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Poems 1948-49.

Berkeley: Miscellany Editions, (1949). First edition, second (expurgated) state, of Duncan’s second book. One of 400 copies printed. Bertholf A2a. Presentation copy from the poet to his mother, inscribed simply on the title-page: “For Mother from Robert.” Bertholf distinguishes two states of the first edition. For the second, or expurgated, state the printer deleted lines 9-13 and 21-22 on p. 31, and lines 15-16 and 22 on p. 32, and substituted a long line or dash for the missing text. Bertholf quotes a letter of Duncan’s to the bookseller Henry Wenning: ”I had wanted 100 of the 500 copies censored (for sale to sensitive old ladies at poetry readings), and the printers (who were sensitive old lady anarchists) reversed the proportions so that 100 uncensored copies and 400 censored copies were printed. This means that in some copies of the censored printing I wrote in the missing lines, once the uncensored copies were gone.”. The usual – but in this instance very faint – discoloration to the poor quality paper wrappers, short corner crease in top fore-corner of back wrapper, but still a fine copy. 8vo, original printed wrappers.

Price: $1,250.00

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