(No place: James Laughlin & J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1949). First edition. One of only 10 copies printed on Japan vellum, out of a total edition of 150 copies printed by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni in Verona and signed by Thomas, The bibliographer also notes that evidence suggests that "the vellum copies preceded the hand-made paper issue by about two days." Rolph B13. [By report and internal evidence, this copy remained in sheets until quite recently, when it was finally bound in a style as fittingly elegant as its printing.] Twenty-Six Poems contains a selection of Thomas' best poems, including "I see the boys of summer", "After the funeral", "The hand the signed the paper", "There was a saviour", "Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait", "Deaths and Entrances", "Fern Hill", "A Refusal to Mourn", "In my craft and sullen art", and "In Country Sleep", among others. A very fine copy of this extremely rare issue of Thomas' most beautiful book, in the original slipcase which is somewhat damaged (but repairable), and missing the top panel. 4to, original cloth-backed paste-paper boards, publisher's slipcase.