FIRST TRADE EDITION OF IN COUNTRY SLEEP SIGNED BY DYLAN THOMAS
THOMAS, Dylan. In Country Sleep. (New York): New Directions, (1952). Slim octavo, original blue-green boards, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First trade edition, published only one year before Thomas’ death, signed and dated 1953 by Thomas, in scarce dust jacket.
Dylan Thomas’ last collection of new poetry includes “Poem on His Birthday,” the famed villanelle “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night,” “Lament” and “In Country Sleep.” Interviewed just before the book’s publication, Thomas said, “I’ve never seen what a poem really looks like. But I keep trying” (Ferris, 274). He died the following year. With photograph of Thomas mounted on the title page. The first trade edition was published the same year as the signed limited first edition of only 100 copies. Rolph B15. Maud, 18.
Book fine; only slight wear to extremities of scarce, unrestored dust jacket. A fine signed copy.