Bishop's first book, signed

North & South.

New York: Houghton Mifflin, [1946].

Price: $4,500.00

About the item

First edition, second printing, one of 500 copies. [viii], 54 pp. 8vo. Bishop's first book, signed. Original blue cloth, decorated lettering in silver, with silver compass rose to upper cover, dust-jacket by Samuel Hanks Bryant (supplied). Vertical line offset to endpapers from jacket flap, hint of wear to board extremities; jacket with some chips and tears, rubbing and a bit of toning to jacket spine, price-clipped, but a better example than often found. MacMahon A1.

Item #309185

Signed by the author on the title-page. Bishop's first book, winner of the Houghton Mifflin Poetry Award. The publishers asked Bishop to submit a manuscript for the prize after reading her "Songs for a Colored Singer" in the Fall 1944 issue of Partisan Review. This is the second printing of 500 copies, which appeared the same year as the initial printing of 1000. The collection was reprinted, along with A Cold Spring, as her second collection in 1955. Signed copies of any printing of this first edition are rarely encountered in the market.