CROWDER, Henry; MAN RAY (designer).


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Poems by Nancy Cunard, Richard Aldington, Walter Lowenfels, Samuel Beckett, Harold Acton.
Paris, Hours Press, 1930.
An excellent presentation copy of this important work, setting the poetry of, amongst others, Samuel Beckett and Richard Aldington to jazz music. Henry Crowder 1890-1955 was an African-American jazz pianist who played a central role on the American music scene prior to the First World War. He moved to Europe in the 1920s, where he met and enjoyed both a professional romantic relationship with the shipping heiress and avant-garde writer Nancy Cunard, who dedicated her famous Negro Anthology 1930 to him. Nancy Cunard founded the Hours Press in 1928, buying the Three Mountains Press most famous for publishing the limited edition In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway and renaming it. The Hours Press produced Samuel Beckett's first separately published work, Whoroscope, printed for the press by Crowder earlier in the same year as Henry-Music, the latter featuring Beckett's poem From the only poet to a shining whore, presumably a reference Read more.


First and only edition, one of 100 copies signed by Crowder, this unnumbered presumably out-of-series for presentation, with an additional third-page inscription from him to limitation leaf; folio (325 x 250 mm.); musical notation, light foxing and browning; publisher's pictorial boards with specially designed photomontage (incorporating a portrait of Crowder, African sculptures and Nancy Cunard's bangles) by Man Ray, light wear to spine, a little browned, extremities rubbed; [8], 20 pp. Otto & Louise Theis (presented to them by the author)


Stock ID: 99359



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