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November 17, 2013 11:00AMCalender

Lewis, Wyndham (1882-1957) Fifteen Drawings

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2687B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 17, 2013 11:00AM


Lewis, Wyndham (1882-1957) Fifteen Drawings. London: The Ovid Press, [1919]. Folio, fifteen unbound plates (seven of which are in color) mounted on heavy gray wove mounts, each titled in French and English, and stamped with the emblem of the Ovid Press, designed by Edward Wadsworth, portfolio with mounted color illustration by Lewis on front cover, colophon statement on the interior of the front cover, written in ink in John Rodker's hand: "250 Copies/ This is No. 16;" portfolio slightly soiled, slightly chipped at extremities, 16 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.
This is the second of Lewis's three portfolios, the last was published in 1932. Fifteen Drawings is the rarest, according to Rodker, no more than 50 copies having actually been issued. Copies vary in the selection of the plate used for the cover ("Nude I" in this case), and, as noted by Pound and Grover, plates in the portfolios are sometimes matched with the wrong mounts (here two different compositions are tipped onto mounts for "Nude III"). The subjects include a famous portrait of Ezra Pound, and two other Heads, four nude studies, two drawings for 'Timon of Athens,' "Blue Nudes," "Group," "Pole-Jump," "Post-Jazz," "Reading Room, British Museum," and "Seraglio."
Estimate $3,000-4,000

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John Rodker, Ovid Press, Wyndham, London, Edward Wadsworth, Ezra Pound, Athens