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[Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965) and Ezra POUND.] Ezra Pound. His Metric and Poetry. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, '1917' [but January 1918].
8° (188 x 125mm). Half-tone portrait frontispiece after Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. (Light marginal browning, endpapers, frontispiece and final leaves slightly dampstained.) Original boards, upper board lettered in gilt (spine and outer areas a little faded, upper part of boards and spine dampstained, spine chipped). Provenance: Blanche Dismorr (presentation inscription on front free endpaper 'Blanche Dismorr , With compliments of , Isabel Pound', further signed below 'Homer L. Pound'.)--sale, Swann Galleries, 2 May 1985, lot 89.
FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY POUND'S MOTHER AND FURTHER SIGNED BY HIS FATHER. Ezra Pound was issued to accompany the publication of Pound's Lustra in America by Knopf in 1917; it was written by T.S. Eliot--who later commented of it, 'There was a time when it did not seem unfitting for me to write a pamphlet [...] but Ezra was then known only to a few and I was so completely unknown that it seemed more decent that the pamphlet should appear anonymously' (The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New York: 1933), p.16)--and corrected and amended by Pound, who also compiled the bibliography. The recipient of this copy was possibly a relative of the Vorticist artist Jessica Dismorr, who was, like Pound, a contributor to Blast, and knew Pound in the pre-war and wartime period. Gallup Pound (1983) B17; Gallup Eliot (1969) A2.
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