For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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Hit & Run Press, Lafayette, California, 1994, Stated First Edition, inscribed, dated and SIGNED by author on the half title page, "To X / with thanks for your hospitality/ Peter McSloy/ Kerry, 1996". Colophon states that the book "was printed in an original edition of 1,000 copies: 100, bound in leather, numbered and signed by poet & artist; 200 in cloth; 700 in paperback" with half of the edition designated for the U.S., the other half for the U.K. Each of the twenty one sonnets is illustrated by Nina Mera's evocative lino cuts and attempts to capture the essence of jazz greats like Ellington, Armstrong, Monk and Billie Holiday but also the undersung like Joe Venuti, Slim Gaillard and Freddy Green. In his introduction, the gifted jazz writer Ted Gioia notes, "Jazz music and poetry are two of my most passionate interests. Yet attempts to merge the two usually leave me unmoved...but the jazz sonnets gathered here are another thing entirely. Our poet has penetrated deeply into the jazz art , guiding us to the telling details and...ecstasies of that world". In original pictorial wraps, near fine, very slightly creased at front fore corners of text block, minimal edge wear, A second gift inscription, presumably by the dedicatee, also appears on the half title page. Signed copies are scarce, particularly in the paperback edition. J485

For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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For Jazz: 21 Sonnets By Peter McSloy  [SIGNED]
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