London: Desmond Harmsworth, MCMXXXI . First Edition. Hardcover. A spectacular First Printing of this rancorous essay on literary instruction, language, criticism, and much else, including a checklist of recommended writers, beginning with Confucius and down through Flaubert and Rimbaud. Slim crown 8vo (190 x 129mm): 55,pp. Publisher's first issue roughly finished red cloth stamped in silver (the later issue binding was of smoothly finished red cloth stamped in black), fore- and bottom edges untrimmed; grey dust-jacket, priced 2s., printed in red with portrait bust of the poet from a sketch by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, who worked in a roughhewn, primitive style that Pound championed. Fine, bright copy in a fine jacket with miniscule rub to base of spine panel. Gallup A33a. Fine / Fine. Item #BB2444
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