Date Published: 1966 to 1979
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding & hard cover
INTERESTING EARLY POUND ALS AND SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPIES
Ezra Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early 'modernist' literature - that is, experimental literature written during the first part of the twentieth century. He is one of the most influential, and most controversial poets of the twentieth-century however, Pound's antisemitism soured evaluation of his poetry.
The collection consists of 5 items dating from 1909 to 1979, specifically, 1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS), 2 scarce association copies of private press books signed by Ezra Pound and 2 pieces of ephemera by Omar Shakespear Pound (1926-2010), Ezra Pound’s son.
1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS):
• ALS (2 pp.) addressed Dear Mr. Runderself (?), regarding unpaid board, 23 December 1909. Folded and creased, single sheet 10.75" × 7". The letter reads: “It is really very good of you to write. I always supposed I was chucked out because I had not paid my board for some time & it seemed unlikely, extremely unlikely, that I ever would. However new light on ancient & historical events is always valuable. With greetings of the season.”
Pound moved to London in August 1908. He first stayed in a boarding house at 8 Duchess Street, near the British Museum Reading Room. He moved to Islington (12s 6d a week board and lodging). His father sent him £4, and he was able to move back into central London, to 48 Langham Street, near Great Titchfield Street. An early letter written by Pound when he sought to establish his literary reputation, published his first books of poetry, and met important literati such as George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, Ernest Rhys, T.E. Hulme, W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and F. S. Flint.
2 Private Press books signed:
Typographically, these association copies are superlative specimens and the finest of all editions of Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound (1885-1972), the founder of Imagism, is acknowledged as one of the most original poets of the twentieth century. His reputation and legacy were tarnished considerably by his anti-semitism and admiration for fascist regimes. Nonetheless, his extraordinary impact on modernist writers cannot be questioned. • Cavalcanti Poems. New York: New Directions, 1966. A New Directions Book. Signed by Ezra Pound on the colophon page. Printed in Dante type on the hand-press at the Officina Bodoni in Verona for James Laughlin, Faber and Faber, Vanni Scheiwiller, and Giovanni Mardersteig. Beige paper boards, vellum spine with mylar jacket, in thin grey card slipcase with paper label as issued. Slight crease to slipcase with nick at bottom edge and light surface wear. From the total edition of 200 copies (10 on Japan and 190 on Pescia paper) at the Officina Bodoni, this is copy #115 of 115 on paper distributed in the United States by New Directions, with their imprint. With a note in ink on the front free endpaper: “DP’s” (Ezra Pound's wife Dorothy Pound). With the bookplate of Omar Shakespear Pound on the front pastedown. Gallup A86. Provenance: Dorothy Shakespear Pound’s personal copy given to her by her son Omar Shakespear Pound and purchased from his estate. Fine. 105,  pp. 10 ¼ ×8 ½ inches (29½ × 19 cm). Guido Cavalcanti (ca. 1255-1300) is regarded as the first major poet of Italian literature. In 1912 Pound first published his translations of Cavalcanti's work, with another publication in 1932.
• Redondillas, or Something of That Sort. [New York]: New Directions, 1967. Linen and grey paper boards, printed spine label. Printed in black and red. Erratum slip. Plain paper wrapper with a few very small tears and chips. Otherwise a fine copy. Introductory note by Noel Stock. One of 110 copies printed by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem, all signed by the author on the colophon, of which one hundred were for sale. There was no trade printing in book form of this work. Gallup A90. Omar Shakespear Pound’s bookplate on the front pastedown. With a note in ink on the front free endpaper: “DP’s” (Ezra Pound's wife Dorothy Pound). 11 × 9 inches (28 × 33 cm).
2 Omar Pound Ephemera:
• Omar S. Pound. Kano. Birmingham: Migrant Press, 1971. Near fine. Folded blue paper with one long poem printed on two sides of the interior. 100 signed copies on card and 300 on paper. This copy is signed by the poet Omar S. Pound and inscribed to Greg Gatenby, the Canadian author and founder of the Harbourfront Reading Series and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto
• Obeyd-i-Zakani. Gorby and the Rats 'Mush-o-gurbeh'. Translated from the Persian by Omar S. Pound. Malvern, England: Migrant Press, 1979. 2nd ed. Booklet, unpaginated. Signed by Omar Pound and inscribed by him to Greg Gatenby: “For Greg from Omar Oct 1979”. Clean, bright and unmarked. A fine copy.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.