Roan Stallion Tamar and Other Poems
Robinson Jeffers. Photograph by Edward Weston.
Boni & Liveright: 1926. Octavo. Gilt-embossed, asphalt-colored boards, quarter black buckram, dark grey topstain, deckled edges, an original photograph of Jeffers by Edward Weston affixed to the inside of the front board, signed by Weston and dated 1929. 253 pages. First edition, fourth printing. Near fine.
Gelatin silver print, capturing the poet's bust. An excerpt from an incredibly moving letter Jeffers sent to his sister has been typed out, neatly folded, and affixed to the front end-paper opposite the photograph. Photo taken when both of the artists were living in Carmel. A remarkable and totally unique Jeffers / Weston relic in fabulous condition.
"Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you fore-defeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings . . . The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly:
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth dies, the brave sun
Die blind, his heart blackening:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey peace in old poems."