Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1929. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, top edge gilt, original printed dust jacket.
First trade edition of this collection of over 150 poems previously withheld from publication. "I reckon, when I count at all,/First Poets – then the Sun –/Then Summer – then the/Heaven of God –/And then the list is done." Only a handful of Dickinson's nearly 1800 poems were published in her lifetime, with roughly a third of them seen through the press in the years immediately following her death in 1886. Dickinson's niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, and another heir, Alfred Leete Hampson, edited the present volume upon discovery of the poems in 1928. Says Bianchi in her introduction, "When the little, unexplored package gave up these poems of Emily Dickinson which her sister, Lavinia, never saw fit to publish, it was for one breathless instant as if the bright apparition of Emily had returned to the old house, with the bees and birds still busy beneath the window, to salute us with her wings." First printing, issued March, 1929 (as stated on the copyright page); issued simultaneously with a limited edition. BAL 4683, Myerson A6.1.a. Spine a trifle dulled, minor rubbing to bottom edges of boards; some chipping to dust jacket, including to spine-ends, flap folds, front flap, and approximately 1" narrow vertical strip along spine and rear panel. Nonetheless, a very good copy, scarce in dust jacket. Item #450