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Presentation copy of Sandburg's first book, with a manuscript of "Fog"

SANDBURG, CARL. (English) Chicago Poems

New York: Henry Holt, 1916

Original black cloth. Very good. Cloth case.

FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Sandburg: “Anna Proctor – fellow Scandinavian – here is ‘skoal’ – Carl Sandburg Detroit, April, 1922.”

Chicago Poems is Sandburg’s best book of poetry and his first published book, preceded only by privately printed works. The volume includes his most famous verse including “Chicago” (“Hog Butcher for the World … City of the Big Shoulders”) and “Fog” (“The fog comes on little cat feet”).

[with:]

SANDBURG, CARL. “Fog” Autograph Manuscript. No place, no date. 5 ½ x 8 ½ in. Slight staining at edges, ink number at foot of leaf, neither approaching the manuscript.

This is the complete text of Sandburg’s beloved and much-anthologized poem “Fog,” beginning “The fog comes on little cat feet …” Harriet Monroe, the editor of Poetry, wrote “I remember the emotion with which I first read many of these poems … That first conviction and power returns to me as I read them again. This is speech torn out of the heart, because the loveliness of … a fog coming ‘on little cat feet,’—the incommunicable loveliness of the earth, of life—is too keen to be borne.”

Provenance:  Mrs. Charles Engelhard, Christie’s New York, 27 October 1995, lot 121.

$3,500