London: Oxford University Press, 1944 - 1945 - 1946. Three volumes. Printed wrappers over stiff wrappers. Wrappers of first two volumes a bit darkened and rubbed at extremities with a bit of hand- soiling; a bit of foxing, more pronounced in the third volume, otherwise a very good set. Item #WRCLIT70781
First editions of the constituent elements of H.D.'s war-time trilogy. A very good association set, inscribed in the first two volumes by the author, and with a typed compliments slip laid into the third. The recipient, Viola Baxter Jordan, met H.D. early on as a consequence of her friendship with Ezra Pound, who she befriended at Hamilton College in 1905. Through much of the remainder of her life, Baxter remained a regular friendly correspondent with Pound, H.D., William Carlos Williams, and Bryher, as well as the extended Pound and Williams families. The first volume is inscribed on the half-title: "H.D. to Viola Jordan and Viola with love from Hilda. May 19 - 1944." The second volume is inscribed twice, first on the half-title ("to Viola with love & gratitude from Hilda. / --- we pause to give thanks --- April 17 - 1945") and again on the title ("H.D. to Viola Jordan"). The inscriptions are dated within the week of publication for both titles. BOUGHN A19.a.i.; A20a, and A21a.