THE RARE FIRST ISSUE - CRANE'S OWN COPY

White Buildings.; Foreword by Allan Tate

New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First edition, first issue. 8vo. Original quarter blue cloth, boards covered with black-and-beige textured paper, without dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, THE VERY SCARCE FIRST ISSUe, with the misspelling "Allan Tate" on the title page. The entire first printing consisted of 500 copies; 50 were sent out to reviewers. These 50 comprise the first issue, with Allen Tate's name misspelled. For the balance of the run, the title page was reset and inserted. With CRANE’S BOOKPLATE ON THE PASTEDOWN HALF OF THE FRONT END-PAPER; THE FREE HALF BEARS HIS SIGNATURE. The text shows liquor and coffee stains; the binding is worn but not shabby. Multiple tipped-in items in the back endpapers. The Crane bookplate is state "C" [see K. Lohf, “The Library of Hart Crane,” Proof, Vol. 3, 1973], considered to be the original of this design. Item #32551

"THE POETRY OF HART CRANE IS AMBITIOUS" (Allen Tate, Foreword). Crane's first book did not easily reach publication. After some consideration, it was rejected by Samuel Jacobs of the Golden Eagle Press, the firm responsible for E.E. Cummings's “Tulips and Chimneys.” Waldo Frank assisted Crane's further search, finally engaging Boni & Liveright under the condition that Eugene O'Neill write a foreword. O'Neill initially agreed, but several months later he changed his mind. Allen Tate, a friend of all concerned, offered to write the foreword under O'Neill's name. Eventually, it appeared under Tate's own name, with a blurb by O'Neill on the dust jacket. [Schwarz & Schweik A 1.1 Note]. Provenance: John H. Birss.

Price: $27,500.00

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