"We sit drinking tea beneath the lilacs on a summer afternoon": First signed limited edition of William Faulkner's A Green Bough

  • A Green Bough.
  • A Green Bough.
  • A Green Bough.
  • A Green Bough.

A Green Bough.

$1,500.00

Item Number: 98376

New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1933.

First signed limited edition of Faulkner’s second and final book of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, with two mounted cover illustrations and mounted frontispiece by Lynd Ward, vignette to the colophon. One of only 360 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 189. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.

"A Green Bough came out at the end of April [1933] without much fanfare. It was published as a favor to Faulkner by Hal Smith, with illustrations by Lynd Ward. The volume contained 44 poems, most of which were written very early in Faulkner's career and reflect his close reading of Eliot, Housman, Swinburne and Keats. One can hardly imagine that the author of these intensely literary poems is the same man who wrote Sanctuary or Light in August. This was Faulkner's farewell to poetry, and, as such, it warrants a glance. Poetry was the schoolhouse of Faulkner's fiction… A Green Bough remains a fairly accomplished collection that demonstrates a firm grasp on the craft of poetry" (Parini, 177).

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