OWEN, Wilfred. Ben SHAHN (illus)
Thirteen Poems by Wilfred Owen With Drawings by Ben Shahn
Northampton: Gehenna Press, 1956. First, Limited Edition. Folio (33cm). Original morocco-backed paper-covered boards in publisher's slipcase; unpaged [28pp]. One of 365 copies in the regular edition (there were also 35 copies with a signed proof). Frontispiece is a portrait of Wilfred Owen, drawn by Shahn and printed from a block by Leonard Baskin; text includes 15 lithographs after original illustrations by Shahn. Mild wear and soil to slipcase; touch of foxing to endpapers; Near Fine. Shahn's file copy, unsigned but with estate bookplate tipped onto front pastedown. Superbly produced collection of Owen's anti-war poems, accompanied by Shahn's graphic depictions of the brutality of war. The colophon states that only the first thirty-five "deluxe" copies were bound in half-leather; in fact the entire edition was bound thus; but only the "deluxe" copies include the signed proof of the Owen portrait, not present here.