First edition. Hagstrom & Morgan A44a1. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page by the author to his lover Robert Isaacson: "For dearest Robert from / H & K and his old friend Jimmy xi.82." "H & K" are Harry and Kathleen Ford, to whom the book is dedicated. Ford was Merrill's editor. In his autobiographical memoir, Merrill describes meeting Isaacson for the first time in Rome. Isaacson "was dressed like me, had the same haircut, the same turn of the head, was someone I knew with more than intimacy. I knew him from inside the skin, the way I knew myself . . . He sat down . . . smiling across at me with the same mollifying smile I'd produced on such occasions from early boyhood. I looked away." (A Different Person, p.133) 8vo, original cloth, dust jacket. A very fine copy with a distinguished provenance. (Inventory #: 23100)
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