RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE BRIDGE, INSCRIBED AND DATED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY HART CRANE TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND, ARTIST CHARMION VON WIEGAND
CRANE, Hart. Bridge. New York, 1930.
First American edition of Crane’s monumental work, The Bridge, an extraordinary presentation copy with an especially memorable association inscribed by Crane to his close friend, Charmion von Wiegand, a “leading mid-20th-century Geometric Abstract painter,” who was key in aiding Crane’s artistic vision for publication of The Bridge. Crane warmly inscribed this copy in the year of publication with two lines from this work’s “Powhatan’s Daughter”: “For Charmion—Time like a serpent down her shoulder, dark, And space, an eaglet’s wing, laid on her hair. With enduring affection from Hart June ‘30,” scarce in original dust jacket with photogravure of the Brooklyn Bridge from a photograph by Walker Evans. $35,000.