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  • Sylvia Plath

    Published by Faber & Faber, London, 2008

    ISBN 10: 0571240089ISBN 13: 9780571240081

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    Paperback. Condition: new. Paperback. The Colossus was Sylvia Plath's first published volume of poetry. 'She steers clear of feminine charm, deliciousness, gentility, super sensitivity and the act of being poetess. She simply writes good poetry. And she does so with a seriousness that demands only that she be judged equally seriously . . . There is an admirable no-nonsense air about this; the language is bare but vivid and precise, with a concentration that implies a good deal of disturbance with proportionately little fuss.' A. Alvarez in the Observer Originally published in 1960, The Colossus was the only volume of Sylvia Plath's poetry published before her death in 1963. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability.


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  • Sylvia Plath.

    Published by NY: Vintage Books, 1968

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    Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Slim 8vo, printed wrappers, [viii], 84, i pp. First Paperback Edition. A Very Good to Fine copy, though the text block is yellowing with age.

  • Sylvia Plath

    Published by Faber, London, 1967

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. FIRST FABER EDITION 1967. (Definitive first was Heinemann, 1960). Vg+ hardback copy. Some pen inscriptions to front endpaper, which also has a label stain. Jacket has yellow speckling to edge of back cover. Photos on request. LISTING PHOTO DOES NOT NECESSARILY MATCH THIS COPY.

  • Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)

    Published by Faber and Faber Limited, London, 1967

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    Hardcover. First U.K. Edition. pp. 88. Slim 8vo. Lovely orange cloth over boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Housed in near fine dustjacket showing the slightest edgewear; now housed in protective mylar cover. A lovely presentation of an important work of poetry and the only volume of poetry by Plath to have been published during her lifetime. Seamus Heaney said of 'The Colossus': "On every page, a poet is serving notice that she has earned her credentials and knows her trade." The 'true first' was published in 1960 by Heinemann. Notably, the edition published by Heinemann omitted several poems which are included in this later printing.

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Knopf, New York, 1962

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    Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover, 84 pages, green cloth with title stamped in dark green on the spine and author's initials embossed on front cover. Top edge stained red. Dust jacket is unclipped, but has edgewear and a half inch chip to top of spine. Rear panel of dj is soiled and has a stain which also affects the rear cloth cover, but no pages inside.Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Record # 411764.

  • PLATH, Sylvia.

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1962

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    xi, 84 [2] pp. 8vo, publisher's green cloth in dust jacket. First US edition. Ink ownership signature at head of front free endpaper; very slightest of scattered darkening to the cloth; clean, tight and sound in a jacket with some light soiling to the rear panel; very slight use at extremities, and faint tanning of the white lettering on the spine.

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    Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Knopf, 1967

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition. Second printing.Near fine but for 0wner bookplate and stamp on frontis. No DJ/.

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    Sylvia Plath

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1962

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. The Colossus & Other Poems, Sylvia Plath. 1962. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. First edition. Octavo. First American edition. Green cloth in original dust jacket by Vincent Torre. Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket, unclipped ($4.00) and with a few minor chips and small areas of rubbing along the spine head and edges around the forecorners at front panel, section of the rear panel toned but very sharp and bright. Bright clean cloth with publisher's red topstain bright, the binding tight and square. Internally generally fine, marred only by a minor eraser mark to ffep with faint old prices in pencil erased at corner, else fine, without inscriptions, stamps, toning or other issues. An attractive example.

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Knopf, NY, 1962

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    Hardcover; First Printing. Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. First Edition. A very nice copy of Ms. Plath's first collection. Minor wear to the book. DJ has some minor edgewear and one small chip on the rear. ; 8.43 X 5.67 X 0.71 inches.

  • PLATH, Sylvia

    Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf., 1962

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    First American edition, first printing. Original green cloth with dark green titles to the spine, the author's initials blind stamped to the upper board, in dustwrapper. Red top-stain. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the red top-stain unfaded and the contents clean throughout. A date (12/25/65) is lightly written in ink to the top right of the front free endpaper. Complete with the clean and bright dustwrapper which is entirely without loss, and with just the tiniest signs of rubbing to extremities and a discreet two centimetre tear to the lower left of the front panel. Not price-clipped ($4.00 to the upper front flap). A lovely example. The first American edition of the author's debut collection, revised from the UK publication, and the author's preferred issue. Plath felt that the Heinemann first edition came and went with little review or appreciation in the UK press. For this first American edition the collection was revised, with 10 poems omitted and on publication, some 20 months after the Heinemann edition, it was met with near universal critical appreciation. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1967, 1967

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    First edition, first printing The poet's first book. With a back cover fullness of the poem "Watercolor of Grantchester Meadows." Very close to fine green boards in like dust jacket. Quite a handsome copy all around and becoming scarce in this fine condition. Dedicated "For Ted".

