Item #124715 Odes and Sonnets. Clark Ashton Smith.

Odes and Sonnets.

1918. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1918.

Slim 4to. 30 pages .Blue-grey boards, tan muslin backstrip with printed paper label. Very good copy of a fragile book, hard to find in acceptable condition. Bookplate of Rosa Walter Meertief.

§ First edition, copy #242 of 300 copies. Smith's very scarce second book, with a preface by George Sterling. "Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was an American writer and artist. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Joaquin Miller, Sterling, and Nora May French, and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn." Smith's work was praised by his contemporaries. H. P. Lovecraft stated that "in sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Clark Ashton Smith is perhaps unexcelled," and Ray Bradbury said that Smith "filled my mind with incredible worlds, impossibly beautiful cities, and still more fantastic creatures." (Wikipedia) Rosa Walter (Meertief) was a member of the Jewish aristocracy of San Francisco. Item #124715

Price: $500.00

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