New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 215 of 250 copies, octavo size, 94 pp., signed by Sara Teasdale, with slipcase. Fine. Item #20082962
Sarah (she later dropped the "h") Trevor Teasdale (1884-1933) began writing poetry while she was a young girl, enamored of the work of Christina Rossetti. By 1915, with the publication of "Rivers to the Sea", her abilities had matured and the book was a success both with critics and the public. While poetry was undergoing a sea change at the time away from metric verse, she stuck with what she knew. "Sara Teasdale fashioned lyrics of exquisite musicality with such skill that they seem totally natural even when they are in fact perfect examples of formal meters."
Being of somewhat frail health her entire life, and suffering from depression, this work, "Dark of the Moon", is "dominated by thoughts of death and reflected Teasdale’s growing inability to shrug off the depressions that had haunted her most of her adult life." Sadly, she died by suicide in 1933, with one final book of poems, "Strange Victory", appearly posthumously that same year. Her work still speaks today, as she explored "the tragedy of all humanity confronting the inevitability of death."
___DESCRIPTION: Blue laid paper over boards with an ivory paper shelfback, gilt lettering and small decoration on the front board, gilt lettering and decoration on the spine, top edge gilt, limitation page at the front, this no. 215 of 250 copies of the limited edition (a trade edition appeared the same time) signed by Sara Teasdale, title page with decorative red border, each poem opens with a bold, two-line initial capital; large octavo size (9 5/8" by 6.5"), pagination: [i-ii, limitation page] [1-8] 9-92. In the publisher's slipcase of cardboard covered with blue paper, ivory label on one side with black lettering and a decorative border in grey, number "215" hand-written.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, the gilt lettering and top-edge bright and unfaded, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light offsetting to the endpapers (we surmise from a glassine wrapper now missing), else fine. The slipcase near fine, strong and sturdy, free of tears or other wear, with a minimal amount of light soil. Overall a remarkable example.
___CITATION: Information on the author and quotes from the online American National Biography.
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