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The City of Refuge and Other Poems.

Published: Dublin & London: Maunsel and Co., Ltd., 1917

Stock code: 52228

Price: £150

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First edition, first impression, of the author’s first book. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper “To my first American reader, Lewis Chase, with my friendship and thanks, Richard Rowley, April 1918”. Rowley was an Ulster poet and publisher (1877-1947): “as a Maunsel poet, Rowley joins a number of other authors from Northern Ireland and has been characterized as the first ‘by an Ulsterman to achieve a really wide popularity’. Rowley’s two titles for Maunsel – The City of Refuge and Other Poems (1917) and City Songs (1918) – distinguish themselves by being distinctly urban and Northern in nature” (David Gardiner, The Maunsel Poets: 1905-1926, 2003, p. 22). Lewis Chase was a teacher and Poe scholar, author of the respected Poe and His Poetry (London: Harrap, 1913).

Octavo. Original white cloth backed grey boards, printed paper label to spine. Binding rubbed and tanned with dampstain to the upper panel, spine label chipped affecting text, endpapers tanned, contents toned with a little spotting. A good copy.

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