LATE SETTINGS. NEW YORK: ATHENEUM, 1985
51 unbound folio sheets (11 1/4 x 17 1/4 in.; 286 x 438 mm), mechanically reproduced, printed on rectos only. Beige clamshell case, red morocco gilt lettering-pieces on spine.
Peter Hooten (presentation inscription)
Printer's proofs of the first edition, with extensive corrections and directions to the printer in pencil by James Merrill. Inscribed by Merrill to companion Peter Hooten on the title-page, "In case you needed proof, here's this to say I love you. (kiss, kiss, kiss) — JM. 3.iii.85."
Virtually every page of this proof has corrections and instructions by Merrill in pencil, some correcting typographical errors, others editing a word or two, and with extensive directions to the printers about spacing and placement of words, stanzas, and lines. In the margins of a few pages are multi-line "setting" notes from Merrill to the printer. Each page bears the printer's statement "settings by James Merrill."
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.