This is the first trade edition of Ezra Pound’s “Drafts & Fragments of Cantos CX CXVII” (32 pages), published by New Directions in 1968.
The book is in its original dust jacket, which is in very good condition, with the price not clipped, and with the jacket in mylar. The cover, black background with silver lettering on the spine, has several small white stains. It has no fade to the lettering and no looseness at the hinges.
The inside front cover has the name of a previous owner, the poet Lewis Putnam Turco, written in ink, and dated 8/19/70. Across from this, on the front end page, Ezra Pound’s calling card, with his Venice address printed and his Rapallo address written in pen, is attached with adhesive.
The only other extraneous elements are on the title page. The blind-embossed Turco stamp is toward the bottom. Below the title Turco has written and initialed a poem, with the date 8/28/70. I assume this is an original Turco work, but I don’t know if that’s so.
The book is otherwise clean throughout, with no other writing, attachments, or other stamps. The lettering is clean and unfaded. The binding is secure, with no loose or missing pages. There are no page tears or creases.
The accompanying photos are of this copy.
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