Poems.London: The Fortune Press,  Stock Code: 139744
First edition, first-issue binding, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication "Best wishes from Kingsley Amis, November 1947" on the front free endpaper. Bright November was Amis's first published book.
The publisher Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham Palace Road, in 1924. He specialised in gay writing (several Fortune Press productions were burned after the 1934 obscenity trials), and in taking on new poets, whom he rarely paid but could afford to publish due to judicious stockpiling of paper stock during the war years. He published Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, and Philip Larkin, as well as Kingsley Amis, who delighted in the "Caton mystique" and wrote him into four of his novels as a barely disguised rogue.
Octavo. Original black morocco-grain cloth, titles to spine gilt, edges untrimmed.
Rubbing to ends, corners, and somewhat along joints, slight partial sunning to the ink of Amis's inscription, a very good copy of this rather fragile publication.
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