Paris, Printed at the Three Mountains Press in the Isle Saint Louis, (May) 1923.
Small 4to, publisher’s half red cloth over grey paper boards, first side printed in red and black with publisher’s woodcut mark. 45 pp., (2) pp. Complete.
With 12 b/w abstract woodcuts by Dorothy Shakespear Pound (1886-1973), including the frontispiece (engraved by Robert Dill), one headpiece, one tailpiece and 9 full-page blocks.
First edition limited to 300 numbered copies on Rives handmade paper.
One of ten books published by William Bird’s Three Mountains Press between 1923 and 1926.
The Three Mountains Press was an important Modernist private press established in Paris by the American journalist and expatriate William Bird (1888-1963). Ezra Pound held a position as editor there from 1923, Dorothy Shakespear, one of a handful Vorticist women artists, was his wife; she sketched and painted, did many designs for the poet’s books, including covers and ornamental letters and assisted him with business matters for his short‐lived magazines. Bird had his diminutive shop on the Ile Saint-Louis and produced small editions of work by Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, and others, all printed by Bird himself. “So small were his premises, in fact, that Sylvia Beach has recorded that when she went to call on him, they had to converse on the pavement outside; there was no room for more than one in the printing office”. When Bird eventually stopped his printing activities, the equipment was sold to Nancy Cunard, who used it at her Hours Press.
A very good copy.
Ref. Cave, The Private Press, p. 205
Price: 400,00 euros
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