10 April 2008
The Bridge. A Poem. Text by Hart Crane. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930.
Quarto (270 x 220 mm). Three photogravures. Original printed wrappers (slightest fading to spine); glassine dust jacket; publisher's silver paper-covered slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 10 of only 50 copies on Japanese Vellum signed by Crane, from a total edition of 283. WITH THREE FINE PHOTOGRAVURES BY WALKER EVANS. The Bridge, called "cubism in poetry" when it was initially reviewed in The New York Times, stands as one of the great epics of 20th-century poetry. Connolly writes that of the poems "some of them... are near perfect and the whole allegory is a masterpiece of neo-romanticism" (The Modern Movement, p.62). Crane befriended Walker Evans in 1928 when, struggling to finish his epic poem, he moved to Brooklyn. Connolly, The Modern Movement 64; Schwarz and Schweik A2.
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