Hardcover. NY, Viking, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he has today--far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a midlevel bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional crisis set him down the road leading to The Canterbury Tales. Brought expertly to life by Paul Strohm, this is the eye-opening story of the birth one of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language. INSCRIBED BY STROHM on the title page.
Hardcover. NY, Rinehart & Co., 1st, 1958, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 241 pages. The author Cook was an English professor at Middlebury College for many years, and involved with Bread Loaf Writer's Conference almost from its inception, as Robert Frost was. INSCRIBED by Robert Frost (the subject) to Cook (the author).
Hardcover. Boston, MA, Houghton Mifflin, 1st, 1898, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 303 pages. Hardcover. B/w illustrations throughout (plates). Tissue guard on frontispiece. Deckled edges. Boards bound in dark green, gilt title on spine and front cover with decoration. Top edge gilt. Edges and pages have some tanning. Binding tight. Spine slightly frayed at top and bottom. Clean inside. Beautiful old book.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, David McKay, 1st thus, 1900, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 516 pages, frontispiece portrait of Whitman with a facsimile inscription to McKay, and four fold-out pages of facsimile handwritten biography. The green binding is stamped with a gilt title on the front cover and decorative design on spine. Previous owner's inscription on front fly leaf otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, Chilton Book Company, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 383 pages. Hardcover. 8 pages of black & white photographs. Foxing to top edge. Light wear to dust jacket edges. Clean, unmarked pages.
Hardcover. Syracuse University Press , 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 493 pages. Remainder line and foxing to top edge, light edgewear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Viking, 1st thus, 1931, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover, 135 pages. Previous owners name at top right edge of front endpaper. Minor foxing to preliminary pages. Maroon cloth covers with narrow section of fade at top edge of front cover. Dust jacket with edgewear, light chipping and tiny holes along folds - jacket now protected with clear plastic cover. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Random House, 1st, 1997, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 585 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with minor wear to dust jacket edges. Black & white photographs throughout.
Hardcover. London, Hamish Hamilton Ltd, First Edition, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 350 pages. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with silver titles to spine. Previous owner's signature to front flyleaf. Black & white illustrations throughout. Bright dust jacket with light marginal wear. Clean & unmarked text. A nice copy.
Hardcover. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1st, 2008, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 873 pages. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Robert Lowell once remarked in a letter to Elizabeth Bishop that "you ha[ve] always been my favorite poet and favorite friend." The feeling was mutual. Bishop said that conversation with Lowell left her feeling "picked up again to the proper table-land of poetry," and she once begged him, "Please never stop writing me letters-they always manage to make me feel like my higher self (I've been re-reading Emerson) for several days." Neither ever stopped writing letters, from their first meeting in 1947 when both were young, newly launched poets until Lowell's death in 1977. Presented in Words in Air is the complete correspondence between Bishop and Lowell. The substantial, revealing-and often very funny-interchange that they produced stands as a remarkable collective achievement, notable for its sustained conversational brilliance of style, its wealth of literary history, its incisive snapshots and portraits of people and places, and its delicious literary gossip, as well as for the window it opens into the unfolding human and artistic drama of two of America's most beloved and influential poets.