Item #75267 & [or] AMPERSAND. E. E. Cummings.

& [or] AMPERSAND

New York: Privately Printed, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. This copy is Number 257 of 333, and one of the 222 printed on De Coverly Rag Laid paper. Octavo. Original gold-speckled green paper-covered boards,
with red titles. A few marginal nicks and tears. The spine is scuffed and toned, with some general shelfwear and minor staining. Seldom seen in fine condition or anything approaching it. Firmage A4b.

The remaining pieces of the original manuscript of Tulips & Chimneys were issued in two subsequent collections. At the Dial Press, editor Lincoln McVeigh found 41 poems acceptable enough to be published in XLI Poems (1925). In order to avoid the very real threat of prosecution on obscenity charges, Cummings arranged to have the remaining work, which comprised his most personal efforts written for and dedicated to his first wife, Elaine Orr, issued in this privately printed limited edition. Its title is a not so subtle reference to publisher Thomas Seltzer’s refusal to include an ampersand in the title of Tulips and Chimneys (1923). Good. Item #75267

Price: $250.00

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