Blast in 2 Volumes by Wyndham Lewis, 1st/1st, 1914-15
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1914-15). First edition. The first, 1914 volume, is in very good condition. The bold front cover, referred to by Ezra Pound as “great magenta covered opusculus”, with the block title, is in unrestored and complete condition. The spine is fragile and brittle. This aside, the spine is intact. All pages are present. There is light foxing throughout the pages, but less than is usually found. The second volume, published July 1915, is notably more intact than the first. The front cover, with the Wyndham Lewis cubist illustration, has a professional repair to the reverse of the front cover. The spine, albeit creased, is tight and secure. Overall, these are two incredibly rare copies, and they are in a complete and very good condition. They are housed in a smart custom-made box. A Modernist publication, and what was intended to be the official journal of English Vorticists, a modernist movement in art and poetry founded by Lewis the same year. Inspired by a combination of Cubism, Futurism and Dynamism, Vorticism was promoted with the aim of creating art that expressed the dynamism of the modern world, with its founders ' blasting what they considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic'. There are contributions from Ezra Pound, William Roberts, Rebecca West and Ford Madox Ford who included an extract of a story that would go on to be known as ‘The Good Soldier’. Very rare as a set and in this condition.