N. Y. Viking, (1975). First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ashbery to poet Tony Towle and his family on the title-page three days prior to the book's formal publication date: "for Rachel, Irma and Tony Towle / John Ashbery / 12 May 1975". Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. One of 3500 copies printed. Kermani A22. Ashbery and Towle first met at a welcome-home party hosted by Frank O'Hara in 1963 in honor of Ashbery's return to NYC after five years in France. A fine copy in dust jacket in which there is a short closed tear in the back panel. 8vo, original cloth-backed boards, dust jacket.