Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth spine over aquamarine cloth-covered boards, printed paper spine label, top edge gilt, others uncut, frontispiece manuscript facsimile, attached green silk bookmark, original paperboard slipcase with printed and hand-numbered paper spine label.
Deluxe limited first edition of this posthumous collection of previously unpublished poems by "the Belle of Amherst": "If your Nerve deny you,/Go above your Nerve,–/You can lean against the Grave/If he fear to swerve." 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. Over the years, Dickinson's niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi (with the assistance of another heir, Alfred Leete Hampson), published several volumes from previously uncollected work "disclosed during the exhaustive examination of the Dickinson family papers made obligatory by the increasing posthumous fame of the poet" (from the prefatory note), with this being the last. The Dickinson estate passed in its entirety to Harvard University in 1950. Number 228 of 525 copies (of which 500 were for sale). BAL 4688, Myerson A7.1a. Without rare glassine dust jacket. Light soiling to cloth; moderate soiling and wear to scarce paperboard slipcase, with partial split along top edge of one panel. Overall, a very good copy. Item #452