Books I'd Like to Own
Odd volumes to Complete a Set

  • Russell Haley (1934-2016)
  • Craig Harrison (1942- )
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  • Penguin Modern European Poets (1958-84)
  • T. G. H. Strehlow (1908–1978)
  • Henry Torrens (1806–1852)
  • Henry Weber (1783-1816)
  • P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975)
  • Frances A. Yates (1899-1981)

    Russell Haley (1934-2016)

  1. Haley, Russell. Tomorrow Tastes Better. Auckland: HarperCollins New Zealand, 2001.
    The foremost Yorkshire surrealist in New Zealand (C. K. Stead).

  2. Craig Harrison (1942- )

  3. Harrison, Craig. The Quiet Earth. Auckland: Hodder and Stoughton, 1981.
    NZ Sci-fi: The first edition is difficult to find.

  4. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  5. Kipling, Rudyard. A Fleet in Being. 1898.
  6. Kipling, Rudyard. France at War. 1915.
  7. Kipling, Rudyard. The New Army in Training. 1915.
  8. Kipling, Rudyard. The War in the Mountains. 1917.
  9. Kipling, Rudyard. The Eyes of Asia. 1917.
  10. Kipling, Rudyard. The Irish Guards in the Great War. 1923.
  11. Kipling, Rudyard. Souvenirs of France. 1933.
  12. Kipling, Rudyard. Collected Dog Stories. 1934.
  13. Kipling, Rudyard. Brazilian Sketches. 1938.
  14. Kipling, Rudyard. Sussex Edition. 30 vols. 1937-40.
  15. Pinney, Thomas, ed. Kipling's India: Uncollected Sketches (1884-1888). 1986.
  16. Pinney, Thomas, ed. A Second Book of Words: Some uncollected speeches (1884-1935). 2008.
  17. Mostly available on the Kipling Society's New Readers' Guide site, but still desirable.

    Penguin Modern European Poets

  18. Cendrars, Blaise. Selected Poems. Trans. Peter Hoida. Introduction by Mary Ann Caws. Penguin Modern European Poets. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979.
  19. I have copies of a great many of these, but not Cendrars.

    T. G. H. Strehlow (1908–1978)

  20. Strehlow, T. G. H. Songs of Central Australia. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1971.
    Incredibly, terrifyingly rare - but fascinating.

  21. Henry Whitelock Torrens (1806–1852)

  22. Torrens, Henry, trans. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. Calcutta: W. Thacker & Co., 1838.
    The first attempt (in English) at a complete translation of the Nights.

  23. Henry Weber (1783-1816)

  24. Weber, Henry, ed. Tales from the East. 3 vols. Edinburgh: James Ballantyne, 1812.
    A compendium of "Oriental Tales" from a variety of disparate sources.

  25. P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975)

  26. Wodehouse, P. G. William Tell Told Again. 1904.
  27. Wodehouse, P. G. Love Among the Chickens. 1906.
  28. Wodehouse, P. G. Not George Washington. 1907.
  29. Wodehouse, P. G. The Globe 'By the Way' Book. 1908.
  30. Wodehouse, P. G. The Swoop! 1909.
  31. Wodehouse, P. G. The Prince and Betty. 1912.
  32. Wodehouse, P. G. Jill the Reckless. 1921.
  33. Wodehouse, P. G. If I Were You. 1931.
  34. Wodehouse, P. G. Louder and Funnier. 1932.
  35. Wodehouse, P. G. Nothing Serious. 1950.
  36. Wodehouse, P. G. A Few Quick Ones. 1959.
  37. Wodehouse, P. G. The Girl in Blue. 1970.
    These are definitely of secondary interest only, but it seemed convenient to list here the Wodehouses I haven't managed to find as yet (at a reasonable price, at any rate).

