POUND, EZRA (1885-1972. American poet)
Lot 385
POUND, EZRA (1885-1972, American poet) REVISED TYPESCRIPT OF HIS 'CANTO PROCEEDING (72 CIRCA)', signed
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 37,340) inc. premium
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POUND, EZRA (1885-1972, American poet)
REVISED TYPESCRIPT OF HIS 'CANTO PROCEEDING (72 CIRCA)', signed ('Ezra Pound'), 39 lines, with autograph revisions and deletions, mostly supplying text in Greek, 2 pages, folio, the bottom quarter of the second leaf cut away well below the signature, not dated

The Evil is Usury, neschek
the serpent
neschek whose name is known, the defiler,
Beyond race and against race
the defiler...

The bold autograph insertions are Greek words and phrases and one Latin word and the final letter'd' on two words. The poem comes with an envelope on which Pound has written 'EZRA POUND HIS STUFF!!!'

The poem is published in the revised, collected edition of the Cantos (London, 1975), where it appears among the fragments and incomplete poems in Appendix C. This draft, however, appears to be complete in itself and this view is supported by the confident signature of Pound at the end. He rarely signed any of his poems in full, but he does so here. The poem contains a number of readings different from the printed text: the line 'Till it is pity that poets have hitherto used symbol and metaphor', for instance, is in the published version as: 'A pity that poets have used symbol and metaphor.'

No other manuscripts for Pound's Cantos have been sold at auction.
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