2 June 2004
BECKETT, Samuel Barclay (1906-1989). Whoroscope. Paris: The Hours Press, 1930.
8° (226 x 140mm). (A few very light spots.) Original printed wrappers, wrap-around paper band (a few very light spots on wrap-around band).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, THIS NO.33 OF 100 SIGNED BY BECKETT. 'Whoroscope'--Beckett's first separately-published work--was awarded the £10 prize for the best poem on Time in a competition organised by Nancy Cunard's The Hours Press; as Beckett recollected in a letter to Cunard, 'Whoroscope was indeed entered for your competition and the prize of I think 1000 francs. I knew nothing about it till afternoon of last day of entry, wrote first half before dinner, had a guzzle of salad and Chambertin at the Cochon de Lait, went back to the Ecole and finished it about three in the morning. Then I walked down to the Rue Guénégaud [the office of The Hours Press] and put it in your box. That's how it was and them were the days' (Lake, Eichhorn and Leach No Symbols Where None Intended (Austin, TX: 1984), 8). Davis, Bryer, Friedman and Hoy Beckett A1; Federman and Fletcher Beckett 5; Published in Paris p.411.
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