San Francisco: The Four Seasons Foundation, 1969. First edition. Wraps creased and lightly toned, with a couple narrow faint stains to page margins within, the traces of being read. Very good.
Association copy, inscribed by Olson to Lansing;
”For Gerrit who needs no cause / cause / which for me makes the greatest / pleasure. -
The Mythologist. / Eastern Pt. Road (imagine, / - the Olde Days.”
In addition, the cover photograph of Olson by Steamboat, in which Olson has a very serious and pedagogical demeanor, has the eyeglasses partially filled in, with radiating rays spreading outwards from Olson's nose in the same ink as the inscription, and likely by Olson - a self-depracating and tender act of inscription to a good friend.
Eastern Point Road is the main thoroughfare in Gloucester. Eastern Point itself, where T. S. Eliot summered in his youth, also appears in the Maximus Poems.
A remarkable association and beautiful inscription that is a testament to two neighbors, colleagues and readers. Item #27796