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    William Carlos Williams. Paterson (Books 1 - Five). New York: A New Directions Book, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958.

    First editions. Books 1, Two, Three, and Four limited to 1,000 copies; book Five limited to 3,000 copies. Five octavo volumes. Unpaginated.

    Original tan cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the front boards and spines. Dust jackets complete and not price-clipped. Edges untrimmed. Small Grolier Book Shop sticker to the lower front free endpapers of Books Three and Five. Boards clean. Textblocks tight and contents with some trivial toning, else without remarkable flaw. Dust jackets with some toning at the spine and edges; small chip at the foot of Book 1's jacket, else all copies in fine condition.

    A beautiful and complete set of Williams' epic American impressionistic poem. Book Three won the first ever National Book Award for Poetry in 1950.

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