Lot 65 of 366:
Leonard Cohen's first book inscribed  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$7,200
Estimate:
$8,000 - $12,000

Title:
Let Us Compare Mythologies
Author:
Cohen, Leonard
Place:
Montreal
Publisher:
McGill Poetry Series
Date:
[1956]
Description:

79. pp. With illustrations by Greda Guttman. (8vo), black cloth, spine lettered in silver, original dust jacket designed by Greda Guttman. One of about 400 copies. First Edition.

Inscribed by Leonard Cohen in the year of publication on the front free endpaper: "To Gery Levy, / with best wishes, / Leonard Cohen / May 1956." Very scarce early presentation copy of the revered poet/singer-songwriter's first book. 

About 400 copies were printed, sponsored by McGill & edited by Louis Dudek, to present "the work of young writers at McGill of outstanding ability." The book was published when Cohen was 22, containing poems written largely when Cohen was between the ages of 15 and 20, and Cohen dedicated the book to his late father.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Jacket front and back panels are separated from the spine strip, which is laid in, separated in two pieces and lacking about a 2" piece at heel, some soiling and general wear to jacket panels, with some chips and small areas of staining to edges; light wear to cloth with some rubbing to edges, top corners mildly bumped; final black at rear with top third torn away; very good volume in fair jacket.
 
Item number:
297740b
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