Hope Mirrlees’s Paris

Paris a Poem. [With an afterword by Mike Tortorello].

[Olympia, Washington]: Printed by Mike Tortorello at Pegana Press, 2010 [but 2011].

Price: $1,000.00

About the item

One of 50 numbered copies, hand bound by Ars Obscura (Joel Radcliffe); from a total edition of 75 copies printed. Illustrated. Pp. [iv], 23, [24, blank]; [8] ff. 1 vols. Small folio. Hope Mirrlees’s Paris. Blue cloth over boards, upper cover with vignette. As New. Woolmer 5 (for first ed.); for Mirrlees, cf. Swanwick, Hope-in-the-Mist (2009).

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“A 600-line modernist poem, it describes the city recovering from the First World War, haunted by its dead, yet springing back to life as it hosts President Wilson and the peace conference delegates. Paris is written partly in English, partly in French, citing or reciting Métro station names, posters, shop signs, and memorial plaques. Highly allusive and typographically original, it has claims to be the missing link between French avant-garde poetry and Eliot's 'The Waste Land'" (ONDB).

Finely printed letterpress edition, in effect the second separate edition, the text in type facsimile of the original 1919 Hogarth Press edition produced by Virginia and Leonard Woolf.