Hirsch, Edward. ON LOVE: POEMS BY EDWARD HIRSCH. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 88 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth collection of poems. One of the finest poetry collections of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Edward Hirsch's love poems, as if written by great Other Lovers. "Takes up the subjects of separateness and fusion, autonomy and blur. The initial progression of fifteen shapely and passionate lyrics opens out into a sequence of meditations about love. These arresting love poems are spoken by a gallery of historical figures from Denis Diderot, Heinrich Heine, Charles Baudelaire, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to Gertrude Stein, Federico Garcia Lorca, Zora Neale Hurston, and Colette. Each anatomizes a different aspect of Eros in poems uttered by a chorus of historical authorities that is also a lone lover's yearning voice. Offers the most formally adept and moving poetry by the author Harold Bloom hails as utterly fresh, canonical, and necessary" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Hirsch collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edward Hirsch. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. He also crossed out his printed name. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. "Earthly Measures" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical works of the 20th century. One of the greatest living poets. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD HIRSCH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375402535. $150.00

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