Seventh impression. Signed and dated by the author. Original illustrated card wrappers. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm; there's a touch of barely visible rubbing to the top of the spine. Apart from some gentle toning to the page block, the contents are clean throughout and free from owners' inscriptions or stamps. A lovely copy.

Signed and dated, "June 11/93", to the front endpaper. Walcott's book-length channelling of, and tribute to, Homerian epic, is centred upon the island of St. Lucia, where the author was born and (intermittently) lived. Epic and personal, the poem explores "the visible history charted in events and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile" (from the cover). The UK edition was published simultaneously in hard and soft covers. Derek Walcott was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. Provenance: from the library of the multi-award winning poet Pat Borthwick.

Stock code: 17855


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