  38. Frances A. Yates (1899-1981)

  39. Yates, Frances A. John Florio: The Life of an Italian in Shakespeare's England. 1934. New York: Octagon Press, 1968.
  40. Yates, Frances A. The French Academies of the Sixteenth Century. London: University of London Press, 1947.
  41. Yates, Frances A. The Valois Tapestries. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1959.
  42. Yates, Frances A., ed. Simon Bouquet's La ioyeuse Entree de Charles IX Roy de France en Paris, 1572. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.
  43. Yates, Frances A. Renaissance and Reform: The Italian Contribution. Collected Essays, Volume 2. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983.
  44. Yates, Frances A. Ideas and Ideals in the North European Renaissance. Collected Essays, Volume 3. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984.
    Any editions or reprints of these books will do: Firsts or otherwise.

  • Lord Byron (1788-1824): Letters and Journals (12 vols - 1974-82)
  • Poetry New Zealand (6 vols - 1970-84)
  • Poetry NZ (48 vols - 1990-2014)
  • Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Twickenham Edition (11 vols - 1940-1969)
  • Marcel Proust (1871-1922): Selected Letters (4 vols - 1983-2000)
  • Virginia Woolf (1882-19241): Collected Essays (6 vols - 1986-2009)
  • W. B. Yeats (1865-1939): The Collected Works (14 vols - 1983- )

I've marked in bold the ones I already own:

Alexander Pope: Twickenham Edition (1973-1994)

    Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  1. Byron, George Gordon, Lord. ‘What comes uppermost’. Byron's Letters and Journals. Vol. 13: Supplementary Materials. Ed. Leslie A. Marchand. London: John Murray / Harvard University: Belknap Press, 1994.

  2. Poetry New Zealand (1971-1984):

  3. Poetry New Zealand 4 (1979), ed. Frank McKay (Dunedin: John McIndoe Limited).

  4. Poetry New Zealand 5 (1982), ed. Frank McKay (Dunedin: John McIndoe Limited).

  5. Poetry NZ (1990-2014):

  6. Poetry NZ 1 (1990), ed. David Drummond (Auckland: Brick Row).

  7. Poetry NZ 7 (1993), ed. Bernard Gadd (Auckland: Brick Row).

  8. Poetry NZ 13 (1996), ed. Alistair Paterson (Auckland: Brick Row).

  9. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  10. Pope, Alexander. The Twickenham Edition of the Poems of Alexander Pope. Ed. John Butt. 11 [=12] vols (London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. / New Haven: Yale University Press, 1940-69):
    1. Volume I: Pastoral Poetry and An Essay on Criticism. Ed. E. Audra & Aubrey Williams (1961)
    2. Volume II: The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems. Ed. Geoffrey Tillotson (1940)
    3. Volume III (i): An Essay on Man. Ed. Maynard Mack (1950)
    4. Volume III (ii): Epistles to Several Persons (Moral Essays). Ed. F. W. Bateson (1951)
    5. Volume IV: Imitations of Horace with An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot and the Epilogue to the Satires. Ed. John Butt (1939)
    6. Volume V: The Dunciad. Ed. James Sutherland (1943)
    7. Volume VI: Minor Poems. Ed. Norman Ault & John Butt (1957)
    8. Volume VII-VIII: The Iliad of Homer. Ed. Maynard Mack (1967)
    9. Volume IX-X: The Odyssey of Homer. Ed. Maynard Mack (1967)
    10. Volume XI: Index

  11. Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  12. Proust, Marcel. Selected Letters. Ed. Philip Kolb. 4 vols (1983- 2000):
    • Volume One: 1880-1903. Trans. Ralph Manheim. Introduction by J. M. Cocking. 1983. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.
    • Volume Two: 1904-1909. Trans. Terence Kilmartin. London: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1989.
    • Volume Three: 1910-1917. Trans. Terence Kilmartin. London: HarperCollins, 1992.
    • Volume Four: 1910-1917. Trans. Joanna Kilmartin. Foreword by Alain De Botton. London: HarperCollins, 2000.

