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LAND OF UNLIKENESS

LOWELL, Robert

Published by Cummington Press, (Cummington, MA) (1944)

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Item Description: Cummington Press, (Cummington, MA), 1944. Hardcover. First Edition. Publisher's blue boards. Introduction by Allen Tate. Lowell's scarce first book, limited to a total of 250 copies printed. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper to critic F. W. Dupee, at whose home Lowell and his first wife, Elizabeth Hardwick, spent their honeymoon: "For Fred,/'Sunt aliquid manes,'/with love and gratitude/from,/Cal." The quote is from Sextus Propertius and is roughly translated as "The spirits do exist." Lowell's honeymoon came in the midst of his first, though not his worst, occurrence of manic depression. Some discoloration to boards; half-inch chip at the head of the spine. Very Good copy with a superb inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 006604

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LIFE STUDIES

LOWELL, Robert

Published by Farrar Straus Cudahy (1959), New York (1959)

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Item Description: Farrar Straus Cudahy (1959), New York, 1959. First Edition. SIGNED by Lowell on the front free endpaper below his INSCRIPTION in his typical block-lettering childlike hand: "For Aunt Alice/with love & our many memories/From/Bobby." Above the inscription is the pencil signature of Alice W. ----. We are unable to make out the last name and have not been able to ascertain exactly who Alice was, but in any case this is the only copy of this important book, of which the poet's family is so central a subject, with a family association that we are able to locate. Laid in is a small card that reads "With the Compliments of The Author." There are a few pencil checks and underlines with one interesting ink underlining of the line "when my Uncle and Aunt left their three baby daughters" from "My Last Afternoon with Uncle Devereux Winslow." Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 006609

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Land of Unlikeness

LOWELL, Robert

Published by The Cummington Press, (Cummington) (1944)

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Item Description: The Cummington Press, (Cummington), 1944. Hardcover. First edition. Blue printed papercovered boards, lettered in red. Introduction by Allen Tate. Woodcut by Gustav Wolf. Light rubbing to the crown, spine a little faded, with two very small spots, and a small, light smudge on the front board, lacking the original unprinted glassine dustwrapper. A nice, very good copy of a fragile volume, and internally fine. This copy Inscribed by Lowell to Stanley Hyman, important American literary critic, and husband of the novelist Shirley Jackson: "For Stanley Hyman From Robert Lowell With Great Respect." The author's first book. One of 224 copies of a total edition of 250. An important title and a keystone of American poetry. See this book in 3D on our site. Bookseller Inventory # 73982

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NEAR THE OCEAN

LOWELL, ROBERT

Published by FARRAR STRAUS, NYC (1967)

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Item Description: FARRAR STRAUS, NYC, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A presentation inscription from the author to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. With a bookplate from Sotheby's on the occasion of her Estate sale. From Jacqueline Onassis' private library. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 10080

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Land of Unlikeness [Inscribed Association Copy]

LOWELL, Robert

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Item Description: Cummington Press, (Cummington), 1944. Hardcover. First Edition. The first book by the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author, published in a limited edition by Harry Duncan at the Cummington Press. This is one of 224 copies of a total edition of 250. Inscribed by the author to Anne Sweeney, the daughter of James Johnson Sweeney, longtime curator of the Museum of Modern Art. Spine and cover edges a little faded, tips of boards worn, some internal foxing up to the title page. Overall about very good, lacking the plain tissue dust jacket. A nice association copy of an uncommon first book. Bookseller Inventory # 023252

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Land of Unlikeness. Poems. Introduction by Allen Tate

LOWELL, Robert

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Item Description: Cummington Press, (Cummington, MA), 1944. 8vo, title-page woodcut by Gustav Wolf, original blue boards without printed dust jacket as issued Very small spot of faint discoloration on the back cover, otherwise a very fine copy of a book rarely seen without the almost inevitable fading to the spine, in a cloth folding box First edition of Lowell's scarce first book. One of 250 copies printed. Bookseller Inventory # 22065

