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PATERSON. Inscribed.

New York: [1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958]. New Directions, 1946.

1st Edition. Williams, William Carlos. PATERSON. Inscribed. New York: New Directions, [1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958]. Five Volumes. First Editions All. This set unique of this landmark work as the first volume is nicely inscribed in an early hand on the front free endpaper: "Bob MacGuffie - Hopefully / William Carlos Williams". Five Octavo Volumes; mostly quite fine in like dustwrappers showing only the slightest use [Volume 4, very good, with a narrow line of damping to the wrapper spine]. All first editions in clear plastic outer wrappers which may not have been originally supplied by the publisher but are certainly contemporary. The first four books limited to only 1000 copies, the fifth to 3000. Williams' epic masterpiece. [Book III - Winner of the first ever National Book Award for Poetry - 1950]. Housed in a fine gilt-lettered custom ¼ morocco over marbled paper clamshell case. "This is [a] . . . long poem in which one of our most consciously American poets attempts to focus in extended form the poetic concepts of many years' work and growth. In the poem Dr. Williams employs the traditions and traits of an American locality - in this case around Paterson, New Jersey - in somewhat the same way as a painter uses abstract form to achieve a definitive statement." Wallace, A24, A25, A30, A34, A44. "This is the first part of a long poem in four parts--that man in himself is a city, beginning, seeking, achieving and concluding his life in ways which the various aspects of a city may embody--if imaginatively conceived--any city, all the details of which may be made to voice his most intimate convictions. Part One introduces the elemental character of the place. The Second Part will comprise the modern replicas. Three will seek a language to make them vocal, and Four, the river below the falls, will be reminiscent of episodes - all that any one man may achieve in a lifetime" - From Williams, introduction to Paterson, which became five, rather than four volumes. Connolly 100 - The Modern Movement.

Item #30970 Price: $5,500.00
PATERSON. Inscribed. William Carlos Williams.