New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1945. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine gilt, title-page printed in black and red, original dust jacket.
First edition of this posthumous collection of previously unpublished poems by "the Belle of Amherst": "Soul, take thy risks!/With death to be/Were better than/Be not with thee!" 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. Disputes within the family, and with those tasked with editing the work, impeded publication of the rest. The present volume represents the last and largest group of Dickinson's previously unpublished poems to appear before her divided estate passed in its entirety to Harvard University in 1950. Illustrated with several manuscript facsimiles; with a foreword by poet and critic Mark Van Doren and an introduction by co-editor Millicent Todd Bingham. Stated first edition, first printing with publisher's date code "C-U" on the copyright page, indicating publication in March '45. BAL 4695. Unclipped dust jacket with minor chipping to head of spine and small loss to upper panel, else a near fine copy. Item #451