POUND, Ezra. Gaudier-Brzeska. John Lane, London, 1916.
4to. Original green cloth, blind stamped with Gaudier design to upper board, gilt lettered to cover and spine; pp.168; some foxing and toning of the paper stock, mainly the half-title and 168, nevertheless a very good copy of a book often found faded.
A biography of the sculptor and artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, known for his strong influence on 20th century modernist sculpture despite dying in the trenches of the First World War at the age of 23. This biography was written by his contemporary Ezra Pound, with whom he became acquainted whist invested in the Vorticism movement formed by Wyndham Lewis. Pound was devastated at the loss of Gaudier-Brzeska to the war - the two were close. Pound owned a sculpture/bust of himself made by Gaudier, and Gaudier carried poetry translations by Pound on his person "to put courage in my fellows". According to Hugh Kenner, an authority on Pound, the poet wished to be buried next to Gaudier with the bust his friend made for him, but this never came to pass.
This book was printed in 1000 copies, but only around 450 copies (the true first issue) were bound at the time of printing, discernible by the stamped Gaudier design to their upper cover. The rest of the copies were bound and distributed as late as the 1930s, lacking this element.