The Persistence of Poetry. Witter Bynner.
The Persistence of Poetry
The Persistence of Poetry

The Persistence of Poetry

San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed by "The Brothers Johnson at The Windsor Press" 1929. Links, Julian. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 132 of 325 copies, quarto size, 39 pp., signed by Witter Bynner, with related ephemera. Near fine. Item #CNBR026

Witter Bynner (1881-1968) had a literary mind from his high school days and throughout college; while attending Harvard, he was the first member of his class invited to join the student literary magazine, "The Advocate", by its editor Wallace Stevens. He was a professor of Oral English for the Students' Army Training Corps at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1918, where he taught poetry after the War ended. In 1922 he and his partner, Robert Hunt, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they entertained artists and literary figures such as D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Carl Sandburg at their home. This work contains his thoughts on poetry, part of which appeared in the author's introduction to "The Jade Mountain" and a portion was printed in "The Dial" under the title "Poetry and Culture". With several pieces of ephemera laid in: a two-page, typewritten essay on the author (presumably by a student) which includes some lines of his poetry; magazine clipping showing a black and white photograph of Bynner, with the caption "He asked protection from grievous indignity"; and a short, single paragraph obituary clipped from a magazine, with the hand-written date of 1968 penned in.

___DESCRIPTION: Full burgundy cloth, lettering in gilt on backstrip, fore- and tail-edges uncut, decorations on title and opening page of text in red by Julian Links; handset Caslon type, mold made paper, quarto size (10 1/8" by 7 5/8"), pagination: [i-viii] [1] 2-29 [1 limitation page] [1 colophon], limited edition, number 132 of 325 copies, signed by the author, with the ephemera as described above loosely laid in.

___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright and complete, text block strong and square with solid hinges, covers are clean but with corners and head/tail of backstrip are slightly rubbed, but not so much as to fray the cloth; overall a near fine copy printed by Cecil and James Johnson of The Windsor Press for the BCC. The typed essay is good only, with folds and some edgewear, the two smaller clippings near fine.

___CITATION: BCC 100 no. 34.

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