New York: Horace Liveright, 1928. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First printing, no. 65 of 375 copies, octavo size, 160 pp., signed by Robinson Jeffers, with glassine and slipcase. Near fine / very good. Item #20082932
American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) 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 the first printed appearance of the poem "Cawdor", which Jeffers described thus: "The events of the principal poem in this book...may be thought of as being already ancient history on this future-ridden coast; they end under the comet of 1910. I think of 'Cawdor' as making a third with 'Tamar' and 'The Woman at Point Sur'; but as if in 'Tamar' human affairs had been seen looking westward, against the ocean; in 'Point Sur' looking upward, minimized to ridicule against the stars; in 'Cawdor' looking eastward, against the earth, reclaiming a little dignity from that association."
In addition to "Cawdor", the following poems are included (some of which were previously published in periodicals): The Dead Men's Child, Fawn's Foster-Mother, A Redeemer (first appearance), An Artist, The Summit Redwood, Ascent to the Sierras (first appearance), Contrast, Bixby's Landing, Ocean, Soliloquy, The Bird with the Dark Plumes (first appearance), To a Young Artist, Tor House (first appearance), George Sterling's Death, Hurt Hawks, and Meditation on Saviours (first appearance).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in imported tan buckram over boards, shelfback of imported cerise buckram with gilt lettering, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut, limitation statement at the front, this no. 65 of 375 copies with Robinson Jeffers' signature in black ink, title page with red decorative border, a few signatures towards the back unopened; on laid rag paper with watermark of publisher's device, octavo size (9" by 6"), pagination: [1-6] 7-160. With the original glassine wrapper, in the publisher's slipcase of cardboard covered with cerise laid paper, tan paper label on one side with vignette and lettering in red, printed "This edition limited to three hundred and fifty copies" (there were also 25 NFS copies for a total edition of 375), this volume number ("65") written in pencil on the lower left corner of the label, and a previous price of "1000" written in pencil on the label's upper left corner. This the first printing, the trade edition being issued four days after this signed, limited edition.
___CONDITION: Volume could almost be deemed fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright (with some signatures unopened), and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light sunning to the spine mostly noticeable at the tail of the spine, else fine. The glassine wrapper very good, all components present and attached, but overall edgewear including some loss at the bottom of the back panel; the slipcase also very good, strong and sturdy, overall light soil, overall sunning, and a few small spots of wear.
___CITATION: Alberts no. 54.
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