8vo., pp. , 28; , of which the first and last blanks are used as pastedowns; original brown boards, tan cloth spine, white printed label on front cover; spine bumped and slightly frayed at head, otherwise a very good copy; cloth folding-box.
US $3642 €2934
First edition, no. 125 of 165 unsigned copies from a total impression of 200, printed by John Rodker at the Ovid Press in Belsize Park Gardens.
When Pound, still in his early twenties, arrived in London in 1908, he found a city sunk in Edwardian desuetude, ripe for literary experimentation. During his twelve years of residence the poet, while lecturing on medieval Romance literature at the Regent Street Polytechnic, played a central role in launching new writers, steering the course of little magazines, reporting to the more established journals on what was happening in the arts, and striking up congenial friendships with leading spirits (sharing quarters with Yeats, and ‘discovering’ Eliot).
But he was depressed by the conduct of the War, and afterwards he grew disillusioned with ‘wringing lilies from the acorn’ in England, once again recoiling from that ‘tawdry cheapness’ which ‘the age demanded’. He headed to the Paris of Stein and Fitzgerald, leaving Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, one of the great poems of modernism, as his sardonic gesture of farewell.
You may also be interested in...
THE SMALL OCTAVO WORKS POPE, Alexander.
The Works … Vol. I[-VI]. With explanatory Notes and Additions never before printed.
A fine set of the small octavo Works - Pope's preferred format - including the scarce supplementary Vol II. Part II.
PRESENTED TO ‘A JUST AND CLEAR-SIGHTED JUDGE OF ART’ DENNIS, John.
The select Works … in two Volumes … London, Printed by John Darby … 1718. [With:]
–––––––––––––. Original Letters, familiar, moral and critical … in two Volumes … London: Printed for W. Mears … 1721.
First editions. Dennis, best known for his critical writings, was also a poet and a moderately successful author of plays, and all three genres are represented in his Select Works, including his tragedies Iphigenia and Appius and Virginia, and his influential essay The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry. A letter from Dennis to Thomas Parker, Lord High Chancellor and afterwards first Earl of Macclesfield, a notable patron of the arts and sciences, suggests that Select Works was a presentation copy: