Hard Cover. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1927. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Early printing, with publisher's code F-B (June 1927). Publisher's three-quarter black cloth and gray-blue paper-covered boards, top edge stained orange-yellow, in original unclipped dust jacket. A near fine copy with a touch of light wear to spine ends and some scattered pencil markings throughout text; dust jacket good or better, lightly worn and soiled, with some tears and loss to spine ends and corners. Yost 31. The King's Henchman is a story inspired by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a set of manuscripts written in the ninth century that detail the history of the Anglo-Saxons in England. Millay's story tells of the travels of Aethelwold, a henchman to the fictional king of England, who falls in love with the woman that the king is supposed to marry and finally kills himself out of guilt for denying them both a marriage to each other. This story was first written as the libretto for an opera commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. American composer Deems Taylor enlisted Millay as his librettist upon the suggestion from his wife. The opera went on to be staged sixteen times at the Met, as well in 46 other cities, and received praise from critics and audiences.