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Whether a Dove or Seagull. Poems. (INSCRIBED) by SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER AND VALENTINE ACKLAND - Signed First Edition - 1933 - from Clearwater Books (SKU: ARC91865)

Whether a Dove or Seagull. Poems. (INSCRIBED)

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Whether a Dove or Seagull. Poems. (INSCRIBED)


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The Viking Press, New York, 1933. The correct first edition, preceding the UK edition. This copy inscribed by Valentine Ackland: "Ruth, with dearest love - Valentine 1933" and beneath this another hand has pencilled "Sylvia", although I cannot be certain that this is the handwriting of Townsend Warner. 8vo. 153pp. Cloth-backed paper boards with slightly defective gilt lettering to spine. A little light spotting to preliminary and concluding leaves, and occasionally throughout. A very good copy in non-price-clipped dust wrapper: tanned, stained, chafed, nicked and chipped with a little loss, and spine panel lettering no longer visible. One-hundred and nine poems, fifty-four of them by Warner and the remainder written by her lover and long-term partner Ackland (an index in the UK edition of 1934 identified the author of each poem, but here they remain entirely anonymous - although a former owner has pencilled appropriate initials against each index entry, which could be easily erased if desired). A challenging and valiant experiment in anonymity, the collection was received coldly, all but ending the poetry careers of both authors Warner did not issue another full collection of verse in her lifetime, claiming in a letter to the publisher of her 1985 Selected Poems "I intend to be a posthumous poet!" Both US and UK editions are extremely scarce and much more so with the presentation inscription (I have been unable to identify 'Ruth' it was the name of Ackland's mother, although it seems unlikely that she would address her so).. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fair.


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Whether a Dove or Seagull. Poems. (INSCRIBED)
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