MacMillan & Company, New York, 1971. First edition of Dylan’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan’s creative evolution. It captures Dylan’s preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Dylans first book, an experiment in prose poetry, completed in the mid 60s but not published until 1971. Dylan’s motorcycle accident in 1966 delayed the publication resulting in a number of pirated versions of the book.