Turtle Island.New York, New Directions, 1974 Stock Code: 139303
NotesFirst edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California. This copy is accompanied by two invitations from Grimblefinger Books and Three R's Productions to attend an autograph reception for Turtle Island in Grass Valley, California.
Turtle Island is Snyder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of ecological poetry. In his Introductory Note, Snyder explains that the title Turtle Island was "the old/new name for the continent, based on many creation myths of the people who have been living here for millennia, and reapplied by some of them to 'North America' in recent years. Also, an idea found world-wide, of the earth, or cosmos even, sustained by a great turtle or serpent-of-eternity". It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975.
Octavo. Original light green cloth, spine lettered in black. With the dust jacket.
Two printed invitation cards inside a blank white envelope laid in. A fine copy.
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