Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960.
Hardcover. 1st edition, black cloth spine and gray boards, with illustrated dust jacket. Specially signed and inscribed by Sexton to her friend, the artist Barbara Swan, on the half title page. The celebrated author's important first book, seldom found signed. Sexton and Swan were friends from the early days when both women received grants from the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study. Their relationship at Radcliffe is profoundly discussed in Maggie Doherty's book, THE EQUIVALENTS (Knoph, 2020). Barbara Swan would become Sexton's choice to illustrate several of her later publications, including the dust jacket art for her Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems, LIVE OR DIE (Houghton Mifflin, 1966). The inscription reads: "For Barbara -- / with my love, / Anne Sexton / Nov 30th 1962" in black ink. The text includes thirty-three poems divided into two sections. Very moderate and minimal shelf rubs to edges of boards, a few tiny edge chips, tear, and rubs to complete (not price clipped) jacket. A desirable association copy. Item #6535