1912, the first UK edition which preceded the US first, and including poems by Thomas E Hulme


Ezra Pound, and Thomas E Hulme


Stephen Swift and Co., Ltd, London, 1912

Printing Details

First edition, first impression. Hardback bound in the original streaked cloth with gilt titling to upper board. Pages untrimmed. 19.5 × 13cm, 64pp + 30pp publisher's ads.

Full title: Ripostes of Ezra Pound, whereto are appended the complete poetical works of T E Hulme, with prefatory note.

The first UK edition of Pound's Ripostes, published a year before the American first. Ripostes is the first collection in which Pound moves toward the economy of language and clarity of imagery of the Imagism movement, and was the first time he used the word "Imagiste." Of its 25 poems, "Salve Pontifex" had appeared in A Lume Spento, and eight others had appeared in magazines. The book includes Pound's interpretation of the Old English poem, "The Seafarer". The book also contains a prefatory note and five poems by Thomas Ernest Hulme, an English critic and poet who had a notable influence upon modernism. One of his poems included here is Autumn, first published in 1909 and was one of the first Imagist poems. He was killed in Flanders in 1917.


A good copy but with some faults. The book lacks the ffep, and has a previous owner's nameplate to the front pastedown. The spine is tanned, with a hint of tanning along the top edge of the boards. There is bumping to the bottom corners. However, the inner binding is secure and the pages are clean.



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