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GRAVES, Robert, & Laura Riding.


Published: [Deyá, Majorca], Privately printed, 1935

Stock code: 100400

Price: £2,250

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First editions, first impressions, of this rare periodical privately printed by Robert Graves and Laura Riding between January and December 1935; the only sets listed by Copac in British and Irish institutional libraries are at Leicester University (incomplete, parts II and III only)’ Oxford, and the British Library (a presentation set from Graves); OCLC adds a further 15 in varying degrees of completeness. “Throughout 1935, when Robert Graves and Laura Riding were almost wholly occupied with the lists of projects they envisioned being produced by the Seizin Press… they began a project they called Focus, which has been referred to as a “newsletter” of the circle of friends most closely associated with Riding and Graves, and who filtered in and out of Deyá for regular visits… [it] contained some very interesting poetry, and contains many short essays” (John Woodrow Presley, Focus: An Extended Bibliographical Description, Robert Graves Critical Studies 273).

4 parts (all published), octavo. Original printed wrappers. Scattered foxing (particularly to part III) and some pale dampstaining to covers of parts III and IV, overall an excellent set.

Bibliography: Higginson, Robert Graves, C290A-G.

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