London: Faber & Faber, 1974. First Impression. Hardcover. First Impression of the poet's last-published collection. Slim demy 8vo (216 x 137): 57,pp. Publisher's quarter-bound blue cloth stamped in gold, pale blue paper-covered boards; grey and black dust jacket priced at £1.75. Fine (and unread) in like jacket. Fine / Fine. Item #BB0561
Prepared for publication by Auden's literary executor Edward Mendelson. In addition to the title poem, the collection includes "Aubade," "Address to the Beasts," "Archaeology, " and "No, Plato, No," among others. Mendelson also included an "anti-masque" titled "The Entertainment of the Senses," written in 1973 by Auden and Chester Kallman for a planned production of James Shirley's masque Cupid and Death, as as well two lyrics Auden wrote for the musical Man of La Mancha, but which were rejected by the original librettist. "When Auden died, on 29th September 1973, he had already collected the poems in this book, had decided its title and had given it its dedication . . . " (From dust-jacket flap) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).