Section: Rock-Drill. 85-95 de los Cantares.

Milan, All’insegna del pesce d’oro [Scheiwiller], 1955.

8vo, pp. [6], 107, [3]; a fine copy in the publisher’s grey boards, printed in black and brown, melinex jacket (cockled but no chips); tipped-in 4-page catalogue of works by Pound for Edizioni Scheiwiller, 1955; with a further 24-page general catalogue for Spring 1959, laid in loose; booklabel of the BBC producer D. G. Bridson, who knew both Pound and Goacher well.


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First edition, No. 347 of 500 copies, inscribed on the front free endpaper ‘To Geoffrey, “in alta stima” from D. / 6. 7. 56.’, with Bridson’s note identifying this as the actor and producer Denis Goacher.

Pound had been at work on Cantos 85-95, Section: Rock Drill, since 1946, but it was completed in a burst of activity in 1954 and the manuscript sent for publication by a relative unknown, the 20-year old Milanese Vanni Schweiller, with whom Pound would go on to publish numerous other works. Denis Goacher had appeared in Bridson’s production of the Women of Trachis, Pound’s adaptation of Sophocles, for the Third Programme in 1954, and subsequently supervised the play’s publication. In 1956 Goacher forewent an invite to Hollywood to become Pound’s secretary, visiting him at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC, typing his poetry and campaigning for his release. In the same year Bridson visited Pound to make some recordings of the poet for the BBC – Goacher gave this copy of Section: Rock Drill to Bridson at that time.

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