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POUND, Ezra.


London: Elkin Mathews, 1909 Stock Code: 135048
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First edition, first impression, from the library of James Griffyth Fairfax (1886-1976), with his ownership inscription, dated December 1909, to the front free endpaper, and marginal pencil marks to p. 35. Griffyth Fairfax was a fellow poet who attended New College, Oxford, and published his first collections of poetry whilst there. He and Pound's "literary and personal careers were closely intertwined. They were friendly rivals both as poets and as prospective suitors for the hand of Dorothy Shakespear" (Witemeyer, p. 244). Around 1914, however, "their London lives diverged sharply. In his poetry and criticism, Pound turned radically away from the Edwardian consensus, convinced that it lacked imaginative vitality. He also married Dorothy. Fairfax, on the other hand, became more conservative and continued to write in the Edwardian manner", eventually becoming a Conservative MP in 1924 (ibid., p. 244). Griffyth Fairfax reviewed the present work for the Melbourne Book Lover, noting that this, and Pound's Personae (1909) could "almost be used as touch-stones for the finding of what is genuine in the poetry of our time". Although 1,000 sets of sheets for this work were printed, only around 500 were issued thus, the remainders being re-issued in an edition with Pound's Personae in 1913.

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Small octavo. Original dark red boards, spine and front board lettered in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.


Ownership inscription of political historian John Ehrman to front free endpaper. Spine toned, slight rubbing to extremities, short closed split to foot of front joint; a very good copy.


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