New York: Random House Inc., (1931). First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First printing, no. 186 of 500 copies, quarto size, 30 pp., signed by Robinson Jeffers. Near fine. Item #19031220
American poet John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) remains highly regarded today on many levels, including as a poet who was an icon of the environmental movement. Born in Pennsylvania, he attended USC and spent most of his adult life in Carmel, California where he himself built the home he and his family lived in, Tor House, close to the sea, which had an immense influence on his work.
He was a prolific writer of the twentieth century; his bleak and uncompromising style of poetry was formed through his philosophy of "inhumanism", which focused on a rejection of emotion and man, in favour of nature and other creatures in the universe. This collection of poems is softer, more contemplative, and comprises Jeffers' observations of graves and tombs, of death, in Ireland and Great Britain.
This publication is the first and limited edition of Jeffers' book, and is signed by Jeffers on the colophon.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white paper with brown paper boards, black lettering on the front board and spine, bottom edge uncut, brown endpapers, title page in orange and black, orange initial capitals throughout; Zerkall paper, quarto size (10.75" by 7.5"), pagination: [1-4] 5-29 [1 colophon], one of 500 copies, this number 186, signed by Robinson Jeffers on the colophon. In a slipcase covered in brown paper.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some soiling to the spine, with two small closed tears along the rear joint, corners are very gently bumped, and there is light foxing to the margins of a few of the last pages. The slipcase is good plus, sturdy, clean overall with a few slight specks of soiling, some rubbing to the corners and head and tail of the spine, and the paper covering the boards at the bottom edge has begun to flake away.
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