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GRAVES, Robert.

Goliath and David.

Published: London: Chiswick Press, [1916]

Stock code: 109934

Price: £3,250

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First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Graves’s father to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: “Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers.” At the time of publication, February 1917, Graves was recuperating from bronchitis, first at Somerville College, Oxford, and then at Harlech, where he wrote to Sassoon, who had helped him edit and distribute the book, on 26 March 1917: “Dear old Sassons, please forgive my not writing: it has been one of the worst symptoms of my late collapse that I haven’t been able to make up my mind to start or finish the most pressing things, and the correspondence about Goliath and David has been most exacting.” At the start of the First World War, Newbolt and other leading British writers were recruited into the War Propaganda Bureau (WPB), which was formed to help maintain public opinion in favour of the war effort. Two hundred copies of this early privately printed work, the author’s second publication, were produced in late 1916 and distributed early in 1917.

Octavo, pp. 20. Original plain red wrappers. Wrappers a little creased and faded to edges, a few faint spots to contents. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Higginson & Williams A2.

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