EBONY AND CRYSTAL. The Author's Own Copy of His Third Book.
Price: $15,000.00 USD
Place Published: Auburn, Ca
Publisher: The Auburn Journal
Date Published: 1922
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 310692
First Edition. Octavo, publisher's original dark maroon cloth titled in gilt on front panel. 152 pp. THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL COPY - Copy No. 1 of 500 numbered & Signed copies. This copy, being Smith's own, was heavily corrected and rewritten by him over the years - there are about 50 corrections, strikethroughs and additions, in some case single lines being rewritten; there are a couple of instances of entirely new stanzas being added. Most of the corrections worked their way into later published versions of the poems, such as in Smith's SELECTED POEMS (1971). Inner hinges cracked (common with this book), large dampstain affecting the lower half of the final 30 pages of text; tears to cloth along outer front hinge and wear at corners and spine ends. A good copy only. Smith lived in a remote cabin in the Sierras with no electricity and with wood heat, the condition is as could be expected - Smith *used* his books, and he used this one quite heavily. The best copy in the world, now housed in a beautiful white quarter-leather case designed & built by the noted bookbinder, Gray Parrot.
¶ The most important copy extant of the best early collection of Smith's poems, including the first appearance in print of THE HASHISH-EATER; Or, THE APOCALPSE OF EVIL, and twenty of his evocative and memorable prose-poems, including IN COCKAIGNE and FROM THE CRYPTS OF MEMORY.