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Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti. With translations of them and an Introduction.
London: Stephen Swift and Co., Ltd., 1912 - Octavo. Original streaky grey cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, edges untrimmed. Faint toning to spine, very slight rubbing to the corners, toning to endpapers and some mild spotting to early leaves, but an excellent fresh copy. 32 pp publisher's advertisements at the rear. First UK edition, with the contemporary ownership inscription of Aida Borchgrevinck in red ink to the half-title. Aida Borchgrevink (née Ada Starr) was a Bloomsbury figure, a friend of E. M. Forster and R. C. Trevelyan, described by John Furness as "an ebullient, romantic woman" who "sang Wagner at the top of her voice while she drove". The UK edition was published about a week after the US edition by Small, Maynard & Co. in Boston, with some revisions to Pound's introduction and the translations. Pound's Cavalcanti is published with Italian and English printed in facing text throughout. The UK edition is scarce, since a large portion of the print run was destroyed by a fire at the binders. This is a lovely copy with a charming association. Gallup B4b. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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