First edition, first printing. Original black cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, in the dustwrapper illustrated by Leonard Baskin. A very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents, except for a neat owner's inscription in black ink to the front free endpaper, clean and bright throughout. Complete with the better than very good dustwrapper, a little darkened and scuffed to the spine and a touch rubbed to spine tips and folds, showing a few tiny marks to the rear panel. Not price-clipped (£1.00 net to the front flap). An attractive copy.
The poems collected in 'Crow' were mostly written between 1966 and 1969, following a fallow period after the death of Sylvia Plath. In a letter to Leonard Baskin, whose drawing graces the (now iconic) jacket, Hughes described the book as his masterpiece. It was Baskin's drawings of crows that had prompted Hughes to write the sequence (centred around the central character/symbol of Crow). The book was reissued with seven extra poems in 1972, with a further three being added to the limited edition published in 1973. The poet Peter Porter wrote at the time that "English poetry has found a new hero and nobody will be able to read or write verse now without the black shape of Crow falling across the page". Published 12 October 1970 in an edition of 4000 copies. (Sagar A 25)
Stock code: 22024