Ruins and Visions.London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1942 Stock Code: 139371
Inscribed to W. H. AudenFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy of a work rarely found inscribed, to his lifelong friend and fellow poet W. H. Auden on the half-title, "To Wystan, with love from Stephen. March 1942".
This is a key association, inscribed using Auden's first name, which was reserved for friends. Auden was a major influence on Spender: "A pontiff where canoncial poetry was concerned, Auden struck Stephen as being like a cabinet minister in his aim to set up a collective of new British modernist writing... Auden's touch left an indelible mark - if not on the poetry then certainly on Stephen's idea of what it was to be a poet" (Sutherland, p. 79-81). Auden's first book of poetry was privately printed by Spender in 1928.
Octavo. Original green cloth, title to spine gilt. With the supplied dust jacket. Housed in a custom green flat-backed folding case.
Spine darkened, a little soiling and spotting to cloth, spotting and splashes to rear endpapers, contents otherwise clean and unmarked, in a nice example of the dust jacket, spine slightly faded.
Connolly, The Modern Movement, 91; John Sutherland, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life, Oxford University Press, 2005.
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