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36. Thirty-three Sonnets of Guido Cavalcanti, with art by Joseph Goldyne

Thirty-three Sonnets of Guido Cavalcanti, translated by Ezra Pound, with introductory essays by Hugh Kenner and by Lowry Nelson, Jr., who edited the Italian texts and prepared prose translations and commentaries, and with an etching in colors by Joseph Goldyne, 1991.

The poetry of Cavalcanti, a leading poet of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries and a close friend of Dante, was rescued from virtual obscurity by the great American poet Ezra Pound. Pound's esteem for the Italian poet led him to translate the poetry into English. The Arion edition provides four simultaneous, alternative means of comprehending the sonnets: the Pound translations; the original Italian; line-for-line prose translations; and commentaries. Professor Nelson introduces Cavalcanti's life and work, while Professor Kenner's introductory essay discusses Pound's career-long involvement with Cavalcanti. The etching by the well-known San Francisco-based artist Joseph Goldyne is entitled "Messager del core" (heart's messenger), from a sonnet by Guido Cavalcanti addressed to Dante Alighieri and featured in the book.

EDITION & PRICE

Format: 13-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches, 88 pages. The types are Monotype and hand-set Centaur roman, and Arrighi italic. The paper is handmade Umbria from the Fabriano Mill of Italy. The etching was printed à la poupée; the intaglio proofing done at the Katherine Bradner studio in San Francisco, the editioning by R. E. Townsend, Inc. of Georgetown, Massachusetts. The binding is handsewn over linen tapes with silk headbands, tan goatskin spine, gold-stamped title, green cloth sides. Signed by the artist. Edition of 150 copies, $650.00. Out of print.

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Binding with leather spine, cloth over boards, and handsewn headbands.

Binding with leather spine, cloth over boards, and handsewn headbands.

Pages showing poetic and scholarly translations, Italian text, and commentary.

Pages showing poetic and scholarly translations, Italian text, and commentary.


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Edition: The format is 13-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches, 88 pages. The binding is handsewn over linen tapes, tan goatskin spine, green cloth sides. Signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 150 copies for sale. Price: $650. Out of print.* (see note)