POUND, Ezra. Canzoni. London: Chiswick Press for Elkin Mathews, 1911. 8° (190 x 127mm). Woodcut publisher's device in red on the title. 4-page publisher's advertisements for Personae and Exultations. Original streaked grey cloth, upper board and spine lettered in gilt, the spine reading 'CAN , ZONI , OF , EZRA , POUND , ELKIN , MATHEWS' (spine very slighty darkened). Provenance: Edith St John Bright (bookplate; pencilled inscription on front free endpaper 'Feb. 16th 1913 , From M.L.B.'; pencilled notes). FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING. Gallup Pound (1983) A7a.
E. POUND. Canzoni. London: Chiswick Press for Elkin Mathews, 1911. 8° (190 x 130mm). Woodcut publisher's device in red on the title. 4-page publisher's advertisements for Personae and Exultations bound in at the end. Original brown boards, lettered in gilt on the upper board and spine, the spine reading 'CAN , ZONI , ELKIN , MATHEWS' (extremities a little rubbed and chipped). FIRST EDITION, SECOND BINDING. SIGNED BY POUND WITH A NOTE ON THE BINDING. The front free endpaper is inscribed 'Ezra Pound , observing that , the publisher , has bound a , new lot'. Gallup Pound (1983) A7a.
FIRST EDITIONS, IN BOTH FIRST AND SECOND STATES OF THE BINDING, THE LATTER INSCRIBED BY POUND. 1,000 sets of sheets of Canzoni were printed; of these sheets, 500 or more were issued first in a grey cloth binding, and later--as Pound's note in the second copy confirms--in brown boards. An unknown number of sets of sheets, not exceeding 500, were subsequently bound up with sheets of Ripostes and issued as Canzoni & Ripostes by Elkin Mathews in 1913. (2)