New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. First Edition. First issue binding, in patterned paper-covered boards, with blue, red, yellow, and white checker pattern, dark blue cloth spine with yellow paper title label, white endpapers and red topstain. SIGNED by the author on the half-title page.
Wallace Stevens' signature ranks among the scarcest of twentieth century American poets, owed to his general reclusiveness and the low limitations on most of his limited editions. "Harmonium" was the poet's first collection, published when he was 44 years old, after almost a decade of appearances only in magazines. Some of his most famous poems are included here, such as "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," a poem on the banality of funeral ceremonies, "The Snow Man," and "Sunday Morning."
Very Good plus lacking the scarce dust jacket. Slight spine lean, even toning to the spine and the title label, slight paper loss at the title label and extremities, and an owner name in black ink on the front endpaper. A bright, clean example of the rare first issue, published in a limitation of 500 copies, one of the most important poetry titles of the twentieth century. In a custom clamshell box. Edelstein A1.a.