  13. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

  14. Woolf, Virginia. Collected Essays. Ed. Andrew McNeillie & Stuart N. Clarke. 6 Vols. The Hogarth Press, 1986-2009.
    • Volume 1: 1904-1912. Ed. Andrew McNeillie. London: The Hogarth Press, 1986.
    • Volume 2: 1912-1918. Ed. Andrew McNeillie. London: The Hogarth Press, 1987.
    • Volume 3: 1919-1924. Ed. Andrew McNeillie. London: The Hogarth Press, 1989.
    • Volume 4: 1925-1928. Ed. Andrew McNeillie. London: The Hogarth Press, 1994.
    • Volume 5: 1929-1932. Ed. Stuart N. Clarke. London: The Hogarth Press, 2009.
    • Volume 6: 1933-1941. Ed. Stuart N. Clarke. London: The Hogarth Press, 2000.

  15. W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

  16. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats. General Editors: Richard J. Finneran & George Mills Harper (1983- )
    1. Yeats, W. B. The Poems: 2nd Edition. Ed. Richard J. Finneran. 1983. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, I. London: Macmillan Limited, 1997.
    2. Yeats, W. B. The Plays. Ed. David R. Clark. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, II. London: Macmillan Limited, 2001.
    3. Yeats, W. B. Autobiographies. Ed. Douglas Archibald, J. Fraser Cocks III, & Gretchen L. Schwenker. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, III. London: Macmillan Limited, 1999.
    4. Yeats, W. B. Early Essays [Ideas of Good and Evil; The Cutting of an Agate]. 1903, 1912. Ed. Richard J. Finneran & George Bornstein. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, IV. London: Macmillan Limited, 2007.
    5. Yeats, W. B. Later Essays [Per Amica Silentia Lunae &c.]. 1917. Ed. William H. O'Donnell. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, V. London: Macmillan Limited, 1994.
    6. Yeats, W. B. Prefaces and Introductions. Ed. William H. O'Donnell. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, VI. London: Macmillan Limited, 1989.
    7. Yeats, W. B. Letters to the New Island. Ed. George Bornstein & Hugh Witemeyer. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, VII. London: Macmillan Limited, 1989.
    8. Yeats, W. B. The Irish Dramatic Movement. Ed. Mary FitzGerald & Richard J. Finneran. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, VIII. London: Macmillan Limited, 2003.
    9. Yeats, W. B. Early Articles and Reviews: Uncollected Articles and Reviews Written Between 1886 and 1900. Ed. John P. Frayne & Madeleine Marchaterre. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, IX. London: Macmillan Limited, 2004.
    10. Yeats, W. B. Later Articles and Reviews: Uncollected Articles, Reviews, and Radio Broadcasts Written After 1900. Ed. Colton Johnson. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, X. London: Macmillan Limited, 2000.
    11. [Yeats, W. B. Mythologies. Ed. Warwick Gould, Phillip L. Marcus, & Michael Sidnell. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, XI. London: Macmillan Limited, tba.]
    12. Yeats, W. B. John Sherman and Dhoya. Ed. Richard J. Finneran. 1991. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, XII. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993.
    13. Yeats, W. B. A Vision: The Original 1925 Version. Ed. Catherine E. Paul & Margaret Mills Harper. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, XIII. London: Macmillan Limited, 2008.
    14. Yeats, W. B. A Vision: The Revised 1937 Edition. Ed. Margaret Mills Harper & Catherine E. Paul. The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, XIV. London: Macmillan Limited, 2015.


  1. This was great! I had been unlucky in finding out what the volumes XI and XIV of W.B. Yeats' works constituted, and now you've help me complete the list. Still, it seems 3 years later XIV is still in tba status.

  2. Just so. Neither of those two volumes seems to have come out yet -- I filled them in from the contents lists on some of the published volumes (accessible on