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The Collected Poems. Chariot of the Sun, Sleeping Together, Torchbearer, Transit of Venus
Paris: The Black Sun Press,, 1931. Introductions and notes to the volumes contributed by D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Stuart Gilbert, and Ezra Pound. 4 volumes, large octavo. Original printed wrappers under glassine. In the original red cloth slipcase. Light spotting and wear to spines with partial loss of glassine to spines, a beautiful set. First editions thus, one of 500 complete sets. Harry Crosby (1898–1929) was born the heir to one of Boston's wealthiest banking families, but after serving as an ambulance driver during the First World War he abandoned his wealth to live as an author in Paris with his wife Caresse Crosby. They embedded themselves in the avant-garde cultural scene, befriending the likes of Dali, Hemingway and Cartier-Bresson, founded the Black Sun Press which helped to publish the early works of Joyce, Eliot, Pound and Hart Crane, and lived a life of utter dissolution off Harry's inheritance which, when it ran out, had to be supplemented by telegrams to his banker father such as the infamous, "PLEASE SELL $10,000 WORTH OF STOCK. WE HAVE DECIDED TO LIVE A MAD AND EXTRAVAGANT LIFE", (to which the father, reluctantly but nonetheless amazingly, assented). Following Crosby's tragic death in 1929 (he was found shot dead in the same bed as Josephine, "The Fire Princess", one of his many lovers), the Black Sun Press issued several posthumous works, including this boxed set of his poems.
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