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HEAVENLY CITY EARTHLY CITY

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Author: Duncan, Robert
Price: $1500.00
Publisher Location: [Berkeley]
Publisher: Bern Porter
Year Published: 1947
Book Condition: Very good +
Edition: First edition
One of 100 copies in dark yellow-green cloth, signed at colophon by Duncan and Mary Fabilli (artist), with two poems in Duncan's hand (not in the regular issue of 250). Poet's first book. Additionally inscribed on title page to Allan Covici, Berkeley librarian and noted book dealer. Very light fading and wear to extremities, mild offset to endpapers, spine gilt faded ("DUNCAN" mostly gone), else quite fine. Lacking the dust jacket which was not distributed with most copies (the bibliographer located three). The colophon in Duncan's hand reads: "This is one of 100 copies..."; not numbered, so a variant not noted by the bibliographer or "hors commerce" (some copies eliminate "This is"). This issue seems even more rare than the limitation might suggest; one of the most important first books of 20th C poetry. Bertholf A1b