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MACGILL, Patrick.

Soldier Songs.

Published: New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1917

Stock code: 105371

Price: £325

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First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as “the Navvy Poet”, who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill’s Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the same year as this edition. This copy bears the ownership inscription, in pencil to the front pastedown, of a “P. R. Minahan”, with three dated locations, “Fort Riley, Kaw, Feb. 1. 1918, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, May 9, 1918, Eberts Field, Lonoke, Ark, July, 17, 1918”, dotting his way between US army bases during the First World War. Dr. Patrick Robert Minahan (1875-1953), of Wisconsin, received a degree in Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1898, and was a Captain in the Medical Reserve Corps during the First World War. Clearly, from the name, of Irish ancestry himself like MacGill, he also had some poetic pretensions of his own, composing the words to “Going on an Over: War Song” in 1917, and a collection entitled Poems from the Annals of Esmond in 1948.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and front in black. With the dust jacket. Slight rubbing and discolouration along board edges, partial offset toning from an absent clipping at rear endpapers, otherwise an excellent copy, sound and fresh, with the dust jacket slightly tanned and bearing small chips to ends and corners, and some small chipped holes to rear panel near spine.

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