New York: New Directions, 1976. Octavo, original brown cloth lettered in black, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Signed by Eugenio Montale on the half-title. Lightest toning to jacket edges.
First collected edition of Eugenio Montale's poems of the early 1970s, translated into English and introduced by Ghan Singh, published in the wake of Montale's Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. This edition also includes an essay by critic F.R. Leavis on Xenia, Montale's cycle of poems devoted to his late wife, included here: “For them you were only a myopic / insect lost in the babble / of high society. How ingenuous / of those clever people not to know / it was they who were your laughingstock, / that you could see them even in the dark, / and unmask them with your infallible flair / and your bat's radar." A near-fine copy, boldly signed by Eugenio Montale.