18 Poems.London: The Sunday Referee and The Parton Bookshop, 1934 Stock Code: 124168
First edition, first impression, of the author's first collection, a poetic association copy with the ownership inscription of Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878-1962), founder of Dymock Poets group and a friend of Rupert Brooke. Though Gibson was several generations older than Dylan Thomas, he outlived him by a decade. This edition was printed in an original run of 500 copies, 250 of which were bound and issued within days of 18 December 1934, and 250 of which were bound on 21 February 1936. The present copy is part of the second issue, with a rounded spine, trimmed fore-edge, the original 1934 issue date omitted from the title page,and the extra Parton Press advertisement leaf tipped in between the half-title and the title page.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to rounded spine in gilt. With dust jacket.
Extremities rubbed, spine dulled as usual, faint spotting to edges and endpapers. A very good copy in a good jacket, lightly soiled with loss to corners and ends, but intact with no repair.
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