Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILLIAMS (Charles). Divorce. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1920. Half-title not called for; green rough buckram, ruled gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

The first issue, with ‘Milford' not ‘Oxford' as the spine imprint. Poems.

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WILLIAMS (Charles). The house Of the octopus. London: Edinburgh House Press, 2 Eaton Gate, S.W.1, 1945. Post 8vo; light sea-green cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine. Gilt on spine somewhat oxydised; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WILLIAMS (Emlyn). A month in the Country. A Comedy By Ivan Turgenev Adapted into English by Emlyn Williams. William Heinemann Ltd, 1943. Blank before half-title, blank at end, serving as paste-downs; light green cloth blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, lettered black up spine. Near-fine in frayed dust-wrapper.



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WILLIAMS (Emlyn). The druid's rest: A Comedy in Three Acts. William Heinemann Ltd, 1944. Post 8vo; fawn printer's waste wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on sides; made up without end-papers. Wrappers slightly dusty; otherwise a very nice copy.

Proof copy, so designated on front wrapper.

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WILLIAMS (Emlyn). Spring, 1600: A Comedy in Three Acts. William Heinemann Ltd., 1946. Pale green buckram blocked with publisher's device and lettered black up spine. Lightly marked up in ink for a production, otherwise a nice copy.



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WILLIAMS (John Hartley). Hidden identities. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1982. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[64]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in Wedgwood blue, black, and brown. Fine copy.

A volume in ‘The Phoenix Living Poets' series.

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WILLIAMS (Tennessee). The Glass Menagerie. A Play in Two Acts. John Lehmann, 1948. Title-page printed in red and black; blue cloth ruled and lettered gilt and gilt on black on spine. Near fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

The first edition of this revision of the text, and the first English edition of the play. The volume includes an Introduction by the author not previously collected in book form.

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WILLIAMS (Tennessee). The night Of the iguana. A New Directions Book, 1962. Frontispiece; black cloth lettered green down spine. A near-fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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WILSON (Sandy). The boy friend: a Play in Three Acts. With a Preface by Vida Hope And Illustrations by the author. Andre Deutsch, 1955. Demy 8vo; double-sided frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; leaf bearing illustration on recto, blank on verso, at end; pp.126 (including frontispiece)+[ii]; light blue beaded fine linen textured boards, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt on spine; t.e. pink; pink end-papers printed with illustrations by the author in dark blue. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.



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WILSON (T.P. Cameron). Magpies In Picardy. 1919, The Poetry Bookshop, 35 Devonshire Street, Theobald's Road, W.C.1. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; quarter charcoal cloth, very pale grey boards, front board printed with a design in black, cream paper labels printed in black on front cover and spine. Very slight marking of back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes a two page Introduction by Harold Monro (signed H.M.). The author was killed in action in 1918. This is his only volume of verse, though he published also one novel. The present volume was issued on May 15th, 1919.

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WOLFE (Humbert). Shylock reasons with Mr. Chesterton And other poems. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1920. Imp.16mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.64; blue rough buckram lettered and blocked gilt up flat spine; a.e. uncut. Fine, unopened.

Wolfe's second book.

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WOLFE (Humbert). News of the Devil. Ernest Benn Limited, 1926. Pp.[40]; charcoal rough cloth, pale blue-green spine label printed up in black. Fine copy in minutely nicked dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

One of an edition limited to 265 signed copies (250 for sale).

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WOLFE (Humbert). Others abide. Ernest Benn Limited, 1927. Narrow demy 8vo; advertisement leaf follows half-title page; Holland boards, orange spine label printed in black. Label slightly frayed, and boards dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

Verse translations from the Greek Anthology. [1982].

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WOLFE (Humbert). Veni creator! Privately printed, [on colophon:] Christmas 1927. Roy.16mo format, 12pp., sewn as a single gathering, and cased in heavy boards covered inside and out in white paper printed with a design in salmon pink; issued without backstrip; blank before title-page; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; printed throughout in red and black; three small art deco decorations on text-paper; issued without end-papers. Slight offsetting from boards onto facing blanks, otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Privately printed for the friends of Humbert Wolfe, as a Christmas greeting, and with Wolfe's signed holograph inscription, dated Christmas 1927, on the front blank.

