New York: A New Directions Book, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. 107pp. Octavo [20.5 cm] Black cloth covered boards with a silver stamped title on the spine. Good only. The edges of the spine and covers are rubbed. The bottom fore edge corners of the covers are damp stained, and the underlying boards are visible at the bottom right corner of the front cover. The spine ends and corners of the covers are gently bumped. The top edge of the text block is foxed, and there are several small stains on the fore edge of the text block. The endsheets are darkened along the hinges, and there is a brief ink notation on the front free endsheet. There are small dark stains on the bottom fore edge corners of many of the pages. Tanned pages. In a very good dust jacket. Mildly age-toned and soiled. More heavily darkened at the spine, and along the edges and folds. The dust jacket also has two large dark stains, however they are primarily noticeable on the internal, non-visible side of the jacket. The edges are slightly chipped, and there are a couple of small losses from the edges. One of the losses is from the paper at the head of the spine. This loss measures 1 inch wide by just under 1/4 inch deep. Item #33847
Ezra Pound is widely considered as the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. In the first part of the twentieth century, he created a seminal exchange of work and ideas between British and American writers, and was known for the generosity with which he advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and especially T. S. Eliot.