Poetry & Drama
Poetry and drama from Sappho to today, including poets of the Harlem Renaissance.
Walt Whitman; Clifton Furness, ed. Walt Whitman’s Workshop: A Collection of Unpublished Manuscripts. First Edition, First Printing. Very Good.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1928. First Edition, First Printing. 1/4 cloth. Very Good. First printing. Very Good. This edition is limited to 750 copies and the type has been distributed. Unnumbered copy. Quarter cloth leather spine with grey paper boards. Corners wearing, leather missing 1/8″ at head of spine. Leather has a long thin indentation on front. Raised bands. Pp. 1-10 have small, uniform chip on lower right. Cream endpapers. Pages untrimmed, clean and sound. Thick paper. Embossed English department stamp, no other markings, not ex-library. 265 pp. including notes. Small quarto, 8 x 11 inches tall. Includes facsimiles of Whitman’s original MS and letters.
William Shakespeare; John C. Tarr. Twelve Sonnets. First Edition Thus, Limited. Fine.
Berkeley: Turtle’s Quill Scriptorium, 1974. First Edition Thus, Limited. Stiff wraps. Fine. Joyce Alexander; Dorsey Alexander. A fine limited edition. One of 75 numbered copies. This copy is unnumbered (blank where the number would be inscribed). Green stiff paper wraps. Sienna end papers. Illustrations by Joyce Alexander. Calligraphy by Dorsey Alexander.  pp. Octavo, 6 x 9 inches tall.
Carlo Porta; Tommaso Grossi; Pietro Steppani. Poesie edite in dialetto milanese di Carlo Porta. Ricorrette sul testo coll’aggiunta di due componimenti di Tommaso Grossi. Reprint. Very good +
Italia, 1841. Reprint. Three-quarter leather. Very good +. A very good plus copy of Porta’s (1775-1821) poetry in the Milanese, with and appendix of poetry by Steppani. Brown and yellow marbled boards over 3/4 tan leather. All edges painted blue speckled. Cream endpapers showing offset. Foxing to pages. Binding is sturdy and square. 202 pp. plus an appendix of 14 pp. of poetry by Pietro Steppani in script from 1815. Followed by 30 blank pages, as if inviting notes or the reader’s own compositions. 18mo, 4 1/4 x 6 inches tall. Carlo Porta (June 15, 1775 – January 5, 1821) was an Italian poet, the most famous writer in Milanese (the central dialect of the Western Lombard language)…. Porta began to write poems in 1790, although few of them were published before 1810. In 1804-1805 he worked at a Milanese translation of the Divine Comedy, which he, however, left unfinished. In these years the progressive group that formed round him and called themselves the “Cameretta Portiana” …