Item #10194 Cathay [Robert McAlmon Copy]. Ezra Pound.
Cathay [Robert McAlmon Copy]

Cathay [Robert McAlmon Copy]

Very Good / Very Good. Item #10194

London: Elkin Mathews, 1915. First Edition. Bookplate of author and publisher Robert McAlmon affixed at top corner of front endpaper, obscured by jacket flap. Thin octavo (7.75" x 5.25"); 31, [1]pp. Publisher's printed heavy tan jacket / wraps folded over endpapers. Rough-cut page edges. Lacks laid-in publisher's advert seen in some copies. Covers show some light rubbing / bumping along top and bottom edges and a faint crease along bottom front corner, but are clean and crisp with no chips or tears. Some paste spillover bordering McAlmon's bookplate. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.

Pound's "translations" of classical Chinese poems based on "notes of the late Ernest Fenollosa, and the decipherings of the professors Mori and Ariga." This copy previously from the library of author and publisher Robert McAlmon, with his bookplate affixed. While his own work has largely been overshadowed, McAlmon was an important figure in the social and publishing world among expatriate writers in Paris, having co-founded the short-lived but influential magazine Contact with William Carlos Williams, which published works by Ezra Pound as well as H.D., Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Mina Loy, and others. His lightly fictionalized memoir Nightinghouls of Paris chronicled the underbelly of the Paris expatriate writer scene.

[Gallup A9].

Price: $1,500.00

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