[Auburn, California]: [The Author]. . First Edition, First Printing. First Edition. Octavo, original green paper wrappers stamped in gilt on the upper cover. THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL COPY - Copy No. 3 of 250 numbered & Signed copies. This copy, being Smith's own, was heavily corrected and rewritten by him over the years - there are about at least 75 corrections, strikethroughs, and additions, in some case single lines being revised, in some cases entire stanzas are crossed out and rewritten or entirely new stanzas are added. Most of the corrections worked their way into later published versions of the poems, such as in Smith's SELECTED POEMS (1971). Smith has inscribed a poem by Baudelaire in ink on the title page: "Sachet whose perfumes ever fill, The chambers of an old delight, Forgotten censer, fuming still, In silence through the silent night - Baudelaire". The condition is quite rough - the covers are detached, rubbed and have edge-tears; the plain printed spine is gone. This was Smith's personal, well-used copy, and with the amount of corrections and re-writes it is in effect a working manuscript. Housed in a clamshell case with white leather spine titled in gilt, finely made especially for this copy by Gray Parrot under commission from Roy Squires. Item #311026
¶ The author's own copy - the best copy in the world - of this legendary rarity, the most difficult of Smith's early poetry books to acquire.