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  • CONNECTICUT LEGEND. by Burt, Katherine B.
    Burt, Katherine B.

    Edition: First printing.

    Privately Printed, 1942. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A rather charming, long narrative poem relating to the quarries of Connecticut and two young men, both in love with the same woman. INSCRIBED by the author on the first blank page 'For .... to whom Dan's quarry is a home front' and dated in the year of publication. Woodcut illustration. A very nicely produced book, printed in an edition of only '200 copies on a specially made rag-paper at the Walpole Printing Office, Mount Vernon, New York.' 75 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in pale olive green cloth with cream and rust paper labels (some chipping to label on spine.)

    Book ID: 31302
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  • [Chaucer, Geoffrey] Frank, Robert Worth, Jr.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 972. dj, 1386. Hardcover first edition - A fresh and detailed assessment of Chaucer's "The Legend of Good Women" (probably begun in 1386, after he had finished 'Troilus and Criseyde' and before 'The Canterbury Tales'), a work almost unknown, usually ignored except for the prologue, and often dismissed as a 'fragmentary failure.' Yet according to Frank, this work, containing nine stories about such women of antiquity as Cleopatra, Dido, Thisbe, Ariadne. Lucrece, Medea and Hypermnestrae, also marked Chaucer's movement into pure narrative poetry - a move which culminated in his masterpiece. Index. ix, 219 pp. ISBN: 0-674111907.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 32602
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  • Clark, Kevin.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    (Pittsford NY): State Street Press Chapbooks, 1984. SIGNED first edition - Poet's first book, a small chapbook, published in a limited edition of only 400 copies. The powerful first poem in this book 'Widow Under a New Moon' became the title of his second chapbook. SIGNED by Clark on the title page and also INSCRIBED on the dedication page "For... that the wolf will articulate its howl in our work, Thanks" and dated in 1987. Designed and printed at the Visual Arts Workshop, Rochester, NY. Cover art by Janet Mardrosian. 29 pp.

    Condition: Fine in white stapled wrappers in an illustrated gray outer wrapper.

    Book ID: 36872
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  • BARABBAS: A Dramatic Narrative. by Field, Sara Bard.
    Field, Sara Bard.
    BARABBAS: A Dramatic Narrative.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1932. dj. Hardcover first edition - Long narrative epic poem by this San Francisco writer, telling the story of Barabbas, a tribute to the heroism and the nobility of the Jewish people. Dust jacket praise from Robinson Jeffers who describes it as 'jewelled with lovely imagery and shining words...a majestic poem." Endpaper maps of Mediterranean area with an inset of Plan of Jerusalem. x, 200.

    Condition: Very good+ in a good dust jacket (a rather lovely pale green cloth binding with dark blue lettering and silver stamped decorative panels, prev owner's name in pencil, dated 1933, edges of the covers slightly faded, dj is price-clipped, edgeworn.)

    Book ID: 39560
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  • THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS: Poems That Tell Stories. by Janeczko, Paul B., editor.
    Janeczko, Paul B., editor.
    THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS: Poems That Tell Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Orchard Books / Franklin Watts, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Poems which look at lives - from that of a little girl kidnapped by her father to a boy killed by Comanche Raiders in Texas in 18976, or Sophie Scholl, organizer of a student resistance movement in Nazi Germany. Contributors include Gary Soto, Brenda Hillman, Michael Petit, Gary Young, Garrett Hongo, Robert Pack, Rita Dove, and many others. Index of poets. 188 pp. ISBN: 0-531057577.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (name on front endpaper, short closed tears and edgewear to upper edge of dj)

    Book ID: 83871
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  • MOTHER SPEAKS. by Lecomte, Serge.
    Lecomte, Serge.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Portland, OR: Paper Radio Press, (1997). First edition - An uncommon collection of narrative poems, written in the first person voice of the author's mother, as he tells the story of her birth in Ukraine in 1925, growing up in a Stalinist orphanage, working as a slave laborer during World War II, and more. 87 pp. ISBN: 0-96509938.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74839
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  • McGrath, Thomas.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Swallow Press. (1970.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First publication of these two long poems in one volume (part I was originally published in 1962.) Covers 40 years of McGrath's life, including his childhood in North Dakota. Square format, 214 pp. ISBN: 0-804001855.

    Condition: Ex-library with a pocket and one stamp on top edge, but overall tight and clean in a very near fine , unmarked, dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37105
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  • McGrath, Thomas.

    Edition: First printing.

    Port Townsend: Copper Canyon, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The continuation and conclusion of McGrath's long narrative poem about the heartland of America, begun in 1962. 115 pp. ISBN: 0-914742-85x.

    Condition: Ex-library with few markings: sticker to front endpaper, one stamp on top edge. Overall tight and clean in a very near fine , unmarked, dust jacket. Uncommon in hardcover.

    Book ID: 37106
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  • THE SPELL OF THE YUKON. by Service, Robert.
    Service, Robert.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, nd (ca 1980, c. 1907, 1916.) dj. Hardcover - Originally published in 1906, this was one of the earliest and most popular collections of Service's verse - includes 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew,' 'The Cremation of Sam McGee.' 'Fighting Mac,' 'The March of the Dead,' 'The Law of the Yukon' and more. 126 pp. ISBN: 0-399-150110.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (gift inscription, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 54154
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