Cipango's Hinder Door. Edward Dahlberg.
Cipango's Hinder Door
Cipango's Hinder Door

Cipango's Hinder Door

Austin, TX: University of Texas, 1965. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. "The dialectic of the myth in Edward Dahlberg's poetry affirms, first, the triumph of the human intelligence and, second, opposes this triumph with an obsessive awareness of relentless change and decay." (from Foreword by Allen Tate) A volume of poetry, including the title poem, by Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), the great American writer whose difficult, wandering early life inspired his autobiographical first novel, Bottom Dogs (1930), now a classic in the collectible canon. Dahlberg also influenced & overlapped with the Beat Generation, having contributed to several issues of Big Table along with William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & co. He developed a uniquely individual, while richly allusive, style in prose & poetry which came to utmost fruition during this later period of his distinguished & prolific career. With a deep, enthusiastic foreword by the renowned poet & essayist Allen Tate (1899-1979) as quoted above. Offered here is a copy from the first limited edition of 1000 (un-numbered) published by the University of Texas at Austin, where a major portion of Dahlberg's archive resides. Hardcover in dust jacket, a very handsome production. A rare & desirable Dahlberg collectible. Book in very fine condition with only very slight wear & fading of black cloth at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine esp. upper edges & corners; mild rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with previous owner signature of Howard McCord in bordered, blank area of inner front cover/ pastedown. We are reasonably certain that this is the acclaimed, prolific author & educator, who is an alumni of UT at El Paso & also crossed paths with the Beats through his work with Indian poets during the 1960s. The signature is bold & with striking calligraphy. Slight browning at blank-graphic edges of some page leaves, including title page with several small, faint stain-spots; otherwise substantially pristine. Unclipped dust jacket in fine condition with very light rubbing, browning & occasional light, faint creasing to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; several small-to-tiny spots with loss of grey surface to esp. front cover, spine & at/near edges, corners of back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3397]

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