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Blast edited by Wyndham Lewis 1st / 1st 1914


First and only issue published on 20th June 1914 by John Lane. This copy is in very good + condition. There is foxing along the textblock and to the first and last 10 or so pages. The bright pink wrappers are very much in tact and are the originals with no restoration work at all. The spine is missing around an inch from the top and minor chipping at the bottom. The back panel has two small areas of loss (see photo). The wrappers are remarkably well preserved and the binding tight. All pages are in place as are all of the plates and woodcut. It is overall in a very good + collectable condition and has not been restored at all. A scarce copy thus. 


The 'Vorticists' including Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound produced their journal BLAST, in June 1914 just before the beginning of the First World War. Its radical intention was immediately evident when it first appeared. It has an extraordinarily bright pink colour with the title BLAST written across the cover in huge, bold, black letters.  The first section of the journal starts with a sequence of twenty-odd pages which are presented like a manifesto. Each page has a dramatic piece of graphic design, in which the editors ‘Blast’ and ‘Bless’ different things - often these are the same things. It is sardonic and humorous to read, but has a great vitriolic tone as well. One of the other items included in BLAST is Lewis ‘s play called ‘Enemy and the Stars’ and poetry by Pound. A scarce copy