New York: The Dial Press, 1924. 8vo. 120 pages. Original black half cloth, black boards, printed paper spine label, with an additional label mounted on rear pastedown. A very good plus copy, internally fresh and clean, the spine label lightly chipped at edges and toned, a few small areas of wear to covers. Item #406007
FIRST EDITION, first impression of Moore's second book of poetry, but the first published with her approval. The book won the Dial Award in 1924. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Moore on the front flyleaf: "This is Dean Warren Bower's copy of my 'Observations' – the preferable edition – and I wish I had given it to him / Marianne Moore / March 26 1954 / not corrected however." Warren Bower was professor of English at New York University and was well known for his WNYC radio program, “The Reader's Almanac,” which offered interviews with authors between 1938 and 1967. In 1962 Bower was given the Peabody Award for the show. Moore appeared on the program in 1961 and was interviewed by Bower about her collection 'A Marianne Moore Reader.' By the time of her inscription, Moore's reputation was fully established: she had won the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer and Bollingen Prizes in 1951; she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955. Abbott A3.1. A wonderful association copy of one of the landmarks of early 20th century verse.
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