First edition, first American issue of Moore's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. The first edition of Moores Collected Poems was printed and bound by Faber & Faber for both the English and American markets, the American issue being printed with an integral title-page for Macmillan, and exported to the United States, but withdrawn prior to publication owing to copyright problems. One of 1500 copies printed (out of a total first printing of 5000 copies, 3500 of which were for England). Abbott A10.b1, calling this the second English impression, first issue (Macmillan, New York) 1951. The errata sheet is tipped to p. . Presentation copy, inscribed by Moore to Katherine Anne Porter on the front free endpaper: "For Katherine Anne Porter / from Marianne Moore. December 3, 1951/ permit it pretend, dear Katherine Anne / that it is a moonbeam and therefore / entitled to rest once at least / on a heliotrope palissandre velvet settee". Moores inscription refers to Porters palissandre settee, which she had seen on a visit to Porters apartment in the fall of 1951. After the visit, Porter had written to Moore on November 27, 1951, commenting on how Moore had looked on the heliotrope velvet, that palissandre will never look so well again. Moores poem Then the Ermine, which was written some time later and published in Poetry in October 1952, alludes to the same settee: So let the palisandre settee express it, / ebony velvet, / Master Corbo in full dress, / and shepherdess, / an exhilarating hoarse crow-note / or dignity with intimacy. The poem was first published in book form in 1957 in Like A Bulwark, a copy of which Moore sent Porter. Porter replied Bless you for sending me Like a Bulwark for you know I am one of your most attentive and loving readers; it has been wonderful seeing Tom Fool at Jamaica and Then the Ermine (that with a special kind of personal feeling) . . . Porter to Moore, January 1, 1957. In his note to this edition, Moores bibliographer Abbott writes: "In a strict sense, these copies were never issued. According to Peter du Sautoy in a letter to [Abbott], Faber and Faber printed its first impression and also printed and bound for Macmillan, New York, an impression of 1500 copies. When these arrived in New York, presumably in time for a projected publication date of November 1951, they were seized by U.S. customs officials not, however, before part of the shipment had been released to Macmillan. Of those released, about forty copies were inscribed by Moore for presentation and a few others were sent out as review copies. These review and presentation copies constitute the first issue of the second impression. To avoid the loss of American copyright, Macmillan returned to Faber the rest of the copies, including those seized." The official publication date of the British edition was September 14, 1951; the first edition of the Collected Poems to be printed in America was published on December 17, 1951. T. S. Eliot, who had edited, introduced and published Moores Selected Poems (London, Faber & Faber, 1935), was responsible for publishing her Collected Poems as well, having asked Moore in 1944, and again in 1948, if Faber could publish her Collected Poems after the war. Moores Collected Poems swept all of the major literary awards for poetry: the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize 8vo, original reddish orange cloth, dust jacket. (Inventory #: 23084)
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