Poems 1918-21 Including Three Portraits and Four Cantos
(1921) · N. Y.
by POUND, Ezra
N. Y.: Boni and Liveright, (1921). First edition. One of an unknown number of copies printed. Gallup A21. Signed by Pound on the title-page. Accompanied by 2 TLsS from Horace Liveright, the book's publisher, to Kate Buss and a program for a musical performance by George Antheil and Olga Rudge at the Salle du Conservatoire, Paris. In his first letter to Buss, 1 page, 8vo, on Boni & Liveright letterhead, N.Y., January 15, 1924, Liveright sends his compliments along with a copy of Poems 1918-21 and notes "we have published Mr. Pound's Instigations and expect shortly to publish his new book of poetry which is not yet titled." Evidently Buss enquired about a certain translation of Paul Morand to which Liveright replies, "We do not know which translation of Paul Morand Mr. Seltzer is using" and suggests, in conclusion, she write to him. In Liveright's second letter, 1 page, 8vo, on Boni & Liveright letterhead, N.Y., February 18, 1924, he adds: "Ezra Pound's book of poetry will be published sometime this spring; date of issuance is still indefinite" and includes the contents "which will give you a general idea of the book: A Study of French Poets; Henry James; Remy de Gourmont; In the Vortex-Part Two: Our Tetraarchal Precieuse; Genesis or the first book in the Bible; Arnaut Daniel; Translators of Greek; An essay on The Chinese Written Character by the late Ernest Penoliosa [sic] edited by Ezra Pound." The concert program for a performance on 11 December, [no year], which is printed in blue on laid paper, recto only, features original works by Pound, Antheil and Olga Rudge as well as Bach and Mozart. Spine ends a trifle bumped, otherwise a fine copy in very good, lightly soiled dust jacket, splitting neatly along the spine folds in a couple of places. 8vo, original half-parchment and paper over boards, dust jacket. Spine ends a trifle bumped, otherwise a fine copy in very good, lightly soiled dust jacket, splitting neatly along the spine folds in a couple of places. (Inventory #: 22870)