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. 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), inscribed to Anselm and Josie Hollo: “without whose encouragement none of this would have been done,” dated Apr. 20, 1967. 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 proof copy has the same binding as the 450 hard-bound copies. 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.