Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. First Edition. Bukowski's first full-length book of poetry published by Black Sparrow Press, an important collection, and something of a retrospective of his work to date. Many of these poems dealt with his grief over the death of Jane Cooney Baker, his first wife, to whom he was married briefly in 1952. Noted as one of Al Fogel's "Top 20 Bukowski Rarities." Krumhansl 32c; Morrow & Cooney 76c. Item #5537
Deluxe Issue, one of five specially designated copies set aside for the author, publisher, printer, binder, and the publisher's files, this one marked "Binder's Copy" and signed by the author on the colophon. Octavo (24.5cm); printed paper and patterned velveteen cloth backstrip, with title label applied to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; ,13-153,pp, with an original ink and watercolor illustration tipped onto a preliminary leaf. Fine in a lightly rubbed and wavy, Near Fine dustjacket.