WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 650 - 980
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).
8vo. Publisher's original cloth-backed patterned paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, cancel title (as called for), original blue-gray card slipcase with printed paper label, rubbing to cloth spine, paper tear at hinges, soiling to slipcase.
Provenance: Bob Cook (inscribed by Williams to front fly).

FIRST EDITION TO INCLUDE KINGDOM OF EARTH, INSCRIBED BY WILLIAMS TO FRONT FLY AND SIGNED ON THE COLOPHON, number 97 of 100 copies (plus an overrun of copies marked "Presentation Copy" or "Out of Series") produced from the sheets of the trade issue, with cancel title page, for Williams himself and not for sale. It is believed that all but 10 numbered copies, and 20 of the presentation copies, were destroyed while in storage. Williams had originally intended that "Kingdom of Earth" would appear with the trade edition of the collection, but New Directions had concerns over obscenity, and so they agreed to leave out Kingdom of Earth, but to provide a limited edition including it instead. Crandall A13.1.b.
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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. [New York]: New Directions, (1954).
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