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POUND, Ezra. A Draft of the Cantos 17 to 27 . London: The Curwen Press for John Rodker, 1928.

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Schätzpreis: 15.000 £ - 20.000 £
ca. 27.023 $ - 36.031 $
Zuschlagspreis:  33.460 £
ca. 60.280 $
Los-Nr. 767, Aufrufe: 13

POUND, Ezra. A Draft of the Cantos 17 to 27 . London: The Curwen Press for John Rodker, 1928. 2° (380 x 255mm). 55 proof leaves printed on the rectos only on laid paper, the last 14 leaves watermarked 'Abbey Mills , Greenfield', corresponding to pp. 1, 3-5, and 7-56 of the published edition [of which pp.2 and 6 were blank]. Title printed in red and black. 11 initials after Gladys Hynes printed in black only [that on p.[46] with lower border printed on a separate slip in red and black and tipped onto the leaf], 11 corresponding tissue interleaves printed in red bearing the part of the initial to be printed in red bound before them. 5 tailpieces after Hynes printed in black [those on pp.32 and 40 of the published volume not present here; that on p.23 printed on a separate slip and tipped onto the leaf], 8 tailpieces printed in red on tissue interleaves bound in before them [including a duplicate of that on p.52]. (Some light marginal browning, a few short marginal tears, some leaves with sections excised.) Original red vellum lettered in gilt on the upper board, later morocco-backed slipcase (extremities very lightly rubbed, a few minor marks, upper hinge cracked). Provenance : Olivia Shakespear (d.1938, exemplaire nominatif with her name printed on the limitation page; loosely-inserted printed invitation to the wedding of Dorothy Shakespear and Ezra Pound)--Harry F. Marks, New York (loosely-inserted bookseller's invoice)--Mrs John Hay Whitney (her sale, Sotheby's New York, 23 April 1999, lot 506). PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, EXTENSIVELY ANNOTATED BY POUND--'REQUEST PRINTER TO CONFINE EMENDATIONS TO OTHER PEOPLE'S COPY'. OLIVIA SHAKESPEAR'S EXEMPLAIRE NOMINATIF . The limitation statement on p.[5] describes the edition as 101 copies (of which 94 are for sale), comprising: four on vellum lettered A-D; five on imperial japan lettered E-I; 15 on Whatman paper numbered I-XV; 70 on watermarked Roma paper numbered 1-70. Below this statement is printed 'THIS COPY IS NUMBERED , 13 AND IS , PRINTED FOR , OLIVIA SHAKESPEAR'; however, this copy is made up of proof sheets, which--when watermarked--do not bear the watermark of the copies on Roma, as the limitation statement might suggest. Pound had first met Olivia Shakespear--and her daughter Dorothy, whom he was to marry in 1914--in 1909, when he described Olivia to his mother as 'undoubtedly the most charming woman in London' (H. Carpenter A Serious Character (London: 1988), p.103). The first cousin of the poet Lionel Johnson, Olivia had married the solicitor Henry Shakespear, but ten years later she met W.B. Yeats through Johnson, and began a love affair with the poet, who described her in his Memoirs as having 'a profound culture, a knowledge of French, English, and Italian literature' (quoted in H. Carpenter op . cit . p.104). Although the romance departed the relationship with the re-appearance of Maud Gonne, which was followed by a period of separation, Olivia Shakespear and Yeats remained friends, and later in 1909 Olivia Shakespear was responsible for introducing Pound to Yeats. All of the text leaves in the volume are extensively annotated (with the exception of pp.[24]-32--i.e. Cantos 21-22, suggesting that these leaves were additional proof leaves, bound up to complete the volume--and pp.50, 52, 55); these annotations are in three hands--the printer's, Pound's (in ink, pencil and crayon), and John Rodker's (as publisher). The majority of Pound's annotations are corrections to typographic errors (of either spelling or punctuation), amendments to the leading, kerning and mise en page , or re-corrections to the printer's efforts to normalise Pound's syntax. There is, however, one textual change: on p.43, ll.41-2 are changed from '"We made no thing of sheer beauty , "Neither fine house nor the carving,' to '"Nothing we made, we set nothing in order, , "Neither house nor the carving' (retained in the published edition). Pound's orthographical quirks and broad-ranging linguist

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Auction 07.04.2004
Auktionsdatum: 07.04.2004 - 08.04.2004
Adresse: Christie's
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