O TO BE A DRAGON. Marianne Moore.
O TO BE A DRAGON.

O TO BE A DRAGON.

New York: Viking Press, 1959.

1st edition, cloth, with printed dust jacket. A presentation copy, inscribed to Holly Stevens, the daughter of poet Wallace Stevens. The inscription reads: "Mine originally, Holly, since / it had an unintentional stripe / on the jacket that was there to / stay -- (now a dragon): yours / from a complimented author / pleased that you want it / Marianne / Sept 17, 1959" in black fountain pen ink on the FEP. The date is the publication date of the title, and Moore has additionally dated the copyright page "September 17" in her hand. In typical Moore whimsy, the poet has created a drawing of a dragon on the dust jacket front cover, incorporating the "unintentional stripe" referred to in her inscription, and has titled the drawing "Dragon attacked by gnat" using the same black fountain pen ink as the inscription. A letter of provenance from the son of Holly Stevens is laid in. (Abbott A17.1.) Minimal sunning to jacket, else a fine representation of a remarkable association copy. Item #6635

Price: $850.00

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