First edition. Numbered limited edition (preceding the first trade edition), signed by the author. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine and front panel, with the figure '95' blind-stamped to front and rear panels, in publisher's original glassine dustwrapper and black card slipcase with printed label to spine and front panel. A lovely fine copy, the cloth and gilt clean and bright, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. In the original glassine wrapper, slightly age-toned and variously ripped and creased where it has been taken out of and reinserted into the tightly fitting slipcase. The case is fine, the printed label also clean and without marks. A lovely copy of the first issue of the poet's final volume of poems. Scarce in this, the true first edition.
Limited to 280 copies of which this is hand numbered 8 and signed by E. E. Cummings to the limitation page. "This book, coming from a sixty-four year old poet, is remarkable for its vigor and freshness, for its lively interest in certain ordinary individuals�like Dominic, the ice man, or the Greenwich Village organ grinder who carried a cockatoo�, and for its perceptive focus on certain ordinary entities of the natural world, a cheery whippoorwill, sentinel robins, "twofroing" hummingbirds, a bee in a rosebush, thrushes, a "raucous rogue" of a bluejay, white roses from "my mother's greatgrandmother's rosebush", a forest pool, and "the good rain farmers pray for"." (Richard S. Kennedy, 'Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E. E. Cummings' (Firmage A27).
Stock code: 20425