsonian in May and June of 2007. The events and performances included a children's art festival, a chamber music series, Asian Pacific arts and crafts, Lee Yung Hee Hanbok Collection; Korean Dance Company, Korean music, and a youth orchestra.There were also lectures and symposia: Adeventure! Justice! Magic! The Legend of Hong Kil Dong; The Sejong Society Lectures; U.S./Korea 125 Years of Friendship; and an evening with a Korean poet. The program book is pristine with no names or writing. It measures 9" square and has 32 pages. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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No Visible Means of Support by Alta, 1971 (Feminist Poetry), Alta
11 Alta No Visible Means of Support by Alta, 1971 (Feminist Poetry)
San Lorenzo, California Shameless Hussy Press 1971 soft cover Very good condition 
Hard-hitting poems written during the womens' movement of the early 1970's. Raw and visceral, but also quite good. Chapbook's design displays an anti-establishment vibe with its back cover. The poet listed recent poems she had written, but the publisher (named)"hasn't paid me yet tho we signed a contract. Women in sexist society dig it." The poet founded the Shameless Hussy Press, the first of its kind, in 1969 and kept it going to 1989. Chapbook measures 7" x 8-1/2". Its very clean and tightly bound with no names or writing. To see more about her go to this site: http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/alta/ 
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Wild Honeysuckle Poems by Betsy Barber Bancroft (1966), Bancroft, Betsy Barber
12 Bancroft, Betsy Barber Wild Honeysuckle Poems by Betsy Barber Bancroft (1966)
Birmingham, Alabama Banner Press 1966 Limited edition (1st edition) Hard cover Very good condition Bridges, Ruth Powers 
This is a lovely book in its original printing. It was republished in the early 2000's. The author is a southern poet who has been awarded a number of prizes. This book is bound in textured green cloth and printed on fine paper with a deckled outer edge. Lovely drawings by Ruth Powers Bridges add beauty to the pages. The book measures 6" x 9" and has no names or writing. The collection consists of eighteen poems about gardens and plants, love, Alabama, seasons, beachcombing and more Here's a snippet to give you an idea of what to expect: "I gave my love a gift one day, Green trees upon a mountainside. Before that time he never knew That hills and trees change by the hour, And light can play a mountain like a harp." 
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The Poem
13 Barrus, Clara The Poem "Waiting" by John Burroughs Supplementary Notes by Clara Barrus (SIGNED 1927)
Roxbury-in-the-Catskills Self-Published 1927 soft cover Good-plus 
Lovely booklet not often seen. Other than a light half circle stain to top front edge and a small loss of paper at top and bottom of spine to yapped edges, the booklet is clean and the ontents are pristine. Booklet is SIGNED by Dr. Clara Barrus, the author, thus: "To Dina and Reuben with abiding affection. Clara Barrus." Booklet shows a lovely pensive photo at frontis of the poet,John Burroughs, sitting by the fire. Booklet actually has a dustjacket over the card covers. It measures 6-1/4"x 8" and has 27 pages, two of which show facsimile pages written by Burroughs. 
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The Art of John W. Alexander   (From Munsey's Magazine Sept. 1908), Brinton, Christian
14 Brinton, Christian The Art of John W. Alexander (From Munsey's Magazine Sept. 1908)
From Munsey's Magazine September, 1908 Very Good Condition 
This is a single article retrieved from a disbound magazine which was falling apart. John White Alexander was an acclaimed portraitist who focused quite a bit on beautiful young women -- hich is not say that he didn't paint men -- he did. See the wonderful portrait of the poet Walt Whitman in the pictures I've provided. The article offers information about the artist and his work and includes eight photographs in 13 pages. 
