North Montpelier: Driftwind Press, 1943. Second printing. Watercolors by Jack Lewis. Original cloth. Octavo. 170 pages. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Bound in green cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in silver foil, green endpapers, light green topstain. Dust jacket has faint browning to spine and a few tiny edge chips. Letter has been folded three times and there are short tears at left margin along these folds. The letter also has wrinkles and creases along left margin.
Gilbert Byron's first book, with lovely tipped-in color illustrations by Jack Lewis. Here are the people and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay, captured in verse by the region's answer to Thoreau.
This copy is signed and dated February 10, 1943 by Byron on a preliminary blank leaf. No other marks of prior ownership.
The book is accompanied by a typed letter by Gilbert Byron dated May 25, 1943. The letter is to a schoolboy named Charles Terry at Dover Elementary School in Delaware and is signed by Byron.
Young Master Terry had apparently recited one of Byron's poems in class and the poet wrote this charming letter to say how much that thrilled him--:much more than having a poem published." Byron goes on to mention his second volume of poems, "Delaware Poems," then to be published "next fall." A superb signed copy of Gilbert Byron's first book, enhanced by a great personal letter.