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History

LOWELL, Robert

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1973)

ISBN 10: 0571102042 ISBN 13: 9780571102044

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1973. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by Lowell to his first wife Jean Stafford: "For Jean with love from Cal / Robert Lowell." Lowell and Stafford had a tempestuous marriage that ended in 1948 but they remained friends. Stafford died in 1983 in Springs, New York, a small village next to East Hampton, in the house she had shared with her last husband, the New Yorker essayist A.J. Liebling. Her housekeeper inherited everything in the house, and sold the library the following year to the Argosy bookstore in New York City. Loosely inserted in this copy is a short typed letter by one of the proprietors of the Argosy, confirming this book's provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 392276

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Lord Weary's Castle

Lowell, Robert

Published by New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1946] (1946)

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Item Description: New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1946], 1946. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY LOWELL TO LOUIS UNTERMEYER on the front free endpaper: "Louis: from Cal." Untermeyer nominated the book - Lowell's first - for the Pulitzer Prize, which it won partly due to Untermeyer's advocacy First edition of the author's first regularly published book. 8vo. 69 pp. Black cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Near fine copy in dust jacket with some light dampstaining; in black morocco-backed drop box. Provenance: Louis Untermeyer (presentation inscription, bookplate). Bookseller Inventory # 225615

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For The Union Dead.

LOWELL, Robert.

Published by Poetry Book Society (1960)

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Item Description: Poetry Book Society, 1960. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 12mo, single leaf folded once, printed on four sides, issued without wrappers. In fine condition, accompanied by a copy of the Poetry Supplement, in a custom-made half-morocco slipcase First edition. One of approximately 50 copies specially printed for Lowell as a holiday card. After its huge success at the Boston Arts Festival where Lowell read it for the first time, "For The Union Dead" first appeared in the Atlantic. Donald Davie included it in the Poetry Book Society's annual Christmas supplement and at Lowell's request had this separate issue specially printed. A photocopy of Davie's request to the printer is laid in. The last line of type reads: "Printed for Mr. Lowell". One of the major poems of its generation. Bookseller Inventory # 21874

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William Blake: Poet, Printer, Prophet.

KEYNES, Geoffrey (LOWELL, Robert).

Published by Orion, New York (1964)

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Item Description: Orion, New York, 1964. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. Blake, William (illustrator). Inscribed by Lowell to his wife - "For Jean With Love From Cal Far from Wesleyan" Signed again, with his full name. A fine association copy. 4to, cloth, d.w. New York: Orion Press, (1964). Bookseller Inventory # 142390

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Near The Ocean.

LOWELL, Robert.

Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York (1967)

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Item Description: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1967. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. Dust Jacket Condition: fine. First. Presentation to Jean (Stafford) signed "Cal" and again, "Robert Lowell." Lowell would occasionally inscribe books to his ex-wife, knowing that she would sell them to augment her then meager income. Thus the intimate as well as the formal signature. Small 4to, d.w. N.Y.: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1967. First Edition. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 207564

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Fall 1961 / Portfolio of Artworks

NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS FOR McCARTHY] LOWELL, Robert; Richard ANUSKIEWICZ; et al

Published by New Jersey Volunteers for McCarthy, [Roosevelt, New Jersey] (1968)

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Item Description: New Jersey Volunteers for McCarthy, [Roosevelt, New Jersey], 1968. No binding. First edition. Folio. 45cm. x 34cm. Black cloth portfolio, containing a broadside and 14 pencil-signed lithographic plates by New Jersey artists. Copy number 40 of an edition limited to 250, printed by Pearl Seligman on Rives Heavyweight. Minor soil, faint stain to exterior of portfolio; contents fine. Features a broadside of Lowell's poem "Fall 1961," and 14 lithographs Signed in pencil by the following artists: Richard Anuskiewicz, Carmen Cicero, Leo Dee, Joseph Demarais, John Goodyear, James Kearns, Jacob Landau, Stefan Martin, George Ortiman, Pat Pickering, Gregorio Prestopino, Jean Schonwalter, George Segal, and Herbert Steinberg. According to the colophon, the portfolio was issued in response to "the challenge presented to the American political system by Senator Eugene J. McCarthy during the presidential campaign of 1968." A fair number of the artists represented here, including Landau, Prestopino, Segal, and the printer Pearl Seligman were neighbors of the Shahns in Roosevelt, NJ. A scarce item; *OCLC* finds only two locations (Harvard & Princeton); none others found in commerce. Bookseller Inventory # 346578

