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New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1973. First edition. Copy "L" (for Loren) of 26 lettered copies (out of a total edition of 126) signed by Bishop on the colophon. This copy bears Bishop's presentation "For Loren MacIver & Lloyd Frankenberg - Love, Elizabeth Bishop" on the title-page. Laid in is an exceptionally interesting TLS from Bishop to MacIver and Frankenberg: "I've always disliked 'pretty little books' like this - However, Bill Ferguson, the printer, is a friend of mine here & he wanted to do it for some time & so I finally gave in. (The Phoenix Book Shop man is quite another type...) And since they have just arrived, or were here when I got back - I'm sending you one of my copies with a real, EXTRA signature - whee! You can sell it for a small sum if need be sometime - Love, Elizabeth". Loren MacIver, the artist, was one of Bishop's closest, life-long friends. MacIver contributed the dust jacket design to Bishop's second collection, Poems North & South - A Cold Spring, in 1955. A superb association copy. Oblong small 8vo, original string-tied unprinted stiff wrappers, marbled outer wrapper, printed paper label. Housed in a custom green cloth clamshell box with a black morocco spine label.
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Price: $8,500.00
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