Sixteen Sonnets.Cambridge: Halty Fergusson, 1979 Stock Code: 144315
Signed limited edition, special issue signed and numbered "R" on the limitation page, one of 26 lettered and hard-bound copies, inscribed on the first blank "For Anne Sissman, with admiration and affection, John", and with a typed letter to her, signed by John. From an edition limited to 276 signed copies.
The recipient, Anne Sissman, was the wife of the poet Louis Edward "Ed" Sissman (1928-1976), to whom the first three sonnets are dedicated. The letter, dated March 13, starts "Dear Anne: I hope there is nothing in these first three sonnets to offend or sadden you; they were written out of a mood of love for Ed" and conveys Updike's delight at his friend's winning of the National Critics Circle Prize.
Loosely inserted is a library slip for Commager's Immigration and American History with the pencilled inscription "Safe with Sissman".
Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles in gilt to spine and printed in orange to paper label on front board, marbled endpapers.
Title printed in orange and black.
The binding sharp and vibrant, internally crisp; a fine copy.
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