New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., (1948). 1st trade edition. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION copy from Sandburg to close friend, and long-time associate, Tom Ferril. , 1067 pp. 8vo. Blue cloth binding. Blue topstain. Dust jacket. VG (text block sprung after p. 118 [as if a large envelope had been stored herein])/VG (some edge chipping, primarily to top edge). Item #8264.1
Inscribed on ffep by Sandburg, in blue fountain pen, to fellow poet, Thomas Ferril: "Dear Tom Ferril / the sheen and aura / hither and you herein / - with ancient affection - / Carl Sandburg / 1 9 4 8" By the time this inscription written, Sandburgh & Ferril, a Colorado poet, had been friends for decades (cf. The LETTERS Of CARL SANDBURG, which documents their close association).
Sandburg later wrote of Ferril "You have the great poet of the West in your midst. He is the poet of the Rockies. And someday he will be recognized as one of the great poets of America."