“And may my bronze name touch always her thousand fingers": Let Us Compare Mythologies; Signed by Leonard Cohen
Let Us Compare Mythologies.
Item Number: 85744
New York: Ecco Press, 2007.
Early printing of the 50th Anniversary edition of Cohen’s first book. Octavo, original boards, illustrated by Freda Guttman. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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).