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Le Navire d’Argent. June 1925-May 1926 [Complete run of 12 Vols.]
Paris: La Maison des Ami des Livres - 1926 1925 - 24 or 25/100 COPIES on pur fil Lafuma paper, fourth volume with two plates (a portrait of William Blake and an unpublished sketch by him), pp. 1-460; 1-504; 1-456 [each group of 4 issues paginated continuously], 8vo, original wrappers evenly toned, short tear to front of volume 2, untrimmed and largely unopened with a little dustsoiling to top edge, original subscription leaflet laid in at rear of first volume with additional inserts in a couple of other volumes, tissue jackets, a very good set A subscriber’s set; only the first issue is numbered 25, the rest 24. A wide-ranging periodical founded by Adrienne Monnier and published with the assistance, financial and literary, of Sylvia Beach and Jean Prévost. The first issue opens with an essay by Valery Larbaud in praise of Paris, from which the journal takes its name, and features the first translation in full of any of T.S. Eliot’s major poems in French - ‘La Chanson d’amour de J. Alfred Prufrock’, the work of translation undertaken by Monnier herself alongside Sylvia Beach. Monnier also contributes poetry under the name J.M. Sollier, whilst other notable contributions in original French come from Ramon Fernandez, Blaise Cendrars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jean Giraudoux, Jules Romains, and Paul Claudel. Number 4 is devoted to William Blake, with translations of his poems by Annie Hervieu and Auguste Morel who would gain note as the French translator of Ulysses amongst other work by Joyce. Joyce himself contributes original work the fifth number, with the first appearance of his Anna Livia Plurabelle passage (as ‘From Work in Progress’, in English), whilst first French translations of work by D.H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, E.E. Cummings, Hope Mirrlees, Ernest Hemingway, Italo Svevo, and Rilke appear throughout the other volumes.The expense of producing the magazine became excessively burdensome on Monnier - soon after she would sell her library in order to pay off the debts incurred - but in its year long life-span it marked an important contribution to the international modernist scene. (Gallup D109; Hanneman C169; Slocum & Cahoon C66)
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