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POUND, Ezra.

The Pisan Cantos.

Published: New York: New Directions, 1948

Stock code: 82344

Price: £12,500

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First edition, first printing. With the author’s two superb presentation inscriptions to the front free endpaper, “Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949”, and with his subsequent inscription, “having been forgot returned and re returned repeat ‘benedictions’ June 58”. A staggering relic from the St Elizabeth years. The recipient was Eileen Lane Kinney, a member of the inner circle of modernist artists and writers based in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. She had been Brancusi’s lover before returning to America just as the second world war loomed. She settled in Washington DC and worked on a number of translations of political studies from French into English. When in 1946 her old acquaintance Ezra Pound was moved to St Elizabeth’s she spared little time in contacting him and arranging visits. The correspondence seems to indicate contact more or less ceased in 1950 but from the sequence of inscriptions by Pound in this copy of Pisan Cantos it is clear that he made one final and telling gesture of gratitude and friendship at the very point of his departure for Italy in June of 1958.

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. With light corrections by Pound on 9 pages. Endleaves browned as usual but an excellent copy in the tattered remains of the dust jacket missing a portion of the spine panel.

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