Poems [1891 – 1st UK]


By Emily Dickinson

The scarce First UK Printing of this first book of Dickinson’s poetry

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  • First UK Printing [James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, & Co, London, 1891]; 158pp; yellow cloth, gilt titling, ink tracings over gilt, spine darkened, spine ends chipped, boards bumped & rubbed at extremities, small marks, ffep removed, gift inscription on first prelim, inner front hinge starting but firm, slight offsetting to endpapers, ghost darkening on 30-31pp from small newspaper clipping [now removed]; a very good copy
  • Emily Dickinson [1830-1886] died in relative obscurity with only a few poems receiving publication in literary journals during her lifetime. This is the first collation of work found en masse after her death.
  • Edited By Two Of Her Friends, Mabel Loomis Todd & T.W. Higginson
  • First published in the US [Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1890]
  • James Osgood was a prominent publisher in Boston before working at Harpers Magazine. With the company’s permission he re-entered the publishing business in London, partnering with Clarence McIlvaine. Hence the Harper & Brothers imprint at the base of this book’s spine.
  • This collection of 115 poems was followed up with publication of Poems: Second Series [1891] & Poems: Third Series [1896]
  • A scarce & important book