POUND, Ezra. Lustra ... with Earlier Poems. New York: for private circulation [by John Quinn], 1917.
8° (192 x 133mm). Half-tone portrait frontispiece after Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. (Very light marginal browning, occasional light marking.) Original blue cloth, letterpress spine label (endpapers lightly browned, label a little browned, extremities lightly bumped).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, NO. 43 OF 60 COPIES. THE FIRST PUBLICATION IN BOOK FORM OF CANTOS I-III. The first American edition contained the poems published in the first English edition of Lustra (London: 1916, cf. lots 787 and 788), augmented with 40 other poems and Cantos I-III on pp.179-202, collectively entitled 'Three Cantos of a Poem of Some Length'. Cantos I-III were to have been included in the first edition of Lustra, but Pound wished to publish them in Poetry first, so withheld them from the English edition. Although they are numbered I-III, Pound later re-ordered them, so, using the final numbers, the cantos are printed here in the order II, III and I, 'all three differing radically from the eventual final texts' (Gallup). The other additional poems in the volume include those that were omitted from the first edition of Lustra by Elkin Mathews, who feared possible prosecution for obscenity and insisted on their removal. As usual the half-title leaf has been cancelled by excision. Loosely inserted is a 2-leaf, 8° 'Note' signed 'JOHN QUINN' and dated 24 October 1917, explaining the distinctions between--and the differing contents of--the first and second impressions of the first English edition and the first and second impressions of the first American edition of Lustra (cf. Gallup Pound (1983) A11d, describing Quinn's 'Note'). Gallup Pound (1983) A11c.