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POUND, Ezra. Jefferson and/or Mussolini. London: Western Printing Services Ltd. for Stanley Nott, 1935.
8° (217 x 145mm). (Variable light spotting.) Original blue cloth, bevelled boards, upper board and spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut (edges lightly bumped, spine and outer areas of boards a little darkened).
FIRST EDITION, NO. I OF 30 SIGNED COPIES IN A BINDING UNKNOWN TO GALLUP, the printed limitation reading 'Of this edition there are XXX copies numbered and signed by the author of which XXV are for sale. This copy is number', with autograph insertion by Pound 'spare , Ezra Pound , I'. The present copy is bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt with the top edge gilt, rather than orange cloth lettered in black with cut, but not gilt, top edge (as described by Gallup), although the lettering has been stamped from the same block as that on the regular edition. The signed copies described by Gallup have an additional half-title (bearing the limitation statement on the verso) tipped in before the half-title and title, thus disrupting the pagination of - (preliminary leaves), 7-128 (text). In this copy, however, the half-title printed for the normal copies has been cancelled, leaving a stub onto which the half-title bearing the limitation statement has been tipped. These anomalies of binding and collation suggest that the present copy was possibly a trial issue--in a variant binding and with a cancellans (rather than additional) half-title, features not adopted for the commercially-available limited edition--and was retained as one of the five copies not for sale. Gallup Pound (1983) A41a.
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