Can These Bones Live. With Forty-two Drawings by James Kearns and a Preface by Sir Herbert Read
Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1960. Revised Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 179pp; illus. Warm and lengthy author's presentation to Ben Shahn on front endpaper, dated 1960. Mild foxing to upper edge of text block, else Fine in lightly soiled and edge-rubbed jacket. First printing of the Revised Edition.
A terrific inscription from Dahlberg, whose "Sorrows of Priapus" had been illustrated by Shahn a few years earlier: "For Ben Shahn / with deep appreciation of his own brilliant drawings done for The Sorrows of Priapus & for suggesting that Kearns do the illustrations for this book. Note: as for the sharp simplicity of Sancho Panza, I am much too simple not to inscribe this book to you, & much too plain not to send you my admiration."