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The Structure of Rime by Robert Duncan, Art by Frank Lobdell, Arion Press, 13 of 275



The Structure of Rime by Robert Duncan

Illustrated with Abstract Etchings by Frank Lobdell

Includes Separate Etching with Aquatint, Signed and Numbered by Frank Lobdell

Arion Press, 1981, Limited Edition, 13 of 275

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a limited edition of “The Structure of Rime” published by the Arion Press in 2008 with a limitation of 275 copies with this being number 13. From the publisher, “The Structure of Rime brings together for the first time all of the prose-poems in this acclaimed series by San Francisco poet Robert Duncan. The book is augmented with three etchings by California artist Frank Lobdell, who knew the author, as well as two photographic portraits of Duncan. Robert Duncan (1919-1988) was one of the most influential American poets of the second half of the twentieth century. Two of his major works were large serial poems entitled Structure of Rime and Passages. He numbered each sequence, publishing them in magazines as they were written, and then inserting them into his books of poetry, collections covering distinct chronological periods. A collected edition of The Structure of Rime never appeared, probably because Duncan did not want to close off the possibility that he might compose more poems in that series and preferred to keep them in the train of his poetry as a whole. The Structure of Rime is an extended discussion and demonstration of Duncan’s poetics, his principles of prosody, his belief in the open form, and in content unconstrained. Twenty years after Duncan’s death, the Arion Press is publishing for the first time together the thirty-one poems of the series that appeared during Duncan’s lifetime, plus one published posthumously in the year of his death, and six first published now.”

The book is accompanied by Frank Lobdell’s abstract etchings with aquatint. Lobdell is one of America's premier postwar abstract painters; he is of the same generation as Duncan and they traveled in the same artistic milieu of the Bay Area, sharing interests in modernism and surrealism.

Two black and white etchings by Lobdell are inset into windows on the front and back covers of the book. The prints, variations on similar elements, measure 5-5/16 by 4-1/16 inches, and have been printed by Robert Townsend, at R. E. Townsend, Inc., in Georgetown, Massachusetts. In addition, each copy comes with a separate black-and-white etching with aquatint, signed and numbered by the artist, presented in a folder. The extra print was editioned by David Kelso at his intaglio studio, in Oakland, California. The print is suitable for framing.

Accompanying the book and print is the original prospectus.

The book and print are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

A composite stock publisher’s photograph of the book and a representative separate print appears in the photo section of the listing.

About the Arion Press

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."