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WOLFE (Humbert). The Uncelestial city. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1930. Post 8vo; imprint leaf at end; brown rough cloth, deep yellow spine label printed in black. Title-opening slightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

With Wolfe's signature and the date ‘May 15 30' on the front end-paper. The otherwise blank imprint leaf bears a ms. fair copy of Wolfe's ‘A last poem. 1940', which was written a few days before his death. It is printed in a shaky hand, somewhat resembling Wolfe's, and differs in one or two small respects from the version later published in ‘The Times'. Possibly Wolfe's own copy of the volume. Loosely laid in are a number of subsequent newspaper clippings, including the printed version of ‘A Last Poem', Wolfe's ‘Times' obituary, and a copy of Rothenstein's portrait, together with a copy of the ‘Order of Service' for Wolfe's funeral (this folded in half).

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WOLFE (Humbert). X at Oberammergau: A poem. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1935. Quarter black cloth, cream spine label lettered in black, glazed black and gold boards. Boards worn on edges, and very slightly marked, but a very nice copy, nonetheless.



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WOLFE (Humbert). Cyrano de Bergerac: A Translation of Edmond Rostand's play. Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., London, N.D. [1937]. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; portrait frontispiece after an engraving; pp.219+[v]; buff cloth lettered dull purple on front cover and spine. A very little very light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

A verse translation made for the Alexander Korda film. Includes an interesting and amusing 45pp. Preface discussing the problems of translation and Wolfe's attitude to the film industry. From the library of dramatic critic J.C.Trewin, with his signature on the front end-paper.

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WOLFE (Humbert). Out of great Tribulation. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; cream fine linen grain cloth, deep orange spine label printed in black. Relevant newspaper clippings (portrait of Wolfe after Sir William Rothenstein, verse obituary tribute signed ‘V.G.G.', two obituaries and ‘A Last Poem', on Ireland, from ‘The Observer') tipped on to end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and darkened dust-wrapper.

Loosely laid in is the carbon typescript of a twelve line poem by Wolfe, ‘From "Denmark"', signed by him in pencil at the foot.

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WOOD (Ireland). "Charity begins--" A Comedy in Three Acts By Ireland Wood From a Story by Richmal Crompton. Copyright, 1936, by Samuel French, Ltd. Samuel French, Ltd., 26 Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C.2.; 59 Cross Street, Manchester. Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, U.S.A. 811 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, Cal. Samuel French (Canada), Ltd., 480 University Avenue, Toronto, N.D. [1936]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; one diagram in text; pp.84; pale grey-green linen-textured wrappers, cut flush, printed in dark purple. Nice copy.

Issued as No.1787 of French's acting Edition. First produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London, W.C.2, on January 12th, 1936.

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WOODS (Margaret L.). Poems Old and new. John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1907. Cancel title and half-title leaves; 2pp. integral Macmillan advertisements at end; quarter Holland, lettered navy blue on spine, pale green linen grain boards; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Near-fine, unopened, copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.

The second issue, with cancel Bodley Head prelims., casing, and dust-wrapper. The book originally appeared under the Macmillan imprint in October 1907. This issue apparently dates from c.1915.

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WORNER (Philip). Way out: Verse. 1975, [Privately printed for the author, but, according to green paper slip folded into back cover:] available from The S.P.C.K. Bookshop, 105 High Street, Worcester. Demy 8vo format, 40pp., wire-stitched into sand coloured plain wrappers, cut flush, and sand coloured self-wrappers, printed on front and inside flaps in black; blank before half-title; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

First edition, second impression, so designated on verso of title-page. Presentation copy from the author, with an ALS to D.J. Enright loosely laid in.

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WRIGHT (David). [Cover title:] Crescendo poetry series No 4. Moral stories. Feb I 1952. Printed and Published at The Latin Press, Saint Ives, The Private Press of Guido Morris. One 8vo gathering, sewn; a.e. uncut. Fine copy.

Printed on duck-egg blue Abbey Mills paper.

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WRIGHT (David). Moral Stories. Derek Verschoyle, London, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.42+[ii]; light brown boards printed in black on front cover and down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The second regularly published volume of verse by this deaf South African born poet. Drops one of the nine poems in the pamphlet of the same title printed by Guido Morris at his private press in 1952, and adds a further twenty-two poems here first collected.

