Hard Cover. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1917. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy; signed and inscribed by Millay on the front endpaper. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt, pages watermarked "AGM Glaslan." A fine copy, former owner bookplate to front pastedown glassine chipped with some loss to the upper spine. Overall, a beautiful and unsophisticated copy of Millay's scarce first book. Housed in a custom full brown Morocco slipcase. Yost 3. Published the same year she received her undergraduate degree from Vassar, Renascence is Millay's first collection of poetry and includes "God's World," "The Suicide," "The Dream," and "Afternoon on a Hill" in addition to the eponymous "Renascence." Written when she was only nineteen, "Renascence" is hailed as both one of Millay's finest poems and the verse that won her recognition in the poetry world. Indeed, as William Lyon Phelps wrote in his 1921 review, "No one can read 'Renascence' without believing in the author's lyrical gifts."