Pomander BOOKS

Pomander BOOKS We deal in modern poetry--out of print, first editions, and signed copies. And also, Edward Gorey. Contact us at [email protected]. By appointment only.

Most modern poetry was published by small, independent presses in very small editions, most of them now impossible to come by. This is what we specialize in, those hard to find limited books. Plus the collections subsequently published by the commercial presses. We also have a large selection of literary magazines where many of these poets first appeared. Almost all of our books are first editions in excellent condition, and many of them are signed. They may be seen by appointment--call first.


Robert Van Gulik. SEXUAL LIFE IN ANCIENT CHINA: A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from ca. 1500 B.C. Till 1644 A.D. E. J. Brill, 1961. A beautiful copy of Van Gulik's rare study of Chinese sexual and social life. Besides being a noted Sinologist, Van Gulik was also the author of the famed Judge Dee mysteries. The book is fine except for light discoloration at the very bottom of the front board ad spine. One corner is lightly bumped. The dust jacket is clean and bright. this is an exceptional copy of a scarce book. $250


Edward Gorey. THE WILLOWDALE HANDCAR or THE RETURN OF THE BLACK DOLL. Bobbs-Merrill, 1962. A beautiful first edition, signed by Gorey on the title page under his crossed-out name, as is usual. A fine copy. $375.00

We also have a signed first edition of the reissue by Dodd, Mead in 1979; it is a hardcover edition in dust jacket in excellent condition with just a bit of rubbing to the bottom of the boards and with a price-clipped dust jacket. $225.00


Ronald Firbank. TWO EARLY STORIES. Albondocani Press, 1971. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. One of the rarest of Gorey-illustrated books, this is #162 of only 200 copries printed for sale.
It is in French marbled wraps with a pasted-on label and is in fine condition with no defects. $425.00


John Hollander. REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE. Atheneum, 1976. 1st edition. A wonderful series of poems--as one reviewer had it: "a brilliant tour de force." The book is in fine condition; the dust jacket is near fine with one closed tear. $25.00


Marilyn Hacker. ASSUMPTIONS. Knopf, 1985. 1st edition. Hacker's fourth collection, signed by her. A fine copy. $40.00


Jack Gilbert. THE GREAT FIRES: Poems 1982-1992. Knopf, 1994. A pristine copy of the first edition, signed by Gilbert on the title page. $275.00


Paul Bowles. FOUR SONGS. Hot Bird MFG, Vol. 11, #9. Edited by Ray DiPalma in an edition of 100 copies, never distributed. Text by Paul Bowles, music by Ben Yarmolisky. Stapled sheets. New $30.00


John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, I. M. Rosenberg, Dave Smith. APPARITIONS. Lord John Press, 1981. 1st edition. Limited to 300 copies. A beautiful book, bouns in blue cloth, and signed by each of the poets at the beginning of his section. $95.00


John Ashbery. APRIL GALLEONS. Viking, 1987. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, signed by Ashbery. $65.00


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