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POUND, Ezra. A Lume spento. Venice: A. Antonini [for Ezra Pound], 1908.
4° (207 x 150mm). (Occasional light marking and marginal paper flaws, variable light browning.) Original light green printed wrappers, top edge trimmed, others uncut, later morocco-backed box (upper wrapper lightly spotted, creased and with short edge tears, some skilfully repaired, lower wrapper and spine replaced). Provenance: Viola Baxter Jordan (née Viola Scott Baxter, 1887-1973, manuscript annotations on pp. 26 and 29).
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 150 COPIES. VIOLA BAXTER'S ANNOTATED COPY OF POUND'S FIRST BOOK. Pound met Viola Baxter in 1905 while he was a student at Hamilton College, Clinton, but, although he described her in a letter to William Carlos Williams as 'one of the few girls I have ever fallen in love with' (quoted in H. Carpenter A Serious Character (London: 1988), p.56), his romantic feelings for her do not seem to have been very intense. Regardless of the nature of the relationship, it remained strong throughout his life, and they remained in contact for many years afterwards (indeed, during his internment at St Elizabeths Hospital in the post-war years, she sent parcels of confectionary). The glosses in Baxter's hand occur on p.26 (where she adds the full name of Katherine Ruth Heyman--spelt 'Heymann' by Baxter--and the epithet "'pianist"') and p.29 (where she has added the word 'translation' below the title).
This copy has the misprints noted by Gallup on the dedication and pp.10 and 24; that on the dedication has been corrected in pencil by Pound. Gallup Pound (1983) A1.
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