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Knopf, New York, 1962

    Seller: Alexander Rare Books, Hillsborough, NC, U.S.A.
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    Hardcover. Condition: Very good +. Dust Jacket Condition: very good +. First U.S. Edition. Bright green cloth, black lettering, red topstain, in dust jacket; 8vo. 84 pp. The poet's first book revised from the edition published nearly two years prior in the UK; published here to great acclaim. A fine copy in a nearly fine (complete, not price-clipped) dust jacket with trace wear at crown and half-inch strip rubbed through at the foot. Becoming scarce in collectible condition.

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1962

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    Born in Boston in 1932, American poet Sylvia Plath's writing first attracted notice when she was still a student at Smith College and won the Mademoiselle College Fiction Contest. After attending Cambridge University on a Fulbright grant, she taught at Smith and won a number of prizes for her poetry as well as a Eugene F. Saxton fellowship to complete her first novel, The Bell Jar, which was published shortly before her death in 1963. Plath's first volume of poetry and the only collection published during her lifetime, The Colossus and Other Stories, contains many of Plath's most highly regarded confessional poems, including "The Manor Garden", "A Winter Ship", "Moonrise", "The Hermit at Outermost House", and "The Beekeeper's Daughter".

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    PLATH, Sylvia.

    Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1962, 1962

    Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom
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    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in dark green, author's initials to front board and publisher's device to rear board in blind, top edge red, fore edge untrimmed. With dust jacket. A fine copy in the like jacket, notably sharp and bright. First US edition, first printing, in exceptionally nice condition, of Plath's first and only collection of poetry issued during her lifetime. It was first published in the UK in 1960. Tabor A2c.1.

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    Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1962

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST AMERICAN EDITION" printed on the copyright page. A spectacular copy. This First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears and has the publisher's $4.00 printed price present. The book is in amazing shape and appears UNREAD. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a stunning copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.

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    PLATH, Sylvia.

    Published by London Faber and Faber 1965 1967 1967, 1967

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    First editions, first impressions (The Colossus being the first Faber printing); 4 vols, 8vo; publisher's cloth, titles to spines gilt, dust-jackets, superb copies housed in a custom-made slip-case. These pristine examples were Hughes family copies.

  • Plath, Sylvia

    Published by Heinemann, 1960

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    First Edition. THE COLOSSUS AND OTHER POEMS, Heinemann, 1960, first edition, fine in vg+/near fine dust-wrapper with some light tanning and two closed tears.

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    PLATH, Sylvia

    Published by Heinemann, 1961

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    First edition. Original green cloth in white printed dustwrapper. A fine copy in a near fine price-clipped dustwrapper, largely bright and clean with a couple of spots and only a hint of the usual toning to the spine. Plath's first collection of poetry, the only one published in her lifetime.

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    PLATH, Sylvia

    Published by Heinemann, 1961

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    First edition. Original green cloth in white printed dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to her husband's (Ted Hughes) aunt and cousin, "For Hilda + Vicky with lots of love from Sylvia January 1, 1961" A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper, slightly tanned to the spine with a couple of short closed tears. A rare presentation copy of Plath's first collection of poetry, the only one published in her lifetime. Hilda Farrar and her daughter Vicky were Ted Hughes's aunt and cousin respectively. Sylvia and Ted had spent Christmas of 1960 in Yorkshire, visiting Hilda and Vicky as well as other members of Hughes' family. They returned to London on New Year's Eve, Sylvia apparently sending a copy of her recently published book immediately on her return. Presentation copies of The Colossus are rare, generally being given only to family members and close friends.

