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Let Us Compare Mythologies. by  Leonard Cohen - Signed First Edition - 1956 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 101450)

Let Us Compare Mythologies.

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Let Us Compare Mythologies.

by Cohen, Leonard

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Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956. First edition of Cohen's first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45). When Leonard Cohen published his first book, Let Us Compare Mythologies, he had already received prestigious awards for his poetry, which, from the first, revealed his abiding interest "in mythology and magic... The first poem in Let Us Compare Mythologies, 'Elegy,'exhibits a number of characteristics which recur throughout his work: his almost magical control and modulation of verbal melody, his sensuous particularity, the empathetic reach of his imagination and his fascination with situations which mingle violence and tenderness to heighten the effect of both. We also see emerge for the first time the theme of the quest--here as usually in Cohen the quest for a lost or unknown God, mysterious, elusive, but compelling" (Pacey, Phenomenon of Leonard Cohen, 5-6). Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some small chips and wear.

Synopsis

Leonard Cohen ’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Gam e and Beautiful Losers , and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing . He has to date made seventeen albums, the latest being Dear Heather . Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Montreal. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
101450
Title
Let Us Compare Mythologies.
Author
Cohen, Leonard
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press
Place of Publication
Montreal
Date published
1956
Keywords
Let Us Compare Mythologies First Edition, Let Us Compare Mythologies Signed, Signed Leonard Cohen
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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