7 - 8 April 2004
CROSBY, Harry. Sonnets for Caresse. Paris: Herbert Clarke [for Harry Crosby], 1926.
8° (206 x 150mm). (Lacking 2 preliminary blank leaves.) Contemporary stained roan by Lafon, gilt morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine decorated in gilt. Provenance: 'Ted' [?Edward 'Ted' Weeks, b.1898] (autograph note signed by Harry Crosby on his card, dated Paris, 7 March 1926, tipped onto flyleaf).
SECOND EDITION, ONE OF 27 COPIES. WITH AN AUTOGRAPH PRESENTATION NOTE FROM HARRY CROSBY. Crosby's note reads: 'Dear Ted I have had a few copies of my sonnets privately published in order that I may give them to a few friends for criticism. So I am sending you the book together with a great many thanks for the criticism you have already given me and in the hopes that if you ever find time you will give me still more[.] Someday we must get together and have a hell of a long talk[.] Affectionately Harry'. Ted Weeks served with Harry Crosby in the ambulance section of the American Field Service in France in World War I and remained a close friend during the post-war years, when he became editor of The Atlantic Monthly (to which Harry Crosby persistently submitted his poems, and which refused, with equal persistence, to publish them), and was responsible for the American distribution of The Black Sun Press edition of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher (cf. lots 642-643). The paucity of copies of this edition of Sonnets for Caresse meant that most would go to close friends, and, taken in conjunction with Crosby's comments on previous criticism, it seems most probable that Weeks was the intended recipient of this copy. Minkoff A3b; Published in Paris p.407.
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