  • PLATH, Sylvia

    Published by Heinemann (1960), London, 1960

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    8vo, original green cloth, dust jacket. Signs of use, but a very good copy in worn and soiled dust jacket. Signs of use, but a very good copy in worn and soiled dust jacket First edition of Plath's first regularly published book. Presentation copy, inscribed by Plath on the front free endpaper: "For Luke & Cynthia / with love - / Sylvia / April 13, 1961." A highly important association copy, rich in personal interest and history: E. Lucas (Luke) Myers, an aspiring writer from Tennessee, was intimately connected to Ted Hughes and Plath. Plath met Luke Myers at Cambridge, where she and Myers were studying, and admired his poetry and fiction. In her journal entry for February 25, 1956, she wrote: "I have learned something from E. Lucas Meyers (sic) although he does not know me and will never know I've learned it. His poetry is great, big, moving through technique and discipline to master it and bend it supple to his will. There is a brilliant joy, there, too, almost of an athlete, running, using all the divine flexions of his muscles in the act. Luke writes alone, much. He is serious about it; he does not talk much about it. This is the way." - Sylvia Plath, The Journals (London: Faber & Faber, 2000), p. 207. On March 3, Plath commented on Myers' fiction: "A chapter - story from Luke's novel arrived, badly typed, no margins, scrawled corrections, & badly proofread. But the droll humor, the atmosphere of London & country which seeps indefinably in through the indirect statement: all this is delicate & fine. The incidents & intrigues are something I could never dream up . . . Nothing so dull & obvious & central as love or sex or hate: but deft, oblique. As always, coming unexpectedly upon the good work of a friend or acquaintance, I itch to emulate, to sequester." - Plath, The Journals, p. 344. Luke Myers was a close friend of Ted Hughes, and it was outside the chicken coop behind the rectory of St. Botolph's Church that Myers rented from Mrs. Helen Hitchcock, the widow of a former rector, that Hughes used to pitch his tent on weekend visits to Cambridge University, from which he had graduated a year and a half before. St. Botolph's rectory "was a poets' haven, anarchic and unjudgmental", with Mrs. Hitchcock "turning a blind eye to the capers, bibilous and otherwise, of her undergraduate lodgers, of whom she was very fond." - Anne Stevenson, Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath (London: Viking Penguin, 1989), p. 73. In February, 1956, a group of young Cambridge poets including Luke Myers, Ted Hughes, Daniel Huws and David Ross, among others, had just put together a little magazine appropriately named the St. Botolph's Review after Luke Myers' digs where they often gathered, and the launch party for the magazine (of which only one issue was published) was to be the occasion for the first fateful meeting between Plath and Hughes on Saturday, February 25, 1956. Plath, who had read some of the poetry by the St. Botolph's group - and two of whose own poems had been criticized recently by one of them, Daniel Huws, in the student magazine Chequer - purchased a copy of the Review on the morning of the party, and memorized several of Hughes's poems in anticipation of attending the party and meeting him. According to Plath's journal entry, after dancing for a while with a drunken, "satanic" Luke Myers, she ran into Hughes. Amid the crush of the party, "I started yelling again about his poems and quoting: most dear unscratchable diamond' and he yelled back, colossal, in a voice that should have come from a Pole, You like?' and asking me if I wanted brandy, and me yelling yes and backing into the next room . . . And then it came to the fact that I was all there, wasn't I, and I stamped and screamed yes, . . . and I was stamping and he was stamping on the floor, and then he kissed me bang smash on the mouth and ripped my hair band off, my lovely red hairband scarf which has weathered the sun and much love, and whose like I shall never again find, and my favorite silver earrings: hah, I shall keep, he barked. And when he kissed my neck I bit him long and hard on the cheek, and when we came out of the room, blood was running down his face." - Sylvia Plath, The Journals, pp. 211-212. As Diane Middlebrook put it: "Ted Hughes may not have been looking for a wife that night, but Sylvia Plath was looking for a husband, and Ted Hughes met her specifications exactly." - Diane Middlebrook, Her Husband: Hughes and Plath - A Marriage (London: Viking, 2003), p. 5. A month later in London, Hughes, not wanting "to declare his interest . . . asked Lucas Myers to play go-between. Myers could meet Plath for a drink somewhere, then just drop in on Hughes at the flat on Rugby Street, as if by chance. Myers admits in his memoir that he had taken a dislike to Plath, and that he agreed to this ploy reluctantly. He duly invited Plath to join him and Michael Boddy, another of Hughes's friends, at a pub called the Lamb, in Conduit Street - a poets' hangout - and shortly afterward suggested a visit to Hughes. It didn't take long to see that Hughes and Plath wanted to be alone." Later that night, at Plath's hotel, they spent - in Plath's words - a "sleepless holocaust night" together. - Middlebrook, p. 24. Soon after, Hughes left the job he had in London and moved to Cambridge, sharing a flat with Myers in Tenison Road, meeting Plath every day, and abruptly marrying her on Bloomsday, June 16, 1956 - secretly, with Plath's mother, Aurelia, the only family member at the wedding. In later years, Myers was witness to the difficulties in the marriage, and aware of its tenuous nature. In a measured attempt to explain "Sylvia's behavior and volte-faces between pleasantness and bitchiness" to Olwyn Hughes in a letter dated March 12, 1960, Myers wrote: "I have the feeling that it is best to think of Sylvia as being always pretty much as she was this weekend . . . Ted suffers a good deal more than he would ever indicate or admit, but he.