The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers
  • The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers


    Robinson Jeffers.


    New York: Random House, 1938.  Large octavo. Tan buckram boards with a paste down on the spine and a dark brown top stain, trace soiling on the verso of the dust wrapper, otherwise fine.  First edition. Near fine.


    A selection of poetry edited by Jeffers himself. He includes what he considers his finest verse absent The Women at Point Sur, which he considered a stand alone masterpiece. The finest first edition copy of this Jeffers highspot we have handled or even heard of (most are sold without the jacket or with a jacket in tatters).


    "Then what is the answer? — Not to be deluded by dreams.
    To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence, and their tyrants come, many times before. When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential. To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for evil; and not be duped
    By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will not be fulfilled."