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RIDING, Laura, & Robert Graves.


A Critical Summary.

Published: Deyá, Majorca, & London: the Seizin Press, & Constable & Co Ltd, 1935-7

Stock code: 108971

Price: £475

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First editions, all published of Riding and Graves’s journal of poetry and criticism, with contributions by various members of Riding’s Deyá circle, the “arbitrary array of individuals”, in large part retired English expatriates, whom she adopted and encouraged to write, and “who provided an eccentric and – given her particular gifts as a salon impresario – far more fertile milieu than she might of found had she remained in London” (Baker, In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, p. 318). Riding’s influence on Graves was profound: soon after meeting “he had soon come to depend upon her not only as lover, companion, critic, and mentor … but also as a unique source of ultimate wisdom” (ODNB). The couple decamped to Majorca in 1929, though by the time the Spanish Civil War forced them to leave for mainland Europe and eventually America, Riding had long been disenchanted with Graves and in 1939 left him to marry Schuyler Jackson; Epilogue was informally completed by Riding’s The World and Ourselves (1938), to which Graves contributed a brief letter though played no editorial role.

3 volumes, octavo. Original buff (vol. 1), green (2) and red (3) paper boards, titles to spines in black, front boