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Nineteen poems originally appeared in Ezra Pound's 1915 collection Cathay. Neither rightly translations nor original poems, they are instead an ingenious highbred devised by the young Pound soon after the widow of Ernest Fenollosa appointed him the literary executor of her husband's work. Pound discovered a working manuscript of notes on a series of poems by the Chinese poets Li P'o and Wang We'i, among others. (Fenollosa provided the Japanese equivalents of their names, Rihaku and Omakitsu, respectively.) When writing the poems, Pound had little knowledge of either the Chinese language or its ideograms. From the time of their original publication and through most of the 20th Century, Pound's creative explorations provided both a profound inspiration and a source for great debate. The Cathay poems have undergone scrutiny and controversy for nearly a hundred years while at the same time having a profound influence on Western poetry, including major American and European poets throughout the 20th Century. It greatly encouraged and influenced the imagist movement. It's style was easily akin to the straighforward American style of poetry.

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The Limited Editions Club 1st Thus Hardcover edition, Date published 1992, Illustrated by Francesco Clemente

Limited to 300 copies, signed on the limitations page by the artist in pencil. Illustrated with seven original color woodcuts by Francesco Clemente. Printed on handmade Japanese Ogawashi paper by Arthur Larson at Horton Tank Graphics. Set in Monotype Lutetia by Julia Ferrari and Dan Carr at Golgonooza Letter Foundry, Ashuelot Village, New Hampshire. Woodblocks, cut by Michael Berdan, were editioned at Evans Editions, Inc., N.Y. Large Quarto, 12 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches in slipcase. Bound in pale aqua Japanese linen by Kim O'Donnell at Garthegaat Bindery. Blindstamped decoration on front board. Matching linen covered slipcase. Search for other copies
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  Near Fine book in Near Fine slipcase. Only flaws are fading of book spine to a lighter blue, and some irregular fading of the slipcase, else As New. #124 of 300, signed in pencil by the illustrator, Mr. Clemente.   Near Fine $1850.00 Add to cart
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