A Defense of Circe.
First edition, sole printing. One of a limited 1700 copies “privately printed for the friends of the author and her publishers as a New Year’s greeting”. Inscribed by the author to her friend the poet Barbara Howes on the front free endpaper, “For Barbara, with happy recollection of your visit, September 14 – 26, in Washington, Katherine Anne”, with the additional note, “My one original literary idea!” With the bookplate of Howes and her husband William Jay Smith, sometime United States poet laureate, who would go on to write a poem called “A friend laughing: a rose for Katherine Anne Porter” in celebration of her 75th birthday.
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Octavo. Original marbled boards, paper title label to upper board printed in blue and black. Very light rubbing to extremities, a mark to title label and some to front endpapers. An excellent copy.