Paterson. Books 1-5. [New York]: New Directions, [1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958].
Five volumes. 8vo. [l]; [lviii]; [liv]; [lx Publisher's cloth, in the original dust-jackets. A fine set, in which Volume 5 is a review copy, complete with review slip. $2,500.00
First edition. This set contains one (very) long poem stretched out over twelve years. "This is [a] . . . long poem in which one of our most consciously American poets attempts to focus in extended form the poetic concepts of many years' work and growth. In the poem Dr. Williams employs the traditions and traits of an American locality - in this case around Paterson, New Jersey - in somewhat the same way as a painter uses abstract form to achieve a definitive statement." Wallace, A24, A25, A30, A34, A44
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