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WRIGHT (David). Nerve ends. Hodder and Stoughton, 1969. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.64, unpaginated; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in scarlet and black with a design by Patrick Swift, who collaborated with Wright in his travel book ‘Minho and North Portugal'. Nice copy.



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WRIGHT (David). Metrical Observations. Carcanet New Press Limited, 1980. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; three blanks at end; pp.41+[vii]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in pale and dark brown, the cover design by Sue Richards. Fine copy.



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WRIGHT (S. Fowler). The riding Of Lancelot. 1929, Fowler Wright, Ltd., 240, High Holborn. Super roy.8vo in half sheets; blank before half-title; pp.[vi]+[82]; quarter white buckram, ruled gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, grey-green watered silk striped sides, embossed with a pattern of fleurs-de-lis and dotted rules, blind; t.e. yellow, others uncut. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Printed throughout on thick Japanese vellum. One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies. Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front blank. A very striking book.

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YEATS (W.B.). Poems. T. Fisher Unwin, 1904. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; blank at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+301+[i (printer's imprint)]+[2]; navy blue buckram blocked gilt on back cover, ruled and very elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Ownership inscription cut from front end-paper; one or two very small light pencil notes in margins; otherwise a fine copy, the extravagant binding design in extremely fine, bright state.

The ordinary issue, in cloth: the book was also issued in full vellum, similarly blocked. Originally published in 1895, reprinted with revisions in 1898, and with an added preface in 1901, the present edition including a further short preface, here first printed. The binding design was by Althea Gyles.

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YEATS (W.B.). [Cover title:] Three things. Drawings by Gilbert Spencer. [On back wrapper:] Published by Faber & Faber Limited, N.D. [1929]. One half-sheet, cr.8vo, sewn into powder-blue wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, and folded over blank outer leaves; one illustration on cover, printed in black, one on p.[3], printed in black, brownish grey, and flesh. Wrappers very slightly faded at edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Printed at The Curwen Press. Uncorrected Proof Copy, differing from the published version by being slightly taller, by the wrappers being powder-blue instead of duck-egg blue, and in the punctuation of the penultimate line of each stanza (almost certainly an authorial change: for Yeats's tinkering here, v. the Variorum ‘Poems'). Cf.Wade, 166.

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YEATS (W.B.). The Winding stair And other poems. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1933. Blank before half-title, blank at end; errata slip tipped in before p.85; olive green cloth, blocked blind on front cover, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Gilt slightly rubbed at tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Connolly, Modern Movement, 56(b). The elaborate cover design is by T. Sturge Moore.

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YEVTUSHENKO (Yevgeny). Stolen Apples. Poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko With English adaptations by James Dickey, Geoffrey Dutton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anthony Kahn, Stanley Kunitz, George Reavey, John Updike, Richard Wilbur. 1972, W.H. Allen, A Division of Howard & Wyndham. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[xxiv]+328; decorated title-page and decorated fly-title to each section; olive boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered down spine in gilt. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Dual language texts. The poet's own selection from his work.

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YOUNG (Andrew). The Green Man. Jonathan Cape, 1947. Blank before half-title, final blank; quarter green cloth lettered brown up spine, cream boards printed in green and gold. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly rubbed on spine.



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YOUNG (Francis Brett). The island. William Heinemann Ltd, 1944. Title-page printed in carmine and black; blue buckram blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine. Inscription partly erased from front end-paper, one tape mark on back paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

An immense poem drawing for its subject matter upon the history of England from pre-historic times until the Battle of Britain, and occupying 551 rather crowded pages.

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ZANGWILL (Israel). Too much money: A farcical comedy in Three acts. William Heinemann Ltd., N.D. [1924]. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; orange buckram lettered black on spine and front cover, publisher's monogram in black on back cover. Covers slightly marked, very faint rubber stamp ‘Reference Copy' on back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy to Cyril Hogg, with the author's signed presentation inscription dated Nov 17/24 on front end-paper. [1982].

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ZANGWILL (Israel). We moderns: A post-war comedy in three movements (Allegro, andante, adagio). With an afterword and appendix by The author. William Heinemann, 1926. Short demy 8vo; blank before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; green boards, flat spine, paper spine label printed in green. Fore-edges foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and darkened dust-wrapper.



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