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Land of Unlikeness

Lowell, Robert

Published by The Cummington Press (1944)

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Item Description: The Cummington Press, 1944. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Very good+ with some sun to covers and previous owner's name inked in. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1253522923

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Item Description: No Date. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. 8vo. one sheet typed manuscript with holograph corrections in pencil and red ink, 14 typed lines aside from the title. Folded single sheet of paper half of which is glued to the inside front endpaper of "Life Studies", Farrar, 1959. Some moderate staining and wrinkling. Possibly unpublished. The other poem is handwritten on a loose twice-folded sheet of paper, beginning "I could not have been sitting in my room, next to Pascal and Goethe.". Bookseller Inventory # 030368

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Playscript]: The Old Glory: 1. Endicott and the Red Cross 2. My Kinsman, Major Molineux 3. Benito Cereno

LOWELL, Robert

Published by American Place Theatre, New York (1964)

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Item Description: American Place Theatre, New York, 1964. Softcover. Playscript. Mimeographed sheets printed rectos only screw bound into embossed Studio Duplicating Service wrappers. Wrappers sound, but worn, particularly at the yapped edges, overall very good. Exceptionally uncommon playscript. Lowell won the 1965 Vernon Rice-Drama Desk Award for this series of three plays that appeared Off-Broadway. Bookseller Inventory # 321296

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The Old Glory.

LOWELL, Robert.

Published by New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1965 (1965)

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Item Description: New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1965, 1965. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and design to upper board in red, white, blue and gold, red endpapers and top-stain. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the very lightly toned jacket. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "For Elia with affection & admiration from Cal". Cal was the author's nickname, and the recipient is Elia Kazan, the director and screenwriter. Bookseller Inventory # 59235

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Notebook 1967-1968

Lowell, Robert; [MacDonald, Dwight]

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York (1969)

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1969. First edition of Lowell's contemplative response to the events of the late 1960s: "as my title intends, the poems in this book are written as one poem, jagged in pattern. . . . Accident threw up subjects, and the plot swallowed them." This copy is warmly inscribed to critic Dwight MacDonald and his wife Gloria: "I've tried to get more of you than just your name in this book. With love, Cal." MacDonald marched alongside Lowell at the 1967 march on the Pentagon, and is the dedicatee of the poem "The March": "lovely to lock arms, to march absurdly locked / (unlocking to keep my wet glasses from slipping) / to see the cigarette match quaking in my fingers, / then to step off like green Union Army recruits / for the first Bull Run, sped by photographers." The impact of Lowell and MacDonald's appearance at that march is memorably recorded in Norman Mailer's Armies of the Night; Lowell includes a poem dedicated to Mailer here as well. An appendix listing relevant dates includes the Six-Days' War, the Newark riots, the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia, and, for both 1967 and 1968, "the Vietnam War." A near-fine copy, with an important literary association. Octavo, original blue cloth lettered in silver, tan endpapers, original unclipped dust jacket. Lightest edgewear to jacket, faint occasional foxing. Bookseller Inventory # 100135

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Life Studies.

LOWELL, Robert.

