Vol I. Number III. Idella Purnell, Editor.
First edition, first impression. Palms was a bimonthly poetry magazine published by Idella Purnell between 1923 and 1930. Purnell was born and spent most of her life in Mexico, working as a teacher and later as a secretary at the American Consulate. Palms was undertaken as a labour of love, with Purnell and her family and friends doing most of the editorial and design work. In this issue all the poets are anonymous, to be revealed in the following number. D. H. Lawrence’s poem ‘Nostalgia’ appears on page 68 and Witter Byner’s ‘A Dancer’ on page 76. Lawrence visited Purnell on at least one occasion, and submitted some cover designs for the magazine (though this one is not by him) and persuaded the Danish artist Kai Götzsche to do the same.
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Octavo. Original tan wrappers printed in brown. Small ownership ticket to inside of rear cover. Wrappers rubbed and tanned, corners creased, pencilled inscription erased from lower cover, some chipping to edges, contents leaf browned. A very good copy.