First American edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Original green cloth with dark green titles to the spine, the author’s initials blind stamped to the upper board, in dustwrapper. Red top-stain. Housed in a purpose made quarter black morocco solander case, with titles in gilt to the spine. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean and square with a few millimetres of fading to the bottom of the spine. The contents are entirely complete, without previous owner’s inscriptions or stamps, with light offsetting to the front free endpaper otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the original rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has small chips to the spine and some toning and tea splashes to the rear panel. Inscribed by the author in black ink on the front free endpaper “For Winifred & Garnett / with warmest / good wishes - / Sylvia / Court Green: 1962”.
A rare and moving presentation copy, inscribed by Sylvia Plath to her friend and close confidant Winifred Davies. On moving to the ramshackle thatched house Court Green, North Tawton in September 1961, a pregnant Sylvia quickly formed a close friendship with the midwife who delivered her son Nicholas. Living only three houses away, Winifred was a constant support to Sylvia and also her mother Aurelia (who lodged with Winifred when visiting Sylvia during July and August 1962, and relied on Winifred for updates on Sylvia’s situation after returning to America). It was during this period — from September 1961 to December 1962, that Sylvia wrote most of the Ariel poems and finished editing her novel The Bell Jar. When Sylvia and the children moved to London in December 1962, Winifred’s son Garnett lived close by, visiting on several occasions, the last in early February for a lunch invitation, to be informed on arrival that Sylvia had died three days before.
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