London: The Poetry Bookshop, 35 Devonshire Street, Theobalds, W.C., n.d. [printed 1915 by Gowans Brothers]. First Edition. Pictorial Wrappers. First Printing of Aldington's first book of poems, published when he was literary editor of The Egoist. Crown 8vo (196 x 144mm): 31pp (title from cover, pagination begins cover verso). Original illustrated stapled wrappers, front panel with hand-colored block print by John Nash, priced 8d net on lower left corner, edges untrimmed; original glassine outer wrapper, toned and chipped at edges. Wrappers middy foxed (as often), but an unusually good copy in original outer wrapper. Kershaw 1. Near Fine. Item #BB2370
Ezra Pound coined the term imagistes for Aldington and his wife, Hilda Doolittle (H. D.) Aldington's poetry, championing minimalist free verse with stark images, constitutes almost one third of the Imagists's inaugural anthology Des Imagistes, in which six of these poems originally appeared. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).