Rome: Privately printed, 1954. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches; 215 x 160 mm), 12 pages, in brown stapled wrappers. Transcript of a Vatican Radio broadcast by Portuguese poet and academic José V. de Piña Martins appealing for the release of Ezra Pound from incarceration in the United States. Piña Martins, using the pseudonym Duarte de Montalegre, maintains that Pound is not anti-American or anti-Semitic. Vatican Radio broadcast the talk on March 30, 1954, while Italian Radio rebroadcast it later that evening. "A sustained campaign of articles, editorials, and letters followed in the Italian press," according to Pound's biographer, A. David Moody. "Many of these articles were aimed at, or were brought to the attention of, Clare Boothe Luce, the American ambassador in Rome, who would as a matter of course pass them on to the State Department in Washington." (See A. David Moody, Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Vol. III, page 337). Pound's friend and correspondent, Olivia Rossetti Agresti, translated the talk into English for this publication. She was active in the international campaign to free Pound, which culminated in his release from a mental hospital in 1958. Foreword by Leo Magnino. This pamphlet is scarce. While OCLC shows about two dozen institutional holdings, there were no other copies in commerce as of February 9, 2020. SCARCE. Item #2167
CONDITION: Some sunning to wrapper edges, light vertical creases to wrappers and internal pages. Overall, a Very Good or better copy.