A first edition of ‘Twenty Five Poems’ by Dylan Thomas

25 poemsA first edition of ‘Twenty Five Poems’ by Dylan Thomas. Published by J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd, London in 1936.

This is 1 of only 730 copies from the first print run. Dylan’s second collection of poems was also largely based on the notebooks he kept as a teenager growing up in Swansea. He continued to mine these notebooks for poems and ideas until 1940-41 when he sold them to the Lockwood Library of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As well as the four poetry notebooks, Thomas sold a prose notebook and worksheets for ‘Long Legged Bait’. The sale was arranged through a London dealer, Bertram Rota, who was paid $140. It is unsure how much of that $140 Thomas actually received. Thomas’ first biographer, Constantine Fitzgibbon, notes that Thomas was 26 when he arranged the sale – the same age as Keats when he died.

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