New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. Octavo, original blue-green cloth boards, yellow endpapers, original unclipped photographic dust jacket with light edgewear and one small chip to back panel. Small waterstain to bottom of rear board, publisher's paper flaw at page 33-34. Item #10099
First edition of Walcott's book-length autobiographical poem: "we were orphans of the nineteenth century / sedulous to the morals of a style / we lived by another light / Victoria's orphans, bats in the banyan boughs." In 1992, Walcott would become the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. A near-fine copy.