First Edition; Octavo; VG-/no-DJ paperback; Black spine with white and blue text. Covers have general self wear, fraying to corners, rubbing to edges, apart from that, binding strong, no tears; Textblock has minor wear to edges, small red marker on bottom edges, otherwise, clean, free of underlining/highlighting; pp 451. Rockville.
Third impression, 8vo, pp. 541, ; original cloth in blue price-clipped dust jacket printed in black and purple; jacket edges and upper cover quite foxed, a few chips and tears along edges, the largest of which measures approximately one inch, none affecting text; "New Directions" rubber-stamped in red on front jacket flap; interior fine.
Very good in very good jacket. Undated early reprint of the London (Chatto and Windus, 1951) edition. 449 pp, indexed. Grey cloth boards slightly toned at the spine and edges; binding sound, text clean. Dust jacket also toned at spine and edges, and with some loss at the head of the spine. Empson "examines a word's primary and secondary meanings, its implications, and its reflections of mood. Using symbols to establish the technique of his inquiry, he then extends it to specific examples from Lear, Othello, Measure for Measure...and many other works."
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