Whoroscope. Paris: The Hours Press,1930. One of 100 Copies, Signed by Samuel Beckett [#45]. With the orriginal wraparound band, announcing this work to have been awarded a £10 prize for having been the best poem on Time in a competition judged by Richard Aldington and Nancy Cunard. A fine copy. Housed in attractive quarter calf clam shell box. The author's first separately published work - he had earlier contributed to 'Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of 'Work in Progress.' Ninety-eight line poem, followed by two pages of notes. Based according to Beckett on Adrien Baillet's late 17th-century life of Descartes, was awarded the 10 prize for the best poem on Time in a competition organized by
Nancy Cunard's The Hours Press. As Beckett recollected in a letter to Cunard, 26 January 1959: ' Whoroscope was indeed entered for your
competition and the prize of I think 1000 francs. I knew nothing about it till afternoon of last day of entry, wrote first half before dinner, had a guzzle of salad and Chambertin at the Cochon de Lait, went back to the Ecole and finished it about three in the morning. Then I walked down to the Rue Guenegaud [the office of The Hours Press] and put it in your box. That's how it was and them were the days.'The question mark after 'Who's' on page 2, line 8, has been erased by a previous owner. This question mark denotes the first state of the book. It was subsequently dropped, though the sheets were bound up indiscriminately and first or second states can have any number from 1 to 300.