CUNARD, NANCY (1896-1965)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF THREE SONNETS UNDER THE GENERAL TITLE 'ITALY', signed ('Nancy Cunard'), each 14 lines, with the autograph note: 'From "Passport to Freedom" forthcoming book of poems, and published in "The New Statesman"', 3 pages, quarto, in specially printed folding case, with a manuscript label, dated, London, Winter, 1941-1942
I wonder -- is Benozzo still a-flower,
And does the spring still mount the Umbrian hill?
History, a plain, and Italy the tower
That dominates; this is high tide of ill...
Nancy Cunard, owner of The Hours Press, was a muse to Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound, Louis Aragon, Hemingway, Joyce, Brancusi, Langston Hughes, Man Ray and Carlos Williams. No poetical manuscripts by Nancy Cunard have been sold at auction.