Thirty-six Poems by Tu Fu

New York: Peter Blum Edition [printed at Wild Carrot], 1987. Marden, Brice. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 940 copies, octavo size, approx. [120] pp. Fine. Item #19050301

Writers during the San Francisco Renaissance and in the ensuing Beat movement were strongly influenced by Asian poets; Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982), considered by many to be the "Father of the Beats" (a title he himself disliked), not only emulated the themes and forms of Asian poetry, but also translated numerous Chinese poets, including many women writers. This collection of poems is by the Chinese poet Tu Fu (712-770), who wrote during the Tang Dynasty, and who, along with his friend and poet Li Po, is considered one of the greatest Chinese poets (n. b., info from Wikipedia).

The text of the poems is followed by reproductions of etchings by Minimalist artist Brice Marden (b. 1938), from his suite "Etchings to Rexroth"; Marden explores a simplicity of space with his painterly approach to etching, complementing the quiet observations of the poems.

___DESCRIPTION: Full light blue cloth, red lettering with white rules on the front board, red and white lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, light grey endpapers, title page in red and black, twenty-five reproductions of etchings by Brice Marden following the text; Arrighi and Romulus types printed letterpress, octavo size (9.75" by 7.25"), approximately 120 unnumbered pages, one of 940 copies, unnumbered.

___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the text block is strong with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the red stamping of one letter to the front board slightly faded, else fine.

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Price: $500.00

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