Glasgow: William MacLellan, 1955. [Scottish Poetry] FIRST TRADE EDITION. Quarto (29 x 23cm), pp.150. With occasional illustrations by Fergusson. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine and a gilt decoration to upper. Top edge green. With the green dust-jacket titled in white, and priced at one Guinea. Spotting and offsetting to endpapers. Jacket toned and rubbed to spine, with light chipping and closed tears to top edge and two minor tape burns to rear cover. Very good. A long poem originally written on Shetland immediately after Joyce's death in 1941. Its publication was prevented for nearly fifteen years, first by the death of publisher Jack Kahane, and subsequently by the wartime shortages of paper and increased costs of printing and binding. A number of other long poems are printed here as well, building on MacDiarmid's aim to break away from English parochialism and tap into the World Soul of literature, which he associated so much with the work of Joyce. Item #56364
From the library of pioneering Sports Scientist Prof. N.C. Craig Sharp (1933-2018), also a Burns scholar and Poetry Critic for Radio Clyde.
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