Shine, Perishing Republic

San Francisco: James Linden, Publisher, 1987. Mundy, Michael. Limited Edition. No binding. One of 100 copies, the loose sheets and photographs in a solander box, the photographs signed by Michael Mundy, with the prospectus signed by James Linden. Fine. Item #20110904

American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) was a prolific writer of the twentieth century; his bleak and uncompromising style of poetry was formed through his philosophy of "inhumanism", which focused on a rejection of emotion and man, in favour of nature and other creatures in the universe.

This poem, "Shine, Perishing Republic" is at once both fatalistic and hopeful. It speaks of Jeffers' "concern for democracy" (originally written between the world wars) while at the same time accepting that the decline of such is inevitable, and part of the natural order found in all things: as Robert Brophy says in his introductory essay, "All that exists must go through successive stages of birth, maturity, decline, and death."

The photographic artist, Michael Mundy, has perfectly captured the spirit of Jeffers' poetry with the four black-and-white photographs prepared specially for this edition. They represent the cycle of which Jeffers speaks: birth, life, decline, and death.

Uncommon in the marketplace, with only one other copy online as of this writing.

___DESCRIPTION: Five separate sheets comprising the title, dedication, introduction, sectional title and the poem itself (all printed on the recto only), the five printed sheets unpaginated, Centaur and Bembo types on Italian mouldmade Magnani Incisioni paper; these followed by the four photographs each protected by glassine, the four photographs entitled: "Roses - Marin County", "Petroglyphs - Owens Valley", "Graffiti - Los Angeles", and "Death Valley - Mahogany Flats", with all four titled, dated and signed by the artist in pencil, archivally presented on acid-free mounting board; all folio size (14" by 11"). Encased in a solander box covered in navy blue imported Bamberger Iris linen, the title debossed in silver on the front, parchment spine with black lettering. Loosely laid in is the prospectus, a single sheet measuring 8.5" by 5.5", printed on one side only and signed in pencil by the publisher, James Linden.

___CONDITION: Fine, the sheets, photographs, and box all clean and without wear, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; we acquired this item directly from the publisher and it is as new.

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Price: $750.00

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