Iowa City, Iowa: The Stone Wall Press, 1960.
First Edition, limited to 200 copies, of which numbers I-XX are printed on Rives Heavy by Kimber Merker and Raeburn Miller, this number XVIII. 140pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. The publisher's copy, in fine condition. Publisher's full black morocco, spine gilt stamped, upper cover blindstamped WK, near fine in shelf-worn slipcase, only issued with the Rives Heavy copies Berger 8; Provenance: from the library of Kim Merker of the Stone Wall and Windhover presses. Item #351934
Collects the three volumes of poetry Kees published before his disappearance in 1955: The Last Man, The Fall of the Magicians, and Poems 1947-1954.
Donald Justice had sent a letter to Kees, including both his youthful admiration and a sestina, a form which Kees – always something of a formalist – was fond of employing, along with the villanelle and the sonnet. The letter was only fielded posthumously by Kees' father, who let the young poet edit this collection, which was released as a trade paperback later in the year, establishing Kees' fame and influence with a younger generation.
This copy with Stone Wall's publication announcement, addressed to Merker's parents, laid-in.
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