Lustra - Ezra Pound 1916 - Elkin Mathews, London - First Editon ‘From this struggle there emerged the short, perfectly worded free-verse poems in Lustra. In his poetry Pound was now able to deal efficiently with a whole range of human activities and emotions, without raising his voice. The movement of the words and the images they create are no longer the secondhand borrowings of youth or apprenticeship but seem to belong to the observing intelligence that conjures up the particular work in hand. Many of the Lustra poems are remarkable for perfectly paced endings:

Nor has life in it aught better
Than this hour of clear coolness,
the hour of waking together.

– Noel Stock,

‘An active organiser rather than an introvert like Eliot, Pound had written half a dozen books by 1916.
Lustra, apart from some troubadour poems, is mostly a collection of arrogant epigrams and light-hearted Catullus-like lyrics in imagist-fantasist style.’ – Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement.

With photogravure frontispiece portrait by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Included in this volume are such poems as
Les Millwin, Exile's Letter, The Bellaires, Villanelle: the Psychological Hour, The Social Order, Near Perigord, To a Friend Writing on Cabaret Dancers, and many others.
  First edition, one of approximately 800 copies, issued simultaneously with a limited edition of 200 with Pound’s red seal and an additional nine poems. Both were bound in the same cloth.

Reference: Cyril Connolly,
The Modern Movement,35a. Gallup A11b.

Octavo (20.7 x 15 cm) pp. 116. In publisher’s straw coloured buckram, with lettering to spine and front board blocked in dark blue, and publishers details in blind to rear board. Small booksellers plate to front pastedown.
  Condition: Near fine, three small areas of abrasion to spine, toning and little foxing to endpapers.   Ref: 109068   Price: HK$ 3,000