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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : 18 POEMS.

THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : 18 POEMS.

London : The Sunday Referee and The Parton Bookshop, (1934). First edition : just 500 copies were printed, this copy being one of the second batch of 250 to be bound, with an additional inserted leaf bearing [February 1936] advertisements. The most remarkable debut in all twentieth-century English-language poetry – written before and published just weeks after Thomas’s twentieth birthday and already containing several of his greatest poems – “I See the Boys of Summer in Their Ruin”, “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, “Where Once the Waters of Your Face”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],[ii],[3]-36,[iv]pp. Original black cloth with rounded back, lettered up spine in Dutch gilt; very slightly rubbed and a touch dulled; some spotting to endpapers and outer leaves, but a good and sound copy in the rare original dust-jacket – the jacket also with a sprinkling of spots, but barring a couple of short nicks and a slight crease, in very good state. A loosely inserted press-cutting of a 1953 obituary notice remarks that the book’s “impact was immediate and profound ... this poet had created an idiom ... he had disturbed the roots of our language”.

£1,000

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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.

THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.

London : Putnam, (1955). First British and first separate edition : a pencilled note states this to be the first issue, without the copyright notice on the verso of the title-page – a point not mentioned by Rolph. The unfinished and partly autobiographical novel, originally published with other material a few months earlier in the USA. With a foreword by Vernon Watkins.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (116)pp. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; endpapers faintly tanned, but a very good copy in the original Gross-André dust-jacket – a design in purple, pink, black and white – a little sunned and tanned as usual, but also very good.

£125

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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : LETTERS TO VERNON WATKINS.

THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : LETTERS TO VERNON WATKINS.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons / Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition. An important cache of Dylan Thomas letters – “a closer commentary on [his own] poems is unlikely to emerge”. Edited and introduced by Vernon Watkins.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (146),[ii]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original jade cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket – a design in turquoise, dark red and black – slightly dulled and with minimal rubbing to extremities.

£25

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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF DYLAN THOMAS.

THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF DYLAN THOMAS.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1985). First edition. The voluminous correspondence of the poet, with much passing reference to W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Richard Hughes, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Glyn Jones, Louis MacNeice, Edith Sitwell, Henry Treece, Vernon Watkins, etc. Edited by Paul Ferris.
Foolscap 4to (25cm). (xxiv),982,[ii]pp. Original blue boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in silver; a very good copy in a lightly used, faintly sunned and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£25

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