Five Book (and one record) Birthday Salute to Wallace Stevens

Soldier, there is a war between the mind
And sky, between thought and day and night. It is
For that the poet is always in the sun,
Patches the moon together in his room
to his Virgilian cadences, up down,
Up down. It is a war that never ends.

-from Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Today is the birthday of  Wallace Stevens. Literary critic Harold Bloom called Stevens “the best and most representative American poet of our time.” Though he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company he also achieved the honor of being one of America’s most respected poets.

From his biography at The Poetry Foundation:

He was a master stylist, employing an extraordinary vocabulary and a rigorous precision in crafting his poems. But he was also a philosopher of aesthetics, vigorously exploring the notion of poetry as the supreme fusion of the creative imagination and objective reality.

1. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A., 1954. First edition, first printing. Number 2201 of 2500 numbered copies. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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2. Harmonium (First Edition, first issue, signed). The poet’s first collection, published when he was 44 years old, after almost a decade of appearances only in magazines. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.

3. Study of Two Pears / Etude de deux poires. A Poem by Wallace Stevens with a translation into French by Bernard Noel and mezzotints by Judith Rothchild

Published 2003  in Octon, France  by Verdigris Press. One of 44 copies from a total issue of 50, all on Hahnemuhle paper, each copy signed in pencil by the artist, Judith Rothchild, and the printer, Mark Lintott, and hand-numbered in pencil.

4.  Parts of a World New York, 1942. First Edition. [One of 1,000 copies].

5.  Poems.San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1985. with original etching by Jasper Johns.

First edition of this selection edited, with an introduction, by Helen Vendler. The frontispiece is an original etching by Jasper Johns, signed by him in the margin. One of three hundred numbered copies (of 326) printed on English mould-made paper under the direction of Andrew Hoyem,

6. Wallace Stevens Reading His Poems

Reportedly recorded in June, 1956, this example is undated but Caedmon address features a zip code and jacket front panel states “For Stereo or Monaural Phonographs,” indicating a release in the early- to mid-1960s.

Wallace Stevens books in print

A New Fine Press Edition of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” - poet laureate Robert Hass on Leaves of Grass

To mark their one-hundredth publication the noted fine press publisher Arion Press has chosen the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

 Chosen in part as a tribute to the publisher’s predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“I thought Arion Press might do something with Whitman’s poetry that was different as to the text and yet pay tribute to the 1930 edition by using a similar format, production methods, and materials, but with a new design,” Hoyem writes in the prospectus for this new edition.

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                                      One of 125 copies!

Churchtown Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1915. Hardcover. 1/125 numbered copies. $1250.

Offered with “Plates to accompany ‘Reveries over childhood and youth.’ which contains three plates - a reproduction of a Jack B Yeats watercolor, and two engravings - one after a drawing by John B Yeats, and one after a watercolor by John B Yeats. Both books in Fine condition, and the two housed together in a custom drop-spine box.

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FINNISH BOOK DESIGN

Beautiful new Finnish poetry books published by Helsingissä
Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, purchased on a recent trip.

Harry Salmenniemi, Kivirivit 2013 (in English Stone Lines) and Runojä (in English Runoja, Poemms) design by Markus Pyörälä voted the Most Beautiful Book of the Year by The Finnish Book Art Committee in 2012. (shown left and centre)

Kuka ampui Ötzin? by Vesa Haapala published in 2012 (right and open book) shows his collaboration with the graphic designer Markus Pyörälä. The translation of the title is Who shot Ötzi? The body of Ötzi is hidden in the book.

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shelfcandy:

Les Fleurs du Mal. Pieces Condamnees. by Charles Baudelaire. With illustrations by Charles Mayrs. Vancouver, BC: Black Stone Press, 2010.
A new fine press edition featuring six illustrations by Mayrs, each  opposite a poem (presented in the original French.) Designed and printed by David Clifford; the text was set in Arepo and printed letterpress from polymer plates on Rives BFK. Each copy was hand-bound by Yasmine Franchi.

Edition of forty numbered copies, signed by the artist.
“Six of one hundred poems were banned by the French Government three months after ‘Les Fleur du Mal’ was published in 1857. The reason given was outrage against religious and public morals, and Baudelaire was fined 300 francs. Despite, or perhaps because of the controversy, the original edition became an instant sensation. The ban was not revoked in France until 1949…”

shelfcandy:

Les Fleurs du Mal. Pieces Condamnees. by Charles Baudelaire. With illustrations by Charles Mayrs. Vancouver, BC: Black Stone Press, 2010.

A new fine press edition featuring six illustrations by Mayrs, each  opposite a poem (presented in the original French.) Designed and printed by David Clifford; the text was set in Arepo and printed letterpress from polymer plates on Rives BFK. Each copy was hand-bound by Yasmine Franchi.

Edition of forty numbered copies, signed by the artist.

“Six of one hundred poems were banned by the French Government three months after ‘Les Fleur du Mal’ was published in 1857. The reason given was outrage against religious and public morals, and Baudelaire was fined 300 francs. Despite, or perhaps because of the controversy, the original edition became an instant sensation. The ban was not revoked in France until 1949…”