Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: Hawkshead Press
Date Published: 1961
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft Cover
ATWOOD'S FIRST BOOK SIGNED PLUS SOME ATWOOD EPHEMERA
First Edition. Atwood, Margaret [M.E. Atwood]. Double Persephone. Toronto: Hawkshead Press, 1961. Market book series, book 1.  p. 172 × 130 mm. (5 x 6-3/4 inches), 4 leaves. The text block was originally glued with rubber cement into the covers. This copy has been sewn, and the text block has been expertly and unobtrusively reinforced at the endpapers. Thick-paper wrapper. Signed by Atwood on a paper label (Nan A. Talese / Doubleday) which is affixed on the verso of the front cover. Light scuffing to inside front cover and back cover, otherwise in near fine condition. With 8 photos of Atwood and others at the 100th anniversary of McClelland & Stewart and an inscribed b&w photo of Atwood (New York City, 1971) by Jill Krementz. The book and photos are enclosed in a handsome black box with Atwood’s drawn motif on the back and front of the box.
The Hawkshead Press (1958-1961) is an imprint of John Robert Colombo (poet, anthologist, editor, essayist, humorist, and author or editor of over 200 books). The Hawkshead Press published broadsides and little chapbooks in small editions. Authors included Milton Acorn, Mike Strong [pseud. of Mirko Srzentich], Phyllis Gotlieb, Jay Macpherson, and Colombo himself.
This self-published poetry collection when Atwood was only 22 years of age, Double Persephone, her first publication, is a collection of poems based on the mythological figure of Persephone. It won the E.J. Pratt Medal. The text is comprised of seven poems: "Formal Garden", "Pastoral", "Iconic Landscape", "Persephone Departing", "Chthonic Love", "Her Song", "and "Double Persephone". According to Atwood, she and a friend hand-set the text and printed it on a small flat bed press in an edition of 220 copies. She also designed and printed the cover using linoblocks. She sold the book for 50¢ each.
This book is on consignment with LDRB.
Near Fine. Item #7623