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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine white, window design to front board in yellow. With the dust jacket. Faint fading to spine and around board edges, trivial rubbing to ends and corners, but an excellent copy in the jacket with light rubbing at the extremities. First US edition, first printing, rare presentation copy, thrice signed by the author and twice by her lover and literary agent Molly Malone Cook: inscribed by Oliver on the half-title, "March 1965 For Walter, Mary", signed on the title page, and inscribed by her on the final text leaf on the verso "still for Walter, Mary"; Cook has also signed the half-title and final text leaf on the verso. The recipient was Walter P. Chrysler Jr. (1909–1988), the son of the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, who spent much of his life and wealth as a collector and influential patron of the arts. This is the first book of poetry by Mary Oliver (b. 1935), preceded by a very scarce London edition under the same title two years previously, but here published with 19 additional poems.From this debut aged 28, Oliver went on to win the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize (for American Primitive, 1983) among many others, and to become "far and away this country's best selling poet" (The New York Times 18 Feb 2007). The titular poem of this collection had won the Poetry Society of America's annual price in 1962. Primarily a poet of nature, she lived for most of her writing career in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has been compared to Emerson and Emily Dickinson. The Harvard Review described Oliver's poetry as "an excellent antidote for the excesses of civilization, for too much flurry and inattention, and the baroque conventions of our social and professional lives. She is a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making." Mary Oliver has always been notoriously retiring, prefers not to give interviews, and very seldom signs her books - such a warmly inscribed presentation copy, therefore, of her debut collection, done at the time of publication and with the inclusion of her lover and literary agent Molly Cook, must be a rare and desirable thing indeed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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