NP: 1964 - 1971. First edition. Black card portfolio with central clamp, typed label on the front cover partially removed. Hand-written title page (by the author), thanking his first publisher, Irv Broughton. Some oxidation from the clamp on the written title page (and small spots on the final leaf). Dated in red ink by Stanford on the first poem, "1964" and "1971" on the final one, presumably leaving the poems in chronological order. Title poem (and a few others) with pinpoint holes from a removed staple, signed at the end by Stanford. Two other leaves with authorial edits or comments in red ink. 47 leaves in total (including written title page), comprising 21 poems on type-written sheets and the final two poems (16 leaves) appear to be Xeroxed copies of the typed sheets. The complete original manuscript that was used by Broughton to publish Stanford's ground-breaking first book of poetry. Included is a signed letter of provenance from Broughton.
Irv Broughton agreed to publish Stanford's first book of poetry (this one) after meeting him at the Hollins Conference for Creative Writing and Cinema in 1970. Broughton's Mill Mountain Press would then publish a further six works by Stanford, including his masterpiece, "The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You." Broughton had a close personal and professional relationship with the poet, traveling with him for much of 1972 working on a collaborative project where they interviewed and filmed Malcolm Cowley, John Crowe Ransom, and Richard Eberhart.
The present manuscript provides a unique opportunity to acquire Stanford's important first book in its authentic, author-typed and annotated state. Near Fine (Item #1820)
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