[Berkeley]: Oyez, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 197 pp., signed by Brother Antoninus. Fine / near fine. Item #20020904
A highly-regarded poet and literary critic in his own right, Brother Antoninus (William Everson, 1912-1994), a one-time member of the Dominican Order (hence his nickname, the "Beat Friar") fully acknowledged Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) as one of the most important influences in his life.
Five years after the death of Jeffers, this book, a compilation of seven essays and an elegy, was published. As the author wrote at the close of his Foreword, these writings "constitute all I can presently articulate about my old master, a man whom I knew deeply in spirit but never in life, one who was too near to me, too dear to me, too terrfying to me, and too necessary for me, back at that finding of the self which makes the pivot of a life, ever to face in this flesh."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown cloth over boards, gilt lettering on the spine, signed "Brother Antoninus" on the front free endpaper, title page in red and black, chapter titles in red; octavo size (9.25" by 6 1/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xvi, [1-2] 3-173 [174, blank] [175-176, "List of Works Cited"], [177-181, "Index of Names"]. Pictorial dust jacket with a reproduction of a black-and-white photograph of Robinson Jeffers on the front panel, red lettering on the front, black lettering on the spine, review blurb, photo of Brother Antoninus and author bio on the back panel, summary of the book and the original price of $7.50 on the front flap, list of other books by the publisher on the back flap.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the unclipped dust jacket near fine, the red lettering on the front unfaded; light overall soiling on the white paper, very light overall edgewear with one short (one-half inch) closed tear at the top front joint; overall a near fine copy of an insightful criticism of Jeffers' work.
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