Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: Hawkshead Press
Date Published: 1961
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft Cover
ATWOOD'S FIRST BOOK SIGNED PLUS SOME ATWOOD EPHEMERA AND THREE SIGNED BOOKS
Double Persephone. First Edition. Atwood, Margaret [M.E. Atwood]. 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. 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.
Written by Atwood when she was 19 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.
Atwood, Margaret 3 signed books;
• Alias Grace. New York: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, 1996. Pictorial paper boards in dust jacket, Near fine condition. First American edition. Signed by Atwood on a pasted slip on the front free endpaper of the Boca Raton Literary Society, sponsored by the National Trust Bank and Bocan Raton Magazine. With a metal bookmark of the Northern Trust Bank of Florida.
• The Handmaid’s Tale. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1985. First printing. Maroon and cream paper boards. Date (“Aug ‘93”) written on the half title. Signed by Atwood on a paper slip on the half title. Stamp of former owner visible on verso of half title behind the slip, also red residue of several letters of the stamp on the fore-edge. Otherwise almost fine. An acclaimed feminist dystopian novel and a winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction.
• Stromung [Surfacing]. Leipzig, German Democratic Republic: Verlag Philipp Reclam, 1979. Paperback. German text. Signed by the author on the title page. Also signed on the front free endpaper by Atwood’s friend and writer Greg Gatenby. Light surface wear and toning to covers. Pages toned. Otherwise, clean and unmarked
Ephemera: 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 clam-shell box with Atwood’s drawn motif on the back and front of the box.
This book is on consignment with LDRB.
Near Fine. Item #7623