Fifty Romance Lyric Poems,
chosen and translated.London: Allan Wingate, 1948 Stock Code: 130189
NotesFirst trade edition, presentation copy to Ezra Pound, of this anthology of medieval poetry translated by Aldington. The front free endpaper bears the inscription, "Ezra from Richard Xmas 1951", and the title page has the later blind stamp of Brunnenburg castle. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg, the home of his daughter Mary de Rachewiltz, following his release from incarceration in St Elizabeth's hospital in 1958, and wrote the last of his Cantos there. This is a superb Modernist association, inscribed by Aldington to the man who coined the term "Imagist" to describe his and his wife Hilda Doolitle's ("H.D.") poetry. "H.D." had also been Pound's first love.
Aldington's anthology had first been published in a limited edition by Crosby Gaige in 1928 but this is the first trade edition. This copy has several deeply-scored pencil annotations, marking passages of poems of interest, by Pound, as well as others in a later hand.
Octavo. Original purple cloth, titles gilt to spine.
Spine a little sunned, perforation and dent to front cover, very good condition.
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