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COLLECTED POEMS

COLLECTED POEMS

LARKIN, Philip; edited THWAITE, Anthony First edition, first printing. An inscribed presentation copy from the editor, Anthony Thwaite to Edwin Dawes, Larkin's friend and a founder of the Philip Larkin Society with, in addition, a loosely laid in typed letter from Thwaite to Dawes. With Dawes' distinctive bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Original dark olive cloth with white lettering to the spine, in the dustwrapper with Sue Linney's drawing of Larkin to the front panel. A fine, bright copy, the binding tight and square, the contents clean throughout. Complete with the fine dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£16.95 to the front flap). A lovely association copy of a volume notably scarce in signed or inscribed state. Inscribed by the editor, Anthony Thwaite, to the front free endpaper, "for Eddie from Anthony Thwaite / signed at a / celebration of Philip / Larkin, Brynmor Jones Library [Larkin's library at Hull], / October 13 1988.". Also laid in to this copy is a typed letter (signed by hand) from Thwaite to Dawes dated June 2, 2010, apologising for being unable to attend that year's Larkin Society AGM following a recent bout of "atypical pneumonia". The recipient, Edwin Dawes (1925-2023) was Reckitt Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Hull, later serving as the University's Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean of Science, and also Chair of the Library Committee. Dawes first knew Larkin in the latter's capacity as chief librarian at the university, but they soon became good friends. Dawes was also a founder and chairman of the (posthumous) Larkin Society. He was also an award-winning magician and historian of magic, which explains his Ex Libris bookplate showing an alchemist presiding over a steaming concoction with, at his left hand, a copy of Giovanni Battista Della Porta's 1558 'Natural Magick' (the figure bears an uncanny resemblance to Sigmund Freud). The design, he later explained, married his two passions of science and magic. This posthumous collection, which presents all Larkin's published poems (and a selection previously unpublished) in chronological order of composition, was edited by Larkin's friend and fellow poet, Anthony Thwaite. It was later ousted by a less comprehensive (if more immediately user-friendly) edition, also edited by Thwaite, which printed the contents of each of the poet's four published collections intact, with some uncollected poems tucked away in appendices. Both versions have their adherents. Larkin arranged his slim volumes very carefully, so it's good to have the poems printed that way. This original edition, however, prints the date of composition at the foot of every poem (the dates drawn from the poet's manuscript notebooks), allowing the reader to witness the growth of a great poet. It includes an appendix indicating the ordering of the individual volumes, along with relevant page numbers. Published on 10th October 1988, 11,563 copies of this first impression were printed. Such was the appetite for a Collected Larkin, a further 8460 copies had to be printed later the same month (and another 12,700 the following month). (Bloomfield A19) Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
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ON THE PHYSICAL CONDITIONS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF ARTILLARY: With an Invstigation of the Relative and Absolute Values of the Materials Principally Employed, and some Hitherto Unexplained Causes of the Destruction of Cannon in Service.

First edition in book form, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth, ornamental borders in blind, circular decoration in gilt to the upper board, titles in gilt to the spine. Quarto. 283pp. Brown coated endpapers. Illustrated with nine full page lithographic plates and 13 diagrams throughout the text. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with some bumping and minor fraying to the extremities, the cloth a little darkened or marked in places. The contents are clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Scarce. Robert Mallett (1810–1881), civil engineer and scientific investigator, son of John Mallet of Devonshire, who settled in Dublin as an iron, brass, and copper founder, was born in Dublin 3 June 1810. He entered Trinity College in December 1826, graduated B.A. 1830, and M.A. and master in engineering 1862. In 1831 he became a partner in his father's works, assuming the charge of the Victoria foundry, and expanding it into a large concern, which ultimately absorbed all the engineering works of note in Ireland. One of his first undertakings was raising and sustaining the roof of St. George's Church, Dublin, a massive construction weighing 133 tons; for this work he was in 1841 awarded the Walker premium by the Institution of Civil Engineers. For Guinness & Co., the brewers, he bored an artesian well, besides constructing steam barrel-washing machines and large sky coolers. In 1836 he built a number of swivel bridges over the Shannon. In May 1839 he was elected as associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was made a member in 1842. He next turned his attention to the supply of water to Dublin, and surveyed the river Dodder in 1841 at his own expense, with a view to furnishing a supply of pure water, and of procuring water for the paper-mills in summer-time. Between 1845 and 1848 he erected many terminal railway stations, engine sheds, and workshops, besides the Nore viaduct, a bridge 200 feet in span, with girders of 22 feet in depth. The Fastnet Rock lighthouse was built by him in 1848–9. From 1850 to 1856 Mallet worked on the design of heavy guns. With his comprehensive account entitled 'The Physical Conditions Involved in the Construction of Artillery, With an Investigation of the Relative and Absolute Values of the Materials Principally Employed, and of some Hitherto Unexplained Causes of the Destruction of Cannon in Service' (Dublin and London, 1856), he created a basis for later books on ordnance and on casting and founding. He edited the 'Practical Mechanic's Journal,' 1865–9, 4 vols., contributed largely to the 'Engineer,' and gave evidence as a scientific witness in patent cases. The 'Catalogue of Scientific Papers' contains the titles of seventy-four of his papers. He wrote on the action of water on iron, on alloys of copper with tin and zinc, on atmospheric railways, on the application of water power, on fouling of iron ships, on earthquakes, and volcanoes. The Telford medal and premium of the Institution of Civil Engineers was awarded him in 1859, the Cunningham medal of the Royal Irish Academy in 1862, and the Wollaston gold medal of the Geological Society in 1877. He died at Enmore, The Grove, Clapham Road, Surrey, on 5 Nov. 1881. (DNB). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
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ANTECKNINGAR FRÅN EN Ö. [English title: Notes from an Island].

First edition. Signed by the author. Publisher's original blue cloth with white titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Text in Swedish. Illustrated with sepia washes and aquatints by Tuulikki Pietila throughout. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm with a little bumping at the the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's marks. Complete with the rubbed and lightly marked dustwrapper that has a little laminate lift to the bottom corner of the front panel. Inscribed by Tove Jansson "Till Bo / au Tove och" next to which Tuulikki Pietilä has signed her name and added the date "12.4.1996". The recipient is the Finland Swedish poet and author Bo Carpelan (1926-2011). A wonderful association copy. In the bitter winds of autumn 1963, Tove Jansson, helped by a maverick fisherman named Brumström, raced to build a cabin on a treeless skerry in the Gulf of Finland. The island was Klovharun, and for thirty summers Tove and her beloved partner, the graphic artist, Tuulikki Pietilä, retreated there to live, paint and write, energised by the solitude and shifting seascapes. The book is both a chronicle of this period and a homage to the mature love that Tove and 'Tooti' shared for their island and for each other. Tove's spare prose, and Tuulikki's subtle washes and aquatints combine to form a work of meditative beauty. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.