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AUDEN, W. H - The Dyer's Hand

London, Faber & Faber, (1963). First British Edition. Hardcover. Bloomfield A45b: 3000 copies, preceded by the American edition which had a larger printing. INSCRIBED and SIGNED "To/Hedwig [Petzold]/with love/from /Wystan" in 1963 on the front free endpaper and with seven manuscript corrections by Auden in the text. Sensational association copy! According to Humphrey Carpenter in W. H. AUDEN: A BIOGRAPHY (p. 69), Auden's "first sexual experience with a woman was when he went to bed with Frau Petzold .. and in the later period of the friendship he seems to have regarded her as a mother- or aunt-figure. Hinges fairly neatly repaired. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper .
USD 5625.00 [Appr.: EURO 5203.25 | £UK 4434.25 | JPą 883573] Book number 005948

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