Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1942.
Illustrated by Rockwell Kent bookplate. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #BOOKS002075I
Spine covering largely missing, rear cover fade, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; The scarce, suppressed first binding with pictorial cover of stylized battle scenes, in custom clamshell box. Rockwell Kent-designed bookplate of Morgan Library director Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr on front endpaper. "Wake Island is the first poem of major importance to be written about the war. It is both a tribute to the valiant stand of the United States Marines at Wake Island, and an affirmation of belief in what they fought for - belief not only in America, but in freedom throughout the world." Most copies of this first binding were destroyed due to the author's dislike of the pictorial cover.; 16 pages.