(Click for larger image)

Oliver, Mary. DOG SONGS: THE DELUXE EDITION. New York City, NY: Penguin Press, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 130 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of poems. One of the most beautiful poetry collections of our time. The Deluxe Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only whose limitation is not stated. The Deluxe Slipcased Edition is now scarce. The production values are superior in every respect to the regular trade edition: Regular-sized volume format. Red cloth boards with white titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Poems by Mary Oliver. 6 X 8 inch broadside, "A Little Black And White Dog", laid-in and meant to be framed. Matching khaki cloth slipcase with art reproduction pasted on one side and red titles embossed on the spine. In protective plastic sheet. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Deluxe Slipcased Edition format, Mary Oliver's "Dog Songs". In celebration, praise, and homage to Man's Best Friend Forever. After being our lifelong "indefatigable guide to the natural world, particularly its lesser-known aspects", and with emphasis on avian lives (owls, wild geese, swans, finches, red birds, blue irises, all of which eponymously entitle her books), Mary Oliver turns her attention to an otherwise banal subject that she transforms into limpid poetry: Our pet dogs, also eponymously entitled. A poem about Percy, who (mysteriously) disappears then (miraculously) re-appears, is about an event, both harrowing and joyful, that happens to many dog owners, who live in constant fear of just such a thing: "The first time Percy came back / he was not sailing on a cloud. / He was loping along the sand as though / he had come a great way. / 'Percy', I cried out, and reached to him" (Mary Oliver). "You will be the wiser for having read these poems" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Mary Oliver died on January 17, 2019 at the age of 84, and will be sorely missed. An absolute "must-have" title for Mary Oliver collectors. This is a copy of the Deluxe Slipcased Edition. It comes with a 6 X 8 inch Souvenir Broadside. The broadside is meant to be framed, eminently suitable as such. But it can just as lovingly be left within the book as a keepsake from Mary Oliver. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the Deluxe Slipcased Edition (with Souvenir Broadside) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with regular trade edition. The production values are superior in every respect to the latter. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for "American Primitive". Winner of the National Book Award in 1992 for "New And Selected Poems". One of the finest American poets of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARY OLIVER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594204780. $70.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on May 30, 2020.