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PAGANY  A NATIVE QUARTERLY by Pagany - 1933 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB (SKU: WRCLIT70862)


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Boston & Redding, 1933. Volume one number one through volume three, number four. Twelve issues. Printed wrappers. Wrappers of I:1 affected by old damp causing color bleed to prelims and terminal leaves (somewhat offset by a brief inscription from Johns above the copyright notice); small nick in spine of I:3; II:4 sunned at edges; wrappers of III:4 a bit damp marked at edges resulting in some color bleed to extreme margins of facing leaves, otherwise a very good set. Edited by Richard Johns. A complete run of this distinctive American periodical, among the very best of its era. In launching Pagany, Johns sought the support and editorial assistance of William Carlos Williams, inviting him to become a co-editor and contributor, and although Williams declined the former official function, he granted permission for Johns to use "Pagany" as the title of the magazine (derived from Williams's 1928 novel, A VOYAGE TO PAGANY) and contributed mightily, including the "manifesto" that opens the first issue. Johns provided an explanation of the magazine's title in the first issue: "Pagus is a broad term, meaning any sort of collection of peoples from the smallest district or village to the country as an inclusive whole. Taking America as pagus, any one of us as the paganus, the inhabitant, and our conceptions, our agreements and disagreements, our ideas, ideals, whatever we have to articulate is pagany, our expression." (A RETURN TO PAGANY, p.50). The roster of authors is remarkable: Williams (substantial sections of WHITE MULE appear herein), McAlmon, Rexroth, Macleod, Tyler, Ford, Zukofsky, Winters, Crosby, Butts, Munson, Caldwell, Stein, Seaver, Bynner, Imbs, Scott, J.Lewis, Blackmur, Hugnet, Halper, Carnevali, Roditi, Burke, Reznikoff, Atget, Dahlberg, Pound, Thoma, Aiken, Bunting, Cummings, Dos Passos, Loy, Abbott, Cheever, Cocteau, Fitts, Herbst, Porter, Rolfe, Toomer, Conroy, Farrell, Neagoe, et al. HOFFMAN, et al, p. 297.


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Since 1975, William Reese Company has served a large international clientele of collectors and private and public institutions in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts and in collection development.

With a catalogued inventory of over thirty thousand items, and a general inventory of over sixty-five thousand items, we are among the leading specialists in the fields of Americana and world travel, and maintain a large and eclectic inventory of literary first editions and antiquarian books of the 18th through 20th centuries.

We issue frequent, and substantial, catalogues in our fields of specialization.


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