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Lowell, Robert
Notebook
London: Faber and Faber, 1970. First UK edition. 265 pp., 5.5 x 8.75 inches. Cloth over boards in printed dust-jacket. Inscribed by the author. Some scattered foxing to the top edge of the book block, and dampstaining to the inside bottom edge of the jacket, with slight wrinkling, and slight mottling of the cloth along the lower edge, but still a very good, sound, and attractive copy, with an exceptional provenance. Between the first and second printings of the original U.S. edition, Lowell made many changes. The first UK edition of Notebook essentially constitutes yet another new and greatly expanded edition, in which "about a hundred of the old poems have been changed, some noticeably" and more than ninety new poems added, as the author points out in a new note at the end of the volume. This copy is inscribed in February of 1971 to Lowell's editor, Charles Monteith, "with affection, this much belated book." (Monteith, a giant of postwar British publishing, was then a Director, and later Chairman, of Faber and Faber.) In a letter to Monteith dated June 25, 1969, Lowell writes, "Be sure when you go to print with Notebook that you use the second printing which has many changes and three extra poems." Between that date and the publication of this Faber edition, Lowell obviously continued to make changes and add many poems, no doubt the cause of the book's "belatedness."
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