Price: 4.95 USD
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The Browning Birthday Book (Tuck's c. 1910 Robert Browning), Browning, Robert
15 Browning, Robert The Browning Birthday Book (Tuck's c. 1910 Robert Browning)
London Raphael Tuck & Sons Early 1900's hard cover Very good 
I love vintage gift books, especially when they're made by Tuck & Sons. This one is a birthday book which has biographical info on the poet Robert Browning, plus a poem, followed by all the dates of the year for the buyer to keep track of birthdays of friends and family. Each date comes with a quote from a Browning work. The book is very attractive and looks like new from the outside. The inside shows zero writing and has just faint browning to a few isolated pages. It measures 5"x7-1/2" and is illustrated with six color illustrations rendered by J. Finnemore. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Everyman Summer 1974  Charles Bukowski, Harold Witt, Kirby Congdon Et al, Christopher Franke, Editor
16 Christopher Franke, Editor Everyman Summer 1974 Charles Bukowski, Harold Witt, Kirby Congdon Et al
Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Community College 1974 Card cover Very good 
Literary journals from colleges and universities are often interesting, especially when you find a name that belongs to a poet who went from student to revered. This issue has more than one famous poet. The first one I recognized was Charles Bukowski and then Harold Witt and Kirby Congdon. I have a hunch that there may be more. If I had time I would love googling them all. So in case a different name pops up to you I took a picture ofthe contents.The journal is top drawer and has art printed in black and white, but very attractive. The journal measures 7" x 10" and has 91 pages. This one is collectible. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Patterns of Contentment by Mary Alter Collins (Poetry 1938), Collins, Mary Alter
17 Collins, Mary Alter Patterns of Contentment by Mary Alter Collins (Poetry 1938)
Tarentum, Pennsylvania Self-published 1938 First Edition soft cover Good Condition Burchfield, Mary M. 
As far as I can tell, this poet, Mary Alter Collins, was not well-known, though she did win a poetry prize in 1940 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York for a poem titled First Pastures. She also provided the lyrics to a song titled Dreamer which was published by a Hollywood company. This poetry booklet was also reprinted later by a publishing company. The poems are augmented by beautiful art rendered by Mary M. Burchfield. There are two inscriptions here -- one from a nun to a woman named Jean on Christmas Day 1941. The second one was written by the poet to the same woman, Jean Hollmsworth and her mother "with love and and in appreciation of all the things you are doing and have done to make this world a more interesting and finer place to be. Mary A. Collins." Mary, the poet, handwrote additional poems on the blank pages at back, a thing Robert Frost did too! Booklet measures 5-3/4" x 8-3/4" and has 53 printed pages and several more with the handwritten poems. for the right person this is a gem. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (1958), Darbishire, Helen (editor)
18 Darbishire, Helen (editor) Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (1958)
London Oxford University 1958 First edition thus Hard Cover Very Good condition Good condition 
What a charming little book this is. A handsome gift book comprised of two journals kept by Dorothy Wordsworth who was the sister of the poet Wordsworth and his friend the poet Coleridge. The Alfoxden Journal was kept in 1798 while the Grasmere Journals spanned 1800-1803. Dorothy Wordsworth was a writer herself, so the journal is most pleasant to read. She speaks of everyday things and the beauty of the English countryside -- a very soothing book to pick up at the end of a stressful day. The charm of it also its size. Though not technically a miniature book, it still measures a diminutive 4"x 6" and has 264 pages which also includes her brother's shorter poems. It will arrive in a mylar cover to protect the dustjacket. The only fault is sunning to the spine. There is also a previous owner's name and the date written small on the front free endpaper for which I will provide a bookplate which the buyer can use,or not at, discretion. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Naming the Sky Poems by Carol Dine (poetry,1988), Dine, Carol
19 Dine, Carol Naming the Sky Poems by Carol Dine (poetry,1988)
Francistown, New Hampshire The Golden Quill Press 1988 0823304523 / 9780823304523 Hard cover Fine -- like new Fine, like new 
Crisp, as new book -- no names or writing and pristine inside and our. Poems are at once beautiful and devastating, especially as the poet writes of her painful relationship with her dying father and the experience of breast cancer (she was a three time survivor). Dine gives voice to loss in all its guises, but also to the terrible beauty of the natural world. Wonderful. 80 pages. O like this one very much. Dustjacket will arrive in brand new mylar. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Painted Bed: Poems, Donald Hall
20 Donald Hall The Painted Bed: Poems
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2002 0618187898 / 9780618187898 Frist Edition Hard cover Fine Fine 
I love poets, so I try to find new ones. This one isn't new, but I had never read him. He's been given poetry prizes including the National Book Critics Ciricle Award, the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America; and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The book contains 43 poems covering love, death, mourning, repossessing the old family home, history, old age, and the reemerging of eros.The book measures 6-1/4" x 9-1/2" and has 87 pages.The book is clean and bright and had no defect of note. The price has not bene clipped and the dust jacket will arrive in a brand new mylar cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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