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Author: Wilbur, Richard (signed by); James Merrill, Frederick Buechner et al.
Price: $450.00
Publisher Location: East Dorset, VT
Publisher: Anthony Herrigan
Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition
Stapled card covers printed in red; small 4to. [32 pp.] The colophon in publisher Harrigan's hand reads: "This is a limited edition of 200 copies. Copy # 39" in blue fountain pen ink. Text includes Merrill's poem "The Formal Lovers" (Hagstrom & Bixby B1), three poems by Wilbur and a long poem by Buechner, as well as work by seven other poets, all young and to that date rather accomplished according to their brief bios in back. Signed by Richard Wilbur. Published in the same year and possibly preceding Wilbur's first book, published four years before Merrill's first regularly published book, which was dedicated to Buechner, and preceding his first book a novel. With four photocopies (not originals) of related material: A. Harrigan's subscription letter (when the book was Nine Poets Anthology), a letter from a reviewer (Princeton, June 5, 1948) to Poetry Magazine accompanying two pages of a review (mostly negative) of the book. Some uneven moderate toning, soiling and wear, about very good. Scarce, rare signed.