560[aloha-donblanding] Re: Virgin of Waikiki
- Mar 7, 2000I think the information that has been found re The Virgin of Waikiki
demonstrates one of the real problems when doing research on the
writings of a poet! What constitutes a "First Edition"? Two of you
have editions that were printed before 1933 -- yet 1933 is cited in the
RIT copy as the First edition pub in Hawaii, limited to 100 copies bound
in Tapa Cloth. The listing I found on the web cites the 1933 Tapa Cloth
volume AND a first commericial release also in 1933 pbl by H.M. Snyder.
But there they are - two earlier editions! Were these private
editions? Published by the author? Circulated only to friends?
Regarding the envelope on the one edition. It's been a while since I
have examined the copy in the RIT library, but I remember that there was
some kind of device included in the book that kept the last page hidden
until the reader had read the rest of the book. Apparently DB felt it
was important to prevent the reader from accidentally seeing the
punchline before reading the rest of the story. Perhaps the envelop
fits over the last page some way, hiding the punchline until the story
had been read?
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