Hard Cover. Mount Vernon, NY: Golden Eagle Press, 1949. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated with reproductions of work by Cummings, Paul Klee, Amadeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. First separate edition. Publisher's blue paper-covered boards decorated in gilt; in the matching blue and gold dust jacket and publisher's gold slipcase. A near fine copy with some sunning to spine, gilt exceptionally bright; near fine dust jacket lightly toned and with some rubbing to extremities, slipcase near fine. Overall, a beautiful copy. First published in 1921 in the American literary magazine The Dial and later in a collection of Cummings' poetry titled Tulips and Chimneys, the poem Puella Mea appears here in its first separate edition. Latin for "my girl," the title refers to Cummings' first wife, Elaine Orr Thayer, about whom the poem is written. Descriptive and lyrical, the poem references women of mythology, boasting that no beauty can match that of the woman he writes to lovingly about. Notably, Puella Mea is one of Cummings' earliest poems, and is written in a noticeably more traditional style than some of the more avant-garde works for which he is best known.