CUNARD, Nancy

Title Poems (Two) 1925. Edition limited to 150 copies, number 59, signed by author. Cover Design by Elliott Seabrooke. Association copy: 'Marevna' and Marika Rivera
Illustrator Seabrooke, Elliott
Publisher London The Aquila Press Limited
Date 1930
Book ID 36637
First Edition  
Signed  

Description

Tall 8vo., paper-covered boards, printed label laid down to upper board, unpaginated, complete. Limited to one hundred & fifty copies set and printed by hand of which this is No. 59. Signed Nancy Cunard on limitation page. Dedicated to artist Elliott Seabrooke (who designed the covers). Boards a little grubby from age, light stain to top-edge, spine head knocked at back else a good copy. Clean and tight. Used; Very Good Not only one of the 20th century's most celebrated muses, English heiress Nancy Cunard, refused to be defined by her glamour or, for that matter, by her riches. This unconventional child of privilege worked as a poet, a publisher, a journalist and, above all, a tireless supporter of the disenfranchised. Samuel Beckett praised "her spunk and verve.", T. S. Eliot put her in an early version of "The Waste Land", Pablo Neruda celebrated her "lovely sky-blue eyes". She played tennis with Ernest Hemingway, received house calls from James Joyce and modelled for Constantin Brancusi. Cunard wrote three books of poetry in the 1920s and in 1928 founded the Hours Press. A self-described anarchist, she chafed at her own image as a mere siren, and "yearned for a more meaningful identity". At the Hours Press they published Aragon, Ezra Pound and (the then little known) Samuel Beckett. This book is from the library of 'Marevna' and Marika Rivera (daughter of Marevna and Diego Rivera) but with no proof of provenance.
Price: £300.00

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