The very elusive correct first issue
Thomas, Dylan ~ 18 Poems
Sunday Referee & Parton Bookshop, London : 1934
The First UK printing published by The Sunday Referee & Parton Bookshop, London in 1934. The correct first issue with a flat spine, and bound in black cloth without the tipped-in advertisement leaf between the half-title and title pages and an untrimmed fore-edge. Only the first 250 copies (of the total of 500) were so bound. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. The gilt titling remains very bright. Light offsetting and spotting to the prelims with light spotting to the text-block with a few spots to the page edges in a few places. One neat penned previous owner's name to the lower front blank-end-paper. The fragile paper WRAPPER is in Very Good++ condition. Light edge-wear with a little loss at the upper spine end and upper rear edge. A small closed tear to the lower front spine fold. Two small closed tears to the upper rear edge have been expertly repaired to the verso with Japanese tissue paper. Light toning to the spine, folds and edges. Slight age relating markings in places but the wrapper presents very well in the removable Brodart archival cover. The author's first collection of poetry. In April 1934 Dylan Thomas won the Sunday Referee's Poet's Corner Prize, which included their sponsorship of this, his first book. He closely oversaw the publication of the book, staying in London to ensure that the printing went smoothly and to correct any typographical errors. The first issue of this book was published in December 1934, a month after Thomas' twentieth birthday, when 250 of 500 printed sets of sheets were bound up and sold. The second issue, consisting of the remaining 250 sets of sheets, was not bound up until February of 1936. Housed in a custom grey solander box with marbled inserts and gilt titling. A very scarce title.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++