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New York: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1918. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine and front cover gilt, top edge red. Spine slightly faded, a little rubbing to extremities, a couple of faint spots to contents. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Ezra Pound, with the kind regards of John Quinn. New York, June 29, 1918," with Pound's address, 5 Holland Place Chambers, Kensington. W., blindstamped to the first blank; with the ownership signature of Agnes Bedford to the front free endpaper and first blank; and inscribed by the author to Agnes Bedford on the first blank: "To my dear Agg, from W. L. Dec. 1927." This is a superb association copy, representing a perfect nexus of three mainstays of modernism. John Quinn, a wealthy Irish-American lawyer, was notable for his highly influential patronage of leading figures in British modernism. He was patron and lawyer for the New York magazine, The Little Review, which was edited by Pound, and which was suppressed in November 1917 for running a controversial piece by Wyndham Lewis. Through Quinn's patronage, Pound also obtained an editorial position with London literary magazine, The Egoist, in which Tarr was originally serialised between 1916 and 1917 (though the book was first published in the US, not the UK, hence the gift from Quinn). This copy most likely came into the possession of Pound's close friend Agnes Bedford when she inherited Pound's London apartment and most of his possessions after he departed to Paris with Dorothy in 1921. Bedford, a musician, visited Paris to collaborate with Pound on his opera La Testament de Villon, and also arranged the music for his Five Troubadour Songs. It was Pound who introduced Bedford to Wyndham Lewis. She became Lewis's lover in the 1920s, during which time he inscribed this copy of his first published book to her. Lewis's biographer Jeffrey Meyers speculates that "both Lewis and Pound carried on somewhat briefly with Agnes Bedford", as had happened previously with another woman, though the evidence in this case is "purely circumstantial".
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