About the House.New York: Random House, 1965 Stock Code: 146830
First edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.
The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met Ezra Pound. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray, toured Europe with him, and in 1971 found him a position as a visiting lecturer in American Literature at the University of Graz in Austria.
Octavo. Original black quarter cloth, brown paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge blue, bottom edge untrimmed. With dust jacket.
A fine, bright copy in very good dust jacket, spine panel sunned with short chip to head, short closed tear and tiny spashmark to head of front panel, else bright, not price-clipped.
Bloomfield and Mendelson A49a.
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