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Leicester: Edgar Backus. Illustrated by Anthony Rado. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. THE BOOK: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048-1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts per line, hence the word rubáiyát (derived from the Arabic language root for "four"), meaning "quatrains". (Source: Wikipedia) (Book ref. 001322)
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Leicester: Edgar Backus. Illustrated by Anthony Rado. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. CONDITION: Text and the eight colour illustrations are clean and bright. Binding tight. Neatly penned inscription on front free endpaper. Clipped dustjacket is almost entire with just a slight loss at base of spine and tears at the corners (see photo) - it is now in a protective, clear sleeve. THE BOOK: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048-1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts per line, hence the word rubáiyát (derived from the Arabic language root for "four"), meaning "quatrains". (Source: Wikipedia) (Book ref. 001320)
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Oxford: Macmillan (Clarendon Press), 1875. 4th Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good Minus. Covers a little worn, with split to cloth at rear of spine. Binding shaky but holding. Interior is clean and bright and free from foxing. (Book ref. 001160)
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Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1925. 3rd Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. Some marks to the covers but the interior is clean and bright. An attractive copy. (Book ref. 001158)
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London: Faber & Faber, 1969. First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good Minus. PUBLISHING DETAILS: A signed, true first printing of Nobel Laureat Seamus Heaney's second collection, published by Faber and Faber of London in 1969. 56 pages featuring 34 poems. Size; 22 x 15 cms (9" x 6"). Weight; 255g (9 ozs). CONDITION: I would rate the book and dustjacket as good. The book is ex library, with stamps and stickers to the prelims (and a stamp on p.30) plus an interesting contemporary cutting with a commentary on the book by Heaney himself. The binding remains tight and secure save for cracking to an endpaper. Importantly, the text of the poems is clean and bright overall. Seamus Heany has signed and dated on paper, which has been affixed to the title page (see photo). The unclipped dustjacket and its clear protective sleeve have been taped to the book and remain generally clean and bright, though with some tape yellowing. This rare signed first edition has been priced to reflect this condition and to entice the collector on a budget. BOOK DESCRIPTION: This was Heaney's follow-up to his first collection, 'Death of a Naturalist' and was published in 1969 when the poet was only 30 years old. Here again, Heaney's work deals with the local - that is, his surroundings in Ireland, particularly in Northern Ireland, where he was born. Allusions to sectarian difference can be found in his poems, but these are never predominant or strident. His poetry is not often overtly political or militant, and is far more concerned with profound observations of the small details of the everyday. Despite the inherently Irish flavour of his language, Heaney is a universal poet, admired in every country and every other linguistic tradition. His influence on contemporary poetry is immense. Robert Lowell called him "the most important Irish poet since Yeats." A good many others have echoed the sentiment. His books are said to make up two-thirds of the sales of living poets in the UK. (Book ref. 000925)
London: Chatto & Windus, 1946. First Thus. Original Cloth. Very Good. This collection from Huxley includes poems from 'Leda' published in 1920, 'Selected Poems' from 1925, 'The Cicadas', from 1931 and, too, the three-act play 'The World of Light', also from 1931. It forms part of The Collected Works of Aldous Huxley series and measures approx. 7.5" x 5", has 246 pages (uncut at the bottom edge) and weighs 310g. I would rate the condition of the book as very good and that of the dustjacket as very good minus. The covers of the book are clean and sound, the binding tight and the text clean and bright. The unclipped jacket is clean and complete save for a loss of some 25mm to the top of the spine and there is a 25mm closed tear to the back cover. Still, an attractive copy of this fine book from Huxley. (Book ref. 000409)
New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995. Illustrated by Barry Moser. First Edition, First Impression. Original Cloth. As New. In a spine-chilling novel that echoes his award-winning book 'The Iron Man', Ted Hughes tells a scary and mesmerizing tale. Barry Moser contributes engravings that capture all the excitement of the powerful story. This first edition, first impression is sized approx. 24 x 16 cms (9.5" x 6") and has 109 pages. The condition of the book and dustjacket, in my opinion, is mint/mint, respectively. They are like new. (Book ref. 000212)