Item #516 SELECTED POEMS. Clark Ashton SMITH.


Sauk City, Wisconsin, Arkham House, 1971. First edition. Black cloth, gilt spine. xx,403 pp. First edition, edition limited to 2118 copies. Small bump at lower fore-tip, else near fine, in bright, near fine Gary Gore designed dust jacket with only slight use at tips. 

Introductory appreciation essay by Benjamin DeCasseres entitled, "Clark Ashton Smith: Emperor of Shadows." This omnibus collection of the poems of  Smith, containing over five hundred selections, reproduces  entire volumes of verse long out of print as well as complete cycles of poems never before published. "Smith prepared this volume between 1944 and 1949 but never saw it published; instead, it was delayed until eight years after his death. It is the only Arkham House poetry volume published up to this time to receive a 'normal,' rather than a limited print run -- and justly so, for Smith is far and away the leading weird poet in English and would have been recognized as a major American poet of the twentieth century if the course of American poetry had not veered toward an abandonment of strict form and metre beginning in the 1920s." -- Joshi, p. 102. Near fine / near fine. Item #516

JOSHI 111;
BARRON 8-38.

Price: $95.00