"There Are No Islands, Any More": Lines Written in Passion and in Deep Concern for England, France and My Own Country
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Price: 112.50 USD
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1940. Blue-green paper boards, 10 pp. An impassioned poem from the pen of American writer Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), written as Germany invaded northern Europe during World War II. The poem was printed in The New York Times and in several other newspapers in June 1940. Millay agreed to have it printed in small book form, "free of royalty to me or profit to my publishers. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be turned over to an established war relief agency," as she was quoted on the tp verso. This particular copy was owned by Florence Bayard Hilles (1865-1954), a suffragette from Delaware who was one of the founders of the National Women's Party. She was once arrested and spent several days in jail following a picketing of the White House in 1917. The book may also have Hilles's signature on the first page; it's written there, without us knowing if it's in her own hand. A posthumous tribute to Millay, written by Rolfe Humphries and printed in an unnamed newspaper, is tipped in on the end flyleaf. It includes a few sample verses. Thus is this volume a memento of two ladies who witnessed their own turbulent times. First Edition. G+ (Boards are moderately aged or soiled esp. along spine; flyleaves are tanning and text pages are aging but are clean overall; warm inscription from "Ridley" to Florence, i.e. Florence Bayard Hilles, appears on first page; includes a newspaper article about Millay tipped in, inside back cover.).