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Paintings and Drawings (1935-45)
Oxford: Counterpoint Publications,, 1946. Introduction by Alex Comfort. Foreword by Conrad Senat. Quarto. Original buff boards printed in blue. With the dust jacket. Colour frontispiece and 23 plates of which one is colour. Spine rolled, spine and edges of boards a little tanned, spine cracked between title and half-title. A very good copy in the rubbed, tanned, and spotted jacket with dampstain to the lower half of the spine panel and some small chips and closed tears at the upper half affecting the spine title. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Smith with best wishes from Elisabeth and Cecil Collins. Feb. 1948 Cambridge, England". With a small note card loosely inserted that is also inscribed by Collins, "Just a small souvenir of your visit to Cambridge. We did enjoy meeting you so much. With all good wishes from Elisabeth and Cecil Collins. P. S. Hope to see you at the private view of the exhibition on Thursday March 4th". William Jay Smith, born in 1918, is an American poet who served as Poet Laureate between 1968 and 1970. "Known for the diverse form and content of his work, Smith is the author of numerous poems for adults and children. He also has developed a reputation for his translations of French, Russian, Hungarian and Swedish poets' works… In an era when most poets have chosen to craft free verse, Smith has created work, 'which from its beginnings has been defined by a passionate and deeply informed commitment to traditional rhymed metrical-stanzaic forms,'" (Poetry Foundation website). This volume of Collins's artwork, published just a few years before he became an instructor at the Central School of Art (now St. Martin's) is scarce in the dust jacket, particularly so inscribed. A lovely association.
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