Dove, Rita. TEN POEMS. Lisbon, IA: Penumbra Press, 1977. First Edition. Sewn wrappers in printed envelope; square 8vo. [20 pp.] First edition of the author's first book of poems. One of only approximately 200 copies (this no. "94") hand printed on Frankfurt Creme. Hand colored fingernails to frontispiece illustration. This copy specially signed in full and inscribed to a fine small press publisher/printer of poetry. A virtually as new copy, fine in a fine envelope with faint creasing. Scarce signed. $1,500.00
Dove is unarguably one of the most important poets of her generation, the youngest Poet Laureate when named, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize among others, her use of history and culture in her work has been especially influential to a generation of writers who have followed.