The King's Henchman. Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman
The King's Henchman

The King's Henchman

New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Edna St. Vincent Millay. A play in three acts by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), the canonical American poet, quintessential Greenwich Village Bohemian & LGBT icon. The text here became the libretto for an opera by the venerable composer & critic Deems Taylor (1885-1966), which was presented at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to popular acclaim, but apparently never revived. Hardcover in boards with cloth spine & corners, first edition, fourth printing as indicated by "E-B" on copyright page. With frontispiece woodcut illustration by the noted artist Harry Cimino (1898-1969). We have seen references to a limited, numbered & signed edition of this work; although this is an early printing of the regular trade edition, Millay has hand-written her signature on a special leaf of handmade paper attached opposite front paste-down & preceding blank front endpaper, above reproduction of a photograph of millay affixed to the leaf. Also, we found & have retained an interesting piece of ephemera loosely placed between pages 52-53: An appx. contemporary newspaper clipping with two of Millay's beloved little sonnets, including "In Little Things": "There's happiness in little things,/ There's joy in passing pleasure./ But friendships are, from year to/ year,/ The best of all life's treasure." Without dust jacket, scarcely available in good or better condition. A uniquely rare & desirable copy of a well-known production by this most venerated, time-tested & significant American literary figure. In relatively fine condition with mild rubbing, fading & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; slight wear & rubbing to edges & corners of same; moderate browning & scratching to paper title affixed to spine with only very slight effect on letters; moderate rubbing & browning to edges of text block (side edge of same untrimmed as issued). Interior fine with moderate browning to paste-downs, endpapers (incl. signature-photo leaf); previous owner's undated but obviously contemporary signature, location & quotation on front blank endpaper; light browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; moderate-to-significant residual browning in areas of pgs. 52-53 where ephemera resides (not effecting legibility of any text). Ephemera significantly browned & fragile on newspaper stock; otherwise very fine. Fine. [Item #4549]

Price: $100.00