Catullus. (Gai Valeri Catulli Veronensis Liber.)London: Cape Goliard Press, 1969 Stock Code: 132634
First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his wife Celia managed to execute an extraordinary set of homophonic translations, communicating in English more the sound than the sense of Catullus's Latin original (printed here in facing text throughout). Zukofsky dedicates one poem to Ezra Pound, and another to Basil Bunting. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class writers from abroad (such as Neruda, García Marquez, and Derek Walcott) to publish in the UK, and 15 of his authors were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He additionally has the honour of conceiving the Booker Prize, and of having introduced his friend Quentin Blake to Roald Dahl. His Blake-designed bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the dust jacket, and the publisher's textured red card slipcase.
A fine copy.
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