New York: Horace Liveright, 1929.
8vo, black cloth over purple boards, lettered in gilt; in the original green dust jacket, with an illustration of Judas to the upper in blue. Near fine. Inscribed by Jeffers on front free endpaper.
§ First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Jeffers to the front free endpaper: "Inscribed for Mr Jimmie Hopper, / by his friend Robinson Jeffers. / Tor House, Carmel-August, 1930." This copy is inscribed by Robinson Jeffers to his friend and fellow author James M. Hopper. Jeffers inscribed this volume at Tor House, the home he built for his family in Carmel-by-the-Sea in California and the location at which he wrote the majority of his novels. Both Jeffers and Hopper, along with their contemporaries George Sterling, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, and Jack London, were part of the group of authors that helped establish Carmel as a literary and artistic refuge in Monterey County. Although neither was a native of California, both Jeffers and Hopper ultimately settled in Carmel. Dear Judas is a collection of eight poems, including two longer poems, "The Loving Shepherdess" and "Dear Judas, " as well as six shorter verses, "The Broken Balance, " "Birth-Dues, " "The Humanist's Tragedy, " "Evening Ebb, " "Hands, " and "Hooded Night." In the title poem, Jeffers retells the story of Jesus's passion story as a Noh play. In "The Loving Shepherdess, " Jeffers tells the story of a female Christ figure as she travels up the California coast towards her ultimate fate of death during childbirth. Item #123689