Hard Cover. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1917. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, first printing, first issue with pages watermarked "AGM Glaslan." Publisher's original black cloth with front board and spine lettered in gilt. Near fine, with a touch of wear to corners and spine ends, contemporary inscription to front flyleaf, and light offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a lovely and bright copy of Millay's scarce first book. 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."