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THOMAS, Dylan.

The Selected Writings....

Introduction by John L. Sweeney. This volume is the first in the New Directions series of writings.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York New Directions, 1946

Stock Code: 132178

£4,750
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his mother in law Yvonne Macnamara on the front free endpaper, "for Yvonne, from Dylan, with love. January, 1947." Thomas and Caitlin lived with her mother, Yvonne, for much of the late 1930s. During this stay Thomas and Yvonne's relationship appeared to have been strained. Writing to his friend Charles Fisher in January 1939 Thomas claimed to "sit and hate my mother-in-law, glowering at her from corners and grumbling about her in the sad, sticky, quiet of the lavatory" (Ferris, pp.402-3). By the time of this inscription, however, their relationship seems to have mellowed, perhaps aided by the fact Thomas and Caitlin were now living elsewhere, namely with the historian Alan J. P. Taylor and his wife Margaret in Oxfordshire. This copy in the first issue "aquamarine" binding and first issue jacket with the front panel signed "Lowry" at lower corner, and with correct publisher's address "500 Fifth Ave." on rear panel.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in gilt on black ground, cream endpapers, top edge red. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Spine minimally cocked and faintly toned, browning to endmatter, small marks to pp 114-5; a very good copy indeed in the price-clipped jacket with faded spine, chips to spine ends, nicks to extremities, a couple of short closed tears to head and foot of front panel.

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