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ROSS, Alan (Alan John), 1922-2001 – editor : THE LONDON MAGAZINE : NEW SERIES. VOLUME 3. NO. 3. JUNE 1963.

ROSS, Alan (Alan John), 1922-2001 – editor : THE LONDON MAGAZINE : NEW SERIES. VOLUME 3. NO. 3. JUNE 1963.

London : London Magazine, 1963. The June 1963 issue of the Alan Ross magazine – with short stories from William Trevor (“The General’s Day”) and Eugene Ionesco (“The Stroller in the Air”), as well as a poem from Sylvia Plath – the first appearance in print of “Berck-Plage” on pp. 26-31, poems from Roy Fuller, etc., etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 88pp. Plates. Original wrappers; some very minor wear; a few faint marks and creases; a few occasional spots, but a good copy.

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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : WINTER TREES.

PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : WINTER TREES.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. “My poems do not turn out to be about Hiroshima, but about a child forming itself finger by finger in the dark”. Eighteen poems from the final months of Plath’s life, including “Gigolo”, “Childless Woman” and “Purdah”, together with the slightly earlier “Three Women”. With a short introductory note by Ted Hughes.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (56)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in silver; top edge a little spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket — the jacket with a couple of tiny marks on rear panel, but also very good.

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PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

PLATH, Sylvia, 1932-1963 : CROSSING THE WATER.

London : Faber & Faber, (1971). First edition. “I believe one should be able to control and manipulate experiences”. A collection of thirty-four poems, mainly from the years 1960-1961, and including “Parliament Hill Fields”, “Stillborn”, “Heavy Women”, “Love Letter”, “Small Hours”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Original blue cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; just a hint of rubbing; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just a little tanned, with a couple of spots on lower panel, but also very good.

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