Early in his career, Ezra Pound undertook the translation of a number of Tang Dynasty era Chinese poems. Originally published in 1915, Cathay is one of Pound’s earliest collections of translated poetry. This edition of the book contains Pound’s translations of eighteen poems most of which were written by Li Po, an 8th century poet known for his conversational poems about everyday life. Also included are seven hors texte color woodblock prints created by renowned painter Francesco Clemente. Like Pound before him, Clemente’s travels and his knowledge of the arts of other cultures have been a foundation and an inspiration for his own work, and his sensitive prints resonate harmoniously with the poetry.
This hardbound book features handmade Japanese Ogawashi paper and is covered in blue Japanese linen with a matching slipcase. The pages of the book are printed on only one side and folded over at the fore edge in the Eastern style of bookmaking.
This copy is number 67 out of 300 and is signed by the artist at the colophon.