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POUND, Ezra.

A Draft of XXX Cantos.

Stock Code
100744
Paris, Hours Press, 1930
£6,500

A scarce issue, especially signed. Inscribed in Pound's distinctive hand, 'A mon cher Edward / Son devous / EP.'

The first edition of the last of Pound's Cantos to be published by a private press, this produced under Nancy Cunard's Hours Press imprint, the actual printing, because of the book's length, undertaken by the Paris firm Maitre-Imprimeur Bernouard.

'These Cantos ... represent the best in Pound's 'poem of some length' ... There are more lyrics and fewer chunks of prose than in the later, not so many economic propositions and ideograms, and some beautiful passages on the Homeric world and renaissance Italy. I prefer them to all the rest except for some passages in the Pisan Cantos.' (Connolly)

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Description

First edition, number 107 of 200 copies printed by François Bernouard for Nancy Cunard's Hours Press on Canson-Mongolfier Soleil velin M.R.V. Paper, inscribed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; decorative initials in oriental style by Dorothy Shakespear Pound; publisher's linen cloth, lettered in red, some mild fading and toning, but overall very good.

Bibliography

Gallup A31b; Ford (Published in Paris), pp. 278-79; Connolly (The Modern Movement), 66.

Stock ID:100744

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