The Museum of Clear Ideas.
Item Number: 1969
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1993.
First edition. Octavo. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “For ______ and ______ this new exhibit with pleasure Donald Hall 22 May 1993”.
Other Books by this Author
Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
First edition of this collection of poems, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Brian, with many good wishes- Mary Oliver Indiana Sep. 21, 1992.” The publication date of this title was September 23, 1992, this example was signed two days prior. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dede Cummings.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed by Her
London: J.M. Dent Sons, 1963.
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. An exceptional example.
Clandestine first Chilean edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Inscribed by him to close friend and publisher Americo Zorilla
Santiago: Imprenta Juárez, 1950.
Clandestine first Chilean edition of Neruda’s stunning epic poem, published underground by the Communist party in Chile under a false imprint one month after the true first edition, published in Mexico from a different manuscript. Quarto, bound into contemporary red linen boards with parts of original printed wrappers serving as titles to the front panel and spine. Copyright leaf mounted to front pastedown bearing the false imprint “Imprenta Juárez, Reforma 75, Ciudad de México D.F.”, half tone portraits of Neruda tipped in at front and back. Inscribed by Neruda on the title page, “Al camarada Americo, Pablo Neruda.” The recipient Americo Zorilla was a close friend of Neruda’s and editor of the Chilean Communist daily newspaper, El Siglo. Zorilla facilitated the clandestine publication of five thousand copies of Neruda’s Canto General in Chile, published under a false imprint and based on a manuscript Neruda had left behind before he went into hiding with the banning of the Communist Party under the Ley de Defensa Permanente de la Democracia in 1948. Neruda had officially joined the Communist Party of Chile in 1945 and served as campaign manager for the radical party’s presidential candidate Gabriel Gonzalez Videal in 1946. Once in office, Gonzalez Videla turned against the Communist Party and Neruda was forced into hiding and later exile in Buenos Aires to avoid arrest. An exceptional association.
London: John James Chidley, 1840.
Octavo, bound in contemporary pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece. With a fore edge painting of a 19th century cityscape. In near fine condition.