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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author. Original tan cloth with brown lettering to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean except for two underlined sentences in the introduction. In the good dustwrapper, rubbed to edges and extremities, which is broken at the rear fold between the spine and rear panel. There is a horizontal tear to the center of the spine panel, and a six centimeter tear along the (now quite delicate) fold between the front panel and flap. Moderate loss to upper and lower spine with nicks and loss to outer corners. Owner's note to the front flap explaining that the volume was "Given me by / J. Laughlin [the publisher and founder of New Directions] at / Norfolk --- / August 28, 1950".

Inscribed and dated by the author in black ink to the front free endpaper, "Bob Wilson / in memory of a / good jaw / mostly by me / (in memory of Socrates) / William Carlos Williams / 1/29/50". This collection was published March 1949 in an edition of 3591 copies. (Wallace A28).

Stock code: 20423

£750

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