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  1. Paroles de Villon.

    Paroles de Villon.

    First and only edition, rare: no copies located by either Copac or OCLC. "Ezra Pound's principal musical composition ['Le Testament de Villon'], a one-act opera (referred to also as ‘Villon' and ‘The Testament of François Villon') was written in Paris during 1920, 1921, and 1922. The libretto is taken from poems of Villon, with ballades and rondeaux providing material for the arias, sung in the original French. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 113618

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  2. Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.
    signed

    Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to George Antheil, the subject of the book, inscribed by the author, "Mr Atheling to Mr Antheil, Oct. 1927, duly certified by E.P. ‘for annihilating lucidity'." William Atheling was the pen name Pound had used from 1917 when writing music reviews for The New Age. The phrase "annihilating lucidity"was used in Covici's press release for the book. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 106135

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony.
    signed

    Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony.

    First edition, first printing, special issue being one of just 40 numbered copies printed on Arches paper. The present example is one of the few signed by George Antheil and with a presentation inscription from the author on the half title page, "Wods from EZ anno V [1927]". We have not identified "Wods" but "EZ" is a particularly intimate self-identification for Pound. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1924

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 62426

    Signed: Yes

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