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Author: Auden, W. H.
Price: $350.00
Publisher Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
Publisher: Privately Printed
Year Published: 1973
Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First Thus
Facsimile of Auden's first book in green printed folder, created for the Ilkley Literary Festival. A special copy: inscribed: To Gabriel [Carritt)] a book Wystan would have liked him to have from Stephen [Spender] Jan 24  '74."  Carritt, Spender, and Auden were Oxford classmates. According to Auden's biographer Humphrey Carpenter, Auden met Carritt in 1927. Carritt, the inspiration for some of his earliest love poetry didn't fully reciprocate Auden's passion but their friendship persisted for 45 years. In 1930 they took a walking tour over Easter vacation visiting Hadrian's Wall. Approximately 100 copies were printed (this the issue in green folder) for sale at the festival, and reproduced with the poet's corrections from the Durham University copy. The first edition prepared by Spender for friends in an edition of about 30 copies is nearly impossible to obtain. This extraordinary association copy a facsimile prepared for an event that featured one of Auden's last public readings is of a different order, but nonetheless quite special. The book is fine lacking the errata slip (facsimile) with foreword and lightly creased folder.