Ezra Pound's book on the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was first published in 1916. An enlarged edition, including thirty pages of illustrations (sculpture and drawings) as well as Pound's later pieces on Gaudier, was brought out in 1970, and is now re-issued as an ND Paperbook. The memoir is valuable both for the history of modern art and ...
Ezra Pound's book on the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was first published in 1916. An enlarged edition, including thirty pages of illustrations (sculpture and drawings) as well as Pound's later pieces on Gaudier, was brought out in 1970, and is now re-issued as an ND Paperbook. The memoir is valuable both for the history of modern art and for what it shows us of Pound himself, his ability to recognize genius in others and then to publicize it effectively. Would there today be a Salle Gaudier-Brzeska in the Musee de L'Art Moderne in Paris if Pound had not championed him? Gaudier's talent was impressive and his Vorticist aesthetic important as theory, but he was killed in World War I at the age of twenty-three, leaving only a small body of work. Pound knew Gaudier in London, where the young artist had come with his companion, the Polish-born Sophie Brzeska. whose name he added to his own. They were living in poverty when Pound bought Gaudier the stone from which the famous "hieratic head" of the poet was made. Pound arranged exhibitions and for the publication of Gaudier's manifestoes in Blast and The Egoist. And he wrote and sent packages to him in the trenches, where Gaudier a sculptor to the last carved a madonna and child from the butt of a captured German rifle, just two days before he died."
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book Hard bound with dust jacket. Some wear to dust jacket, and minof age toning to spine edge. Foxing to upperpage edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. This is the first printing of the New Directions 1960 edition. (The book was originally published in 1916. )
This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside. This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition., 500grams, ISBN:
Very Good. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. First published in 1916 when 1000 sets of sheets were printed. 650 were bound in 1916, 100 in 1927, and the final 250 sets were bound in 1939 for this third issue. With Thirty-Eight Illustrations, Consisting of Photographs of his Sculpture, and Four Portraits by Walter Benington, and Numerous Reproductions of Drawings. Large, 8" x 10" design. Green, buckram (cloth) boards, gilt spine titles, moderate shelf wear, bump. Frontispiece portrait of Gaudier-Brzeska. Thick, deckled pages generally very good; some fox at title page, contents page. Clean w/o writing. Green top-stain. Heavy stock, smooth, coated plates. Bind strong; hinges fully intact. Solid, moderately worn example. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was a French sculptor of whom Ezra Pound took a great artistic interest. Before the expat era following WWI, there was Ezra Pound and his colorful, sophisticated set of poets and artists including Gaudier-Brzeska, T.S. Eliot, et al. Pound believed in spare, direct conveyence in all art and literature, and spurred the Vortex movement to prominence for a time. From Pound's literary journal Blast of July, 1915: "Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: after months of fighting and two promotions for gallantry, was killed in a charge at Neuville St. Vaast, on June 5th, 1915." Small bookstore label inside bk. cover: The Times Book Club, 42 Wigmore Street, London. Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., London and Beccles. 168 pages. Insured post.
With no dust jacket. Third issue. (After earlier editions of 1915 & 1916) A good only copy in green cloth with gold titles at spine. No dust jacket. (Preliminaries foxed. Faint trade of soiling on rear endpaper. Covers lightly soiled. Small dig at cloth on spine) Illustrated.
Very Good in Fair jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Hardcover in dust jacket in custom hinged box. book is covered in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. top edge dyed green, now a bit dulled with a few faint dust-spots discernible. fore and bottom edges untrimmed. five word gift inscription with date (25.12.56) to front free endpaper. tiny green label to bottom of rear pastedown from gotham book mart. a few pale light brown patches to first three preliminary pages. the dj has four old tape repairs, including a large one about the crown of the spine. dj has creases, rubbing, a few chips, edge-wear, yet is in one piece, 90% present. both flaps are present as is the 12/6 net uk price. the binding and hinges are sturdy, no text markings, no bumps, no water damage. the clamshell box appears recent and is pristine, dark green leather-backed natural linen covered boards, with title and author gilt-stamped on the spine, very nicely done.; x-168pp., 30 illustrations. frontis-piece photo of gaudier-brzeska. first published in 1916. 1000 sets of sheets were printed. 650 were bound in 1916. 100 were bound in 1927. the final 250 were bound in 1939 for this third issue. the dust jacket is extremely scarce on any copy.
Two corners lightly bumped, very slight foxing to top edge, else a fine copy in dust jacket. Jacket has slight bump to two corners, else fine. POUND, Ezra. GAUDIER-BRZESKA. A Memoir. Octavo, brown cloth stamped in gold, 147 pages (followed by 30 pages of illustrations).
4to., 168pp.; VG-; spine green with gilt lettering; bound in green cloth with the Gaudier image embossed on front cover; some fraying to rear spine edges, bumping and cracking to head and heel, peeling to corners; binding loose, but intact; text clean; shelved case 9. Dupont.
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