The Relation Ship.
Goliard Press, 1966. Item #1019
Cloth and Japanese paper over boards with beautiful three-color rice paper wrapper. With drawings by Barry Hall printed offset, blind-embossed, and hand-colored by the artist.
This is the poet’s first book and includes a poem dedicated to Anselm and Josephine Hollo. Raworth and Hollo met in London in 1960 or 1961 and remained lifelong friends. This copy is inscribed to Anselm and Josie Hollo: “without whose encouragement none of this would have been done,” on Apr. 20, 1967.
From the colophon: “This first edition consists of: 6 specially bound. 450 hard-bound, of which the first 50 are numbered and signed by author and artist, with a three-color wrapper.” This is no. 1 of 6 proof copies (so stated in Raworth’s hand and not mentioned in the colophon or in Dorward), and has the same binding as the 450 hard-bound copies. The book is fine with a bit of toning on the colophon page, extremely fragile wrapper is near fine with a touch of chipping at crown and foot of spine.