Fairies and Fusiliers.
First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed, with the rare dust jacket, and an ALS from Graves laid in discussing the book. Graves writes, “This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not due to merit, but to the extraordinarily heavy casualities among officers in trench-fighting. I have kept very few of these poems in my collected work; but one has to make a start somewhere and at least they were not imitative of my elders or contemporaries.” The letter is signed and dated 21 November 1956, and folded into an envelope to Fraser Drew, Professor of English at the State University College for Teacher, Buffalo, New York, with a Spanish stamp affixed to it. The book also bears the bookplate of R. N. Green-Armytage, who was doctor to Graves’ eldest daughter Jenny in the 1930s. Fairies and Fusiliers, Graves’ third book, is dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers and contains some of the author’s most memorable war poems.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. Spine slightly faded, tiny nicks to tips, mild partial toning to endpapers, otherwise clean and fresh, a smart copy in excellent condition, with a superb example of the dust jacket, a little spine-tanned, some loss at the head and smaller chips and closed tears to corners and edges.
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