CROWDER (HENRY) Henry Music... Poems by Nancy Cunard, Richard Aldington, Walter Lowenfels, Samuel Beckett, Harold Acton, FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, LIMITED TO 100 COPIES SIGNED BY CROWDER, AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY HIM "For Bimbe. How can I frame a sentence or sentences that tell what I feel about Bimbe. She is lovely, charming, sweet, beautiful. Of us, and with us" on colophon, Paris, Hours Press, 1930
Lot 202
CROWDER (HENRY)
Henry Music... Poems by Nancy Cunard, Richard Aldington, Walter Lowenfels, Samuel Beckett, Harold Acton, FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, LIMITED TO 100 COPIES SIGNED BY CROWDER, AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY HIM "For Bimbe. How can I frame a sentence or sentences that tell what I feel about Bimbe. She is lovely, charming, sweet, beautiful. Of us, and with us" on colophon, Paris, Hours Press, 1930
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,344) inc. premium

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CROWDER (HENRY)
Henry Music... Poems by Nancy Cunard, Richard Aldington, Walter Lowenfels, Samuel Beckett, Harold Acton, FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, LIMITED TO 100 COPIES SIGNED BY CROWDER, AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY HIM "For Bimbe. How can I frame a sentence or sentences that tell what I feel about Bimbe. She is lovely, charming, sweet, beautiful. Of us, and with us" on colophon, 20pp. of music by Crowder (this text block working loose), publisher's pictorial boards with specially designed photomontage (incorporating a portrait of Crowder, African sculptures and Nancy Cunard's bangles) by Man Ray, slightly rubbed, small folio (330 x 250mm.), Paris, Hours Press, 1930

Footnotes

  • PRESENTATION COPY OF HENRY MUSIC, edited by Nancy Cunard, and published for her Hours Press in an edition of only 100 copies, with settings by Henry Crowder (1890-1955), African-American jazz musician and Nancy's lover. Included are poems by Cunard herself ("Equatorial Way" dedicated to Henry, and "Memory Blues"), Samuel Beckett ("From the only Poet to a shining Whore"), Richard Aldington and Harold Acton. Man Ray designed the photomontage design on the covers, incorporating a portrait of Crowder, African sculptures and piles of Nancy Cunard's bangle collection.

    Provenance: Presented by Henry Crowder to Yvonne Kapp ("Bimbe"), warmly inscribed "...She is lovely, charming, sweet, beautiful. Of us, and with us." Kapp (1903-1999), best known as the biographer of Eleanor Marx, was at this time working for Paris Vogue. See Kapp, Time Will Tell. A Memoir, 2003, p.151.
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