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Book Description
MOORE, Marianne. Collected Poems. New York: MacMillan 1951. Inscribed on the ffep by the author thus: ‘Anne J. Mills’ copy/ of these Collected Poems/ Marianne Moore/ January 1952.’ With the publication date also added by the author ’December 17th’ on the copyright page (see note below). The author has also made an addition to one of her most famous poems ‘The Jerboa’ on page twenty by inserting the word ‘out’ to the last line on the page making it now reads ‘Undulated out by speed, straight’. First American edition printed in USA and bound in Blue boards, following ‘withdrawn’ American issue with orange boards printed by Faber in UK of Moore's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Fine copy in like dustjacket which is very slightly faded on the spine and has three same nicks all less than 1/2cm long.
Dealer Notes
The first edition of Marianne Moore's Collected Poems was printed and bound by Faber & Faber for both the English and American markets. Of a total first printing of 5000 copies, 3500 were for UK and 1500 for USA. The American issue was printed with an integral title-page for Macmillan, and exported to the United States to be issued there first as Moore was an American and to protect copyright. When the books arrived in America customs released part of the shipment with the standard stipulation that they could not be released until customs clearance was given. Macmillan and Marianne Moore innocently sent out some copies, Moore inscribed to a number of friends and MacMillan to reviewers, it is believed the number of copies sent out to have been between forty and sixty, before word came back from customs that the books were not admissible because they lacked a printed copyright notice on the verso of the title page. If they had been released Moore would have lost her copyright so they were shipped back to England. Marianne Moore’s bibliography Craig S. Abbott writes: "In a strict sense, these copies were never issued. The official publication date of the British edition was September 14, 1951; the first edition of the Collected Poems to be printed in America of which this is one was December 17, 1951. Moore's Collected Poems swept all of the major literary awards for poetry: the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Author MOORE, Marianne.
Date 1951
Binding Hardback.
Publisher New York: MacMillan.

Price: £550.00

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