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Mason, R. A. K.; With An Introduction By Allen Curnow Listings

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1 Mason, R. A. K.; with an introduction by Allen Curnow Collected Poems
Christchurch Pegasus Press (1971) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Dust wrapper in plastic jacket taped to boards. Adhesive tape along gutters at hinges. ; 113 pages. New Zealand poet. ; 8vo 
Price: 20.80 NZD
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2 Mason, R. A. K.; with an Introduction by Allen Curnow Collected Poems
Christchurch Pegasus Press (1975) Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to spine.; 1975 reprint of the 1971 "New Edition". 113 pages. Cover title: "R. A. K. Mason 1905-71 - Definitive Edition - Collected Poems". New Zealand poet. Mason died in 1971. " Housman most obviously attracted him and a comparison between the two has often been made." - Times Literary Supplement, review quoted on rear wrapper. ; 8vo 
Price: 35.10 NZD
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3 Mason, R. A. K. Collected Poems
Christchurch The Pegasus Press (1962) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Dampstain to upper margin of dustjacket. Some small chips to upper margin of dustjacket. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; This copy with a leaf of paper inscribed by the author loosely included, signed with the author's initials: "Shirley with all best wishes for 'John' R.A.K.M. 9/10/62". 113 pages. Red boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 216 x 139mm. New Zealand poet. With an introduction by Allen Curnow. ; 8vo 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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4 Mason, R. A. K. No New Thing
Auckland The Spearhead Publishers 1934 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Moderate rubbing and flecking to cloth boards and spine. A 1/4" chip to cloth in front joint. Some foxing.; A shining star in the milky way of New Zealand literature. This copy is signed by Mason on the front free endpaper "R. A. K. Mason". 30 leaves. Brown cloth boards with printed paper labels on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 227 x 145mm. An edition of 120 copies was intended by the publishers. Mason had first sought for overseas publishers for this work, including Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press in the United Kingdom. Spearhead Publishers, also to become known as the Unicorn Press, was set up by Mason and Bob Lowry in 1934. After Mason left in 1936, Lowry carried on the imprint with other partners. "He's a crack-brained socialist, with some literary ability [. . .]" - Bob Lowry, discussing Mason in a letter to Denis Glover. This title is number 46 on The Listener's list of the best 50 New Zealand books. Scarce. [Reference: Jones, Lawrence (2003),"Picking up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary Culture 1932-1945", p. 30; Barrowman, Rachel (2003), "Mason: The Life of R. A. K. Mason"; Braunias, Steve (2004) "The 50 Best New Zealand Books"; Bagnall M1280.] ; 8vo; Signed by Author 
Price: 1560.00 NZD
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5 Mason, R. A. K. This Dark Will Lighten: Selected Poems 1923-41
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1941 First Edition Softcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Ex-school library "Reefton District High School". "1945" rubber date stamp on front endpaper. Library stamps and markings. Inner margins of covers trimmed, with spine covered with green cloth tape. Complete, with library markins confined to the covers and the endpapers. A good reading copy. ; [x], xxxvii, [2] pages. Printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 211 x 135mm. New Zealand poet. Poetry. "Shakespeare Milton Keats are dead / Donne lies in a lowly bed [. . .] Housman neither knows nor cares / how 'this heavy world' now fares [. . .] They are gone and I am here / stoutly bringing up the rear // Where they went with limber ease / toil I on with bloody knees // Though my voice is cracked and harsh / stoutly in the rear I march [. . .]" - from the poem "Song of Allegiance", page xv. ; 8vo 
Price: 33.80 NZD
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