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POUND, Ezra. The Pisan Cantos. New York: The Vale-Ballou Press for New Directions, 1948. 8° (215 x 140mm). Original cloth lettered in silver on the spine, dustwrapper (dustwrapper browned and torn causing losses on spine and lower panel). Provenance: Agnes Bedford (presentation inscription on front free endpaper 'A.B. , plenary indulgence , permanent benediction , anno , nuovo? , 1949 , Ezra Pound'). FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED TO AGNES BEDFORD. Gallup Pound (1983) A60a.
E. POUND. Section: Rock-Drill. 85-95 de los cantares. Milan: Stamperia Valdonega di Verona for Vanni Scheiwiller all'Insegna del Pesce d'Oro, 1955. 8° (203 x 123mm). Title printed in red and black. (Light marginal browning.) Original grey boards lettered in black and with portrait of Pound after Gaudier-Brzeska on upper board (slightly browned and marked, extremities slightly rubbed and chipped, spine slightly leant). FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 506 COPIES, THIS NO. 159 OF 500. Gallup Pound (1983) A70a.
FIRST EDITIONS OF CANTOS 74 TO 95, THE PISAN CANTOS INSCRIBED TO AGNES BEDFORD, Pound's friend and musical collaborator (for whom, see lot 766, Bedford's proof copy of A Draft of XVI Cantos, sent to her at Pound's request). (2)
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