New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First edition. The first appearance of Jeffers' poem, "Preface," in the December 1926 issue. The poem was later expanded to "Prelude," which was collected in THE WOMEN AT POINT SUR. [Note: in his Jeffers' bibliography, S. S. Alberts mistakenly says of "Prelude" that "The first twenty-one verses" appeared in The American Mercury but it was in fact the first 21 lines.] As usual, this issue contains wonderful period ads, mostly for books, other publications, cars (including the Hupmobile Eight, Stutz and Chrysler), and cigarettes (Camel and Melachrino, which has as its spokesman Prince George Matchabelli). There are many articles and essays on topics that range from galvanized steel, to palmy days of Methodism, bacteriophage, mystery of hormones, moral law, morals among the unmoral, etc. Includes contributions by Benjamin DeCasseres, Menken's review of H. G. Wells' "THE WORLD OF WILLIAM CLISSOLD," and an ad for the upcoming January 1927 issue of The American Review, which is to include George Sterling's poem "A First-Class Fighting Man." Sterling committed suicide about when this December issue was being published. Also has ads for The Modern Library, still owned by Horace Liveright at this time, Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES, works by Kipling, and Will Rogers' "Letters." Ad for Boni and Liveright shows books by Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser and Anita Loos' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDS, among others. DeCasseres reviews five books and authors, including Edgar Lee Masters' THE SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY. Original subscription form laid in. A good plus copy of this icon of literary magazines with some general scuffing, 1/2" chip from base of spine, and over-hanging edges of covers understandably worn.