7 - 8 April 2004
POUND, Ezra Loomis. Autograph picture postcard signed ('E.P.') to his father, H.L. Pound, Venice, 23 July , showing a scene in the Piazza San Marco, half page, 8vo.
THE PRINTING OF A LUME SPENTO. Pound enquires whether his father has received the manuscript of 'Pavia', and notes the dispatch of five copies of A Lume Spento, suggesting 'Perhaps you'd better not use the copies I sent first by friend's baggage. I explained in letter that they were not made right', sending love and asking for an address.
Donald Gallup (Ezra Pound. A Bibliography (1983), p.3) notes that 'The first 20 copies bound [of A Lume Spento] were trimmed in error and 15 of them were sent by Ezra Pound on 20 July 1908 to his father in Philadelphia for use as review copies'. The complete edition, which was printed in Venice at Pound's expense, numbered about 150. Pound had hoped to use the edition to kick up 'such a hell of a row' that he could prompt an American reprint; but in fact no reprint of the collection appeared before 1965.
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