Cape Editions

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The Cape Editions are a selection of short books, frequently in translation, issued by UK publisher Jonathan Cape from 1967–1971.

The collection has been described as "the remarkable Cape Editions series of seminal modern texts: poetry, prose, anthropology, drama, many of them pioneering translations".[1]

The general editor of the series was professor and poet Nathaniel Tarn.[1]

Cape Editions[edit]

# Title Author Year Original title
or source
Cape year Translator SBN / ISBN
1 The Scope of Anthropology Claude Lévi-Strauss after 1950  ? 1967 Sherry Ortner Paul, Robert A. Paul [2] S: SBN
H: SBN
2 Call Me Ishmael Charles Olson 1947 S: SBN
H: SBN
3 Writing Degree Zero Roland Barthes 1953 Le Degré zéro de l'écriture 1967 Annette Lavers, Colin Smith S: SBN
H: SBN
4 Elements of Semiology Roland Barthes 1964 Éléments de sémiologie S: SBN
H: SBN
5 I Wanted to Write a Poem William Carlos Williams 1958 S: SBN
H: SBN
6 The Memorandum Václav Havel 1965 Vyrozumění 1967 [3] Vera Blackwell S: SBN
H: SBN
7 Selected Poems Nazim Hikmet 20th c.  ? 1967 [4] Taner Baybars S: SBN
H: SBN
8 Aphorisms & Letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 18th c.  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
9 Tango Slavomir Mrozek 1964 Tango S: SBN
H: SBN
10 On Love ... Aspects of a Single Theme José Ortega y Gasset 20th c.  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
11 Manhood Michel Leiris 1939 L’Âge d’homme S: SBN
H: SBN
12 Bees: Their Vision, Chemical Senses, and Language Karl von Frisch 20th c.  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
13 Lunar Caustic Malcolm Lowry 1968 1968 S: SBN
H: SBN
14 Twenty Prose Poems Charles Baudelaire 1869? possibly selections from Le Spleen de Paris S: SBN
H: SBN
15 Journeys Günter Eich 20th c.  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
16 A Close Watch on the Trains Bohumil Hrabal 1965 Ostře sledované vlaky S: SBN
H: SBN
17 Mayan Letters Charles Olson 1953 [5] 1968 Robert Creeley (ed.) [6] S: SBN
H: SBN
18 The Courtship Habits of the Great Crested Grebe Julian Huxley 1914 S: SBN
H: SBN
19 The Supermale Alfred Jarry 1902 Le Surmâle S: SBN
H: SBN
20 Poems & Antipoems Nicanor Parra 1954 Poemas y antipoemas S: SBN
H: SBN
21 In Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali Various  ?  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
22 History Will Absolve Me Fidel Castro 1953 La historia me absolverá S: SBN
H: SBN
23 Selected Poems Georg Trakl after 1912  ? 1968 Robert Grenier et al, Christopher Middleton (ed.) S: SBN
H: SBN
24 Selected Poems Yves Bonnefoy after 1945  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
25 Ferdinand Louis Zukofsky 1968 S: SBN
H: SBN
26 The Recluse Adalbert Stifter 19th c.  ? S: SBN
H: SBN
27 Dialectical Materialism Henri Lefebvre 1940 Le Matérialisme dialectique S: SBN
H: SBN
28 Missing from the available listing S: SBN
H: SBN
29 Soul on Ice Eldridge Cleaver 1968 S: SBN
H: SBN
30 The Human Sciences and Philosophy Lucien Goldmann 1966 Sciences humaines et philosophie S: SBN
H: SBN
31 Selected Poems André Breton 20th c.  ? 1969 S: SBN
H: SBN
32 Soap Francis Ponge 1967 Le Savon 1969 [7] Lane Dunlop S: SBN
H: SBN
33 Histoire extraordinaire:
Essay on a dream of Baudelaire's
Michel Butor 1961 Histoire extraordinaire :
essai sur un rêve de Baudelaire
1969 [8] Richard Howard S: SBN
H: ISBN 0-224-61664-1
34 Conversations with Claude Lévi-Strauss Georges Charbonnier 1961 Entretiens avec Claude Lévi-Strauss S: SBN
H: SBN
35 An Absence Uwe Johnson 1964 Eine Reise wegwohin S: SBN
H: SBN
36 A Critique of Pure Tolerance Robert Paul Wolff, Barrington Moore Jr., Herbert Marcuse 1965 S: SBN
H: SBN
37 The Garden Party Václav Havel 1963 Zahradní slavnost S: SBN
H: SBN
38 Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Pablo Neruda 1924 Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada 1969 [9] W. S. Merwin S: SBN
H: ISBN 0-224-61725-7
39 Genesis as Myth and Other Essays Edmund Leach 1969 1969 [10] S: SBN
H: SBN
40 Cold Mountain Han-Shan 9th c.  ? 1970 Burton Watson S: SBN
H: SBN
41 The World, the Flesh and the Devil J. D. Bernal 1929 1970 [11] S: SBN
H: ISBN 0-224-61831-8
42 The Death of Lysanda Yitzhak Orpaz 1964 מות ליסאנדה 1970 Richard Flint S: SBN 224 61873 3
H: SBN 224 61874 1

Later additions[edit]

# Title Author Year Original title
or source
Cape year Translator SBN / ISBN
46 Poems [12] Hermann Hesse 1953 (original copyright)/1970 (translated by James Wright)  ? 1971 James Wright S: ISBN
H: ISBN 0-224-00554-5

Sources[edit]

A listing of the titles appears in The Death of Lysanda, Yitzhak Orpaz (p. 110).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shearsman Books: Nathaniel Tarn Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  2. ^ British Library System number 002152956, Cape editions. no. 1. 53 p. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ British Library System number 001619788, 112 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ British Library System number 001681277. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  5. ^ British Library System number 002707613, Palma de Mallorca: Divers Press, 1953. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  6. ^ British Library System number 004074757, 91 p. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  7. ^ British Library System number 002954015, 100 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  8. ^ British Library System number 000553755, 174 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  9. ^ British Library System number 010950789, 69 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  10. ^ British Library System number 002098935, 124 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  11. ^ British Library System number 000291550, 76 p. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  12. ^ Poems (Cape Editions), Hermann Hesse; Translator-J. Wright at AbeBooks.com. Retrieved 2011-06-28.