Self-Portrait. Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1963. First edition, FIRST ISSUE. Photograph on dust jacket and frontispiece by Phillip Popcock. Red linen spine, stamped in gilt, in pale green paper boards, dust jacket printed in green and black, photograph of Kavanagh to front cover. Jacket lightly browned along spine, small closed tear to lower margin upper cover.
A near fine copy of this legendary Dolmen Press rarity.
Kavanagh objected to the photograph Liam Miller used in this the first issue, which he believed depicted him as disheveled and uncouth. At his insistence all but a few copies were destroyed, only a handful are know to exist. A second edition containing several approved photographs was printed in 1964. Self-Portrait is the Text of a Television programmed originally transmitted by Radio Telefís Eireann on 30 October 1962. The programme was produced by Jim Fitzgerald.