Published by New York: Farar, Straus and Cudahy, 1959 (1959)

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Item Description: New York: Farar, Straus and Cudahy, 1959, 1959. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in black, top edge dyed green, tan endpapers. With the dust jacket. Black and white illustrated title page by Frank Parker. First US edition, first printing, of the author's collection of poems and autobiographical piece, 91 Revere Street. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Francis Mattson, Robert Lowell". Bookseller Inventory # 89537

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LEAFLETS. POEMS 1965-1968

RICH, Adrienne [LOWELL, Robert]

Published by W. W. Norton & Company (1969), New York (1969)

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Item Description: W. W. Norton & Company (1969), New York, 1969. Hardcover. First Edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper to Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and their only child Harriet: "For Elizabeth + Cal + Harriet-/with always more love-/Adrienne." Lowell appropriated the book and the margins are filled with his ticks and slashes and a few words, especially in the section "Ghazals, Homage to Ghalib," a series of meditations on contemporary life modeled on Ghalib; the similarity to the poems Lowell was then working on for NOTEBOOKS and HISTORY is remarkable as is the association value of this copy. Three years later Lowell would publish THE DOLPHIN which Rich called "a cruel and shallow book" and "one of the most vindictive and mean-spirited acts in the history of poetry." Writing in AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, she said: "what does one say about a poet who, having left his wife and daughter for another marriage, then titles a book with their names [FOR LIZZIE AND HARRIET] and goes on to appropriate his ex-wife’s letters written under the stress and pain of desertion, into a book of poems nominally addressed to the new wife?" Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 015303

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Robert Lowell

Lowell, robert)

Published by Salmagundi (1967)

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Item Description: Salmagundi, 1967. Wraps. Book Condition: Covers Slightly Darkened. First. Entire issue devoted to Robert Lowell. Bookseller Inventory # 115209

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For Lizzie and Harriet

Lowell, Robert

Published by Faber and Faber, London (1973)

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Item Description: Faber and Faber, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 48pp. Inscribed by the author "For Jim and Betty/with love/from/Cal/May 1973." This copy is from the library of the late J.F. Powers and the inscription is to him and his wife. The signature of Powers daughter Katherine, dated July 199, when she became executor of his estate, is on the front endpaper. Powers novel Morte D'Urban won the 1963 National Book Award. Lowell championed Powers' work and they corresponded for many years. An author's compliments slip from the publisher is laid-in. The dust jacket has very slight wear and soiling. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 056245

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The Dolphin

Lowell, Robert

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Item Description: Faber and Faber, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 78pp. The slightest bit of wear to the dust jacket. Author's Compliments slip laid-in. Inscribed by the author "For Jim and Betty/with Love/from/Cal/May 1973". Cal was a nickname of Lowell's that he often used. The inscription is to J.F. Powers and his wife Betty. Powers, whose novel "Morte D'Urban" won the 1963 National Book Award and whose novel "Wheat That Springeth Green" was a finalist for the same award in 1988, was a long-time friend of Lowel, who championed Powers work. Their friendship included attending the races at Saratoga and an ongoing correspondence. This copy of The Dolphin is from the late J.F. Powers library, with his daughter Katherine's signature, dated July, 1999, when she became executor of his estate. Scans on Request. Bookseller Inventory # 056730

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Item Description: Laurence Scott, (Cambridge, MA, 1969. Book Condition: A very fine, unopened copy. 4to, original frontispiece drawing by Laurence Scott, original sewn marbled wrappers, printed paper label First edition of these four poems of the anti-war movement. The poems are "R.F.K.", "The Pacification of Columbia", "The March", and "Two Walls." One of 26 lettered copies (out of a total edition of 126) signed by Lowell. These four poems were also issued as four separate broadsides. Bookseller Inventory # 21547

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The Mills of the Kavanaghs

LOWELL, ROBERT.

Published by New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1951 (1951)

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Item Description: New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1951, 1951. First Edition. Near fine in dust jacket. Inscribed by the author and signed ÒRobert Lowell.Ó. Bookseller Inventory # 30787

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Imitations

LOWELL, ROBERT.

Published by New York: Farrar, Straus, 1961 (1961)

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Item Description: New York: Farrar, Straus, 1961, 1961. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First Edition. Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket. Inscribed by the author and signed as ÒCalÓ and ÒRobert Lowell.Ó. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 30788

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Imitations *SIGNED*

Lowell, Robert

Published by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, New York (1961)

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, New York, 1961. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 149pp. xiv. Four copyright dates cited on copyright page; no editions or printings cited. Black cloth with bright gold lettering on spine; 1/8" diminished black across top spine (from sunning) beneath dw, which shows no sunning); newspaper clippings apparently stored between ffep verso and half-title page, leaving offset darkening around perimeters of ffep recto and verso (negligible on verso) and half-title page (darker than ffep recto); similar offsetting, ostensibly by news articles stored between rear flyleaf and last page of text verso, extending, diminishingly across rear cover pastedown: no text impacted by any offsetting; 6 1/2" of 8 1/4" (excluding top and bottom space) of fore-edge is offset, like coresponding perimeters of front and rear flyleafs, with top edge only mildly age-toned and bottom edge completely free of age-toning or darkening due to offsetting. White (aged to cream?) dustwrapper not price-clipped ($4.50) with author name lettering in lime across top third front cover; title lettering in black across middle third front cover, reversed across lower third front cover; 1/2" closed tear at 1" to right of top left corner front cover, with diagonal tear up and right to top edge, forming a triangle of two incomplete tears (clear tape appied on inside of dw at this place, preventing piece from completely tearing away from dw; tiny chips cross top edge spine; nearly undetectable flicks of black (lamination, not "chips" of dw paper, as across top spine), missing across bottom spine; three corners free of wear, rear cover bottom left corner with teeny-to-undetect able knick: describes worse than it is, but there you have it: Now in mylar which forgives sins graciously. No previous owner names. Boldly flatsigned in blue ink by Lowell at top right ffep, beneath and to left of perimeter of page offsetting. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Flatsigned by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 005995

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The Old Glory

Lowell, Robert

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY, 1965. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-. First Printing So Stated. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 194pp. Inscribed by the author "For Jim and Betty/with love/from/ Cal/Robert Lowell". The inscription is to J.F. Powers and his wife Betty. Powers, whose novel "Morte D'Ubran" won the 1963 National Book Award, was a long-time friend of Lowell, who championed Powers work.Their friendship included attending the races at Saratoga and an ongoing correspondence. This copy is from the late J.F. Powers library, with his daughter Katherine's signature dated July, 1999, when she became executor of his estate. Scans on request. Bookseller Inventory # 056410

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Lowell, Robert

Published by Faber and Faber, London (1973)

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Item Description: Faber and Faber, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First English Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 207pp. With The Author's Compliments slip laid-in. Inscribed by the author on the half title page "For my friend/ for almost as long as/this long stretch of time/from/Cal/May 1973" The inscription is to J.F.Powers, the author of "Morte D'Urban", which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1963 and a subsequent novel, "Wheat That Springeth Green", which was a finalist for the same award in 1988. Lowell and Powers were friends and corresponded for several years, as well as enjoying the races together at Saratoga. This copy is from the library of the late J.F. Powers, and is signed by his daughter Katherine, and dated July, 1999, when she became executor of her father's estate. Bookseller Inventory # 056455

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Lowell, Robert

Published by New York 1961 (1961)

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Item Description: New York 1961, 1961. Black Cloth. First Edition. 8vo. Inscribed By Poet. Two faint marks on front endpaper; otherwise fine. Dust jacket non-price-clipped; has small chip and two small closed tears on back. Inscribed: "For Holly with love from Cal," also signed "Robert Lowell." In addition, the poet has made notations and underlining with exclamation points on his poem "Helen," and signed "xxx Cal." Holly James was married to Henry James's nephew--a close friend and important association. Bookseller Inventory # 000250

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LOWELL, Robert

Published by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (1959), New York (1959)

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (1959), New York, 1959. cloth. First Edition. One of the century's most important volumes of poetry containing some of the poet's most memorable poems as well as the important long autobiographical prose piece "91 Revere Street." SIGNED by the poet on the front endpaper. Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper with edgwear, most severe on the rear where there is a small chip and a large creased portion at the top. Bookseller Inventory # 015304

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