The Poet of the Month.Norfolk, CT, New Directions, 1942 Stock Code: 142347
NotesFirst edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective publication Five Young American Poets in 1940; 2,000 copies were issued, of which 1,500 were in the present wrappers, and 500 in boards.
Octavo. Original green wrappers. Housed in a custom blue cloth box, spine lettered in gilt.
Light sunning to spine, very light peripheral creasing; a near-fine copy.
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