PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel. London: Faber and Faber, 1965.
8vo., original red cloth, lettering in gilt direct to spine; in vibrant iconic dustwrapper; pp. 86, [ii]; prelims lightly spotted and some very marginal rubbing to foot of spine; upper edge a trifle dusty; with a rather sweet previous ownership inscription to ffep; 'you, me, because'; a lovely copy in jacket which has been price-clipped (with the offending corner retained and laid in), some nicking and chipping, particularly to head and foot of spine, which is also a touch darkened; some water marks and soiling to lower panel; very good.
Plath's second collection of poetry, written shortly before her death in 1963 and published two years after. It was the second book of the author's poetry to be published, after The Colossus.
Plath had become inspired to write the title poem on her 30th birthday, 27th October 1962, influenced by a combination of the airy spirit eventually released by Prospero in The Tempest, and the name of a horse that she used to ride in Devon.