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Before The Music
THE SPICE-BOX OF EARTH
By Leonard Cohen
First US edition of the Canadian singer-songwriter's second book of poetry, which "established [his] reputation as a lyric poet" (Scobie).
Very good plus in like dust jacket.
THE SPICE-BOX OF EARTH
"I am speechless / because you have fallen beside me / because your eyelashes / are the spines of tiny fragile animals."
"The most popular single volume of [Cohen's] verse," the poetry of THE SPICE-BOX OF EARTH contains some of the same beautifully melancholic tonal qualities of his later songs (Scobie). First published in Canada in 1961, this first US edition aims to "introduce readers in the United States to a remarkable new lyric poet, already celebrated in his native Canada" (jacket).
Read more: Stephen Scobie, "The Spice-Box of Earth," The Canadian Encyclopedia.
New York: The Viking Press, (1965). 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering. Original pictorial dust jacket, unclipped ($3.75), designed by Frank Newfeld. Yellow endpapers. 88 pages, including index. Small owner's name to front pastedown, dated 11/84. Light edgewear to wrapper with small spit of loss to top of spine and one small closed tear. Binding with mild wear to corners and spine ends, cracked at one opening. Clean and sound.
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