The most spectacular production of Bird's Three Mountains Press was
this lavish book, the first separate volume collecting Pound's series of
Cantos. Pound wrote to Kate Buss in May 1923 that it would be of "UNRIVALLED
magnificence," "one of the real bits of printing; modern book to be jacked
up to something near level of medieval mss. No Kelmscott mess of illegibility."
Limited to 90 copies, the scarcity factor of the Pound book was
further ratcheted up by issuing five copies on Japan paper, fifteen on
Whatman, and the remaining seventy on still a third paper variety, Roma,
with a special Ezra Pound watermark, affording multiple collecting opportunities for Pound's admirers and patrons.
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