San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2008. Lobdell, Frank. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 78 of 301 copies, quarto size, 96 pp. Fine. Item #18052106
Robert Duncan (1919-1988) was one of the most influential American poets of the second half of the twentieth century. Two of his major works were large serial poems entitled "Structure of Rime" and "Passages". He numbered each sequence, publishing them in magazines as they were written, and then inserting them into his books of poetry, collections covering distinct chronological periods. A collected edition of "The Structure of Rime" never appeared, probably because Duncan did not want to close off the possibility that he might compose more poems in that series and preferred to keep them in the train of his poetry as a whole. Twenty years after Duncan's death, the Arion Press published for the first time together the thirty-one poems of the series that appeared during Duncan's lifetime, plus seven poems identified as "Structure of Rime" in his notebooks that he had not published, one published posthumously in a literary magazine in the year of his death, six first published in this volume (n. b., info from the Arion Press).
Frank Lobdell (1921-2013) was one of America's premier postwar abstract painters, he "maintains a spiritual engagement with his work, reinventing and recycling the ideas behind his imagery" (from the Press); in 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Design. The author and artist were friends, each greatly admiring the other's work; this volume, bringing together their poetry and art, is a wonderful testimonial to them both in a striking work by the inimitable Arion Press.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rust-coloured Japanese cloth over boards, grey paper spine label with black lettering, inset into the front and back boards are two black and white Lobdell aquatint etchings, fore- and bottom edges uncut, two black and white photographs of the poet bound in; type handset in Perpetua, printed on German mouldmade Zerkall Book Laid paper; quarto size (11.5" by 7.75"), pagination: [1-4] 5-9  11-95 [1 colophon]; limited edition of 275 plus 26 NFS, this number 78. The matching publisher's slipcase is covered in the same rust Japanese cloth with grey paper sides, grey paper spine label with black lettering.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; as new from the publisher. Housed in a fine slipcase, strong and sturdy, clean and without wear.
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