Cummington, MA: The Cummington Press, 1945. First Edition. One of 40 copies (of which this Roman numeral XVI) SIGNED by both the author and illustrator. White paper-covered boards, hand colored in yellow and green vertical stripes, black morocco spine, titles gilt on the front board, pink endpapers.
Very Good plus lacking the scarce glassine jacket. Brief rubbing at the extremities, with a few tiny bruises at the spine edges, and faint evidence of sticker removal on the front endpaper. For this publication, 340 copies were printed, the majority unsigned and bound in Natsume straw-paper-covered boards, numbered in Arabic. 40 copies were signed, with hand-colored drawings on each page and hand-painted bindings.
This marks the beginning of Steven's later period, which tended to be longer and filled with analogies and related forms of thought. "Esthetique du Mal" was, in Randall Jarrell's estimation, the greatest of these later poems. A lovely example of the smaller limitation, housed in a custom clamshell box. Edelstein A10.