Crystal Gazer

PLATH, Sylvia. Crystal Gazer.

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PLATH, Sylvia. Crystal Gazer. London: Rainbow Press, 1971.

Large 4to, quarter black buckram over Japanese paper boards, spine lettered in gilt; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; housed in the original matching slipcase; pp. [viii], 29, [iii]; a near fine copy, lacking the original acetate.
Limited edition, number 206 of 400 numbered copies printed on hand-made paper. This copy additionally inscribed by Booker-prize administrator and previous Sotheran's chairman Martyn Goff to his partner, the Finnish poet Rubio Tapani Lindroos: "for Rubio on his birthday - 15.7.71 - with all my love - the work of one poet for the delectation of another, Martyn."
A collection of 23 poems, many of them previously unpublished. It has been suggested that the title poem references Plath and Hughes' involvement with crystal ball gazing, also known as “scrying”, or “seeing” and, in this way, the poem can be read as an autobiography: "The burnished ball hangs fire in her hands, a lens Fusing time's three horizons".