THOUGH the British Library holdings of early Cavafy literature are meagre, the Library has recently had the good fortune to acquire, by donation, a copy of G.Vrisimitzakes, (To ergo tou K. P. Kavaphe, 'The Work of C.. P. Cavafy'). Published in Alexandria in 1917, this slim and unassuming volume constitutes a milestone in Cavafy studies. It was the first publication of Cavafy's poetry in book form attempting to give Cavafy's poetry, which had up till then been known to only a very limited circle of his friends, a wider circulation. It joins the Library's other major Cavafy rarities, two of the poet's collections of broadsheets of his poems which he circulated between 1917 and 1920.
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