THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines. Ralph Hodgson.
THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines.
THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines.

THE LAST BLACKBIRD and Other Lines.

[the dedicatee's copy] London: George Allen, 1907. Original deep reddish-brown cloth, with dust jacket.

First Edition, first issue (with top edge gilt and other edges untrimmed) of this collection of 26 poems -- the poet's first book, published when he was 26. Hodgson (1871-1962) was a reclusive man who avoided publicity, but who in his time was quite popular, and a few of his poems regularly appear in anthologies; he was also an early voice for ecology, writing about man's destruction of the natural world. A friend of Walter De la Mare, at the time of this first book Hodgson was working as an artist for various publications; in 1913 he would co-found a private press "At the Sign of the Flying Fame" with the illustrator Claud Lovat Fraser and the journalist Holbrook Jackson; in 1924 he would move to Japan to be an English lecturer -- also becoming a major factor in translating classical Japanese poetry into English. Ultimately he and his (second) wife retired to Ohio.

This copy of the first issue is in near-fine condition, slightly rubbed at the extremities; included is the quite scarce dust jacket, in very good condition (minor edge-wear, with a couple of discreet reinforcements on the verso).

Provenance: the front free endpaper bears the inscription "'The smallest of red books but very much therein... Some books are alive.' G.A.B.D. April 30, 1907"; there are also several penciled notations alongside some poems. Per the dedication page, G.A.B.D. was the dedicatee of this book -- George A[lbemarle]. B[ertie]. Dewar -- a writer who wrote about the natural world in such books as THE BOOK OF THE DRY FLY (1897). This association copy could be labeled the Dedication Copy. Item #14432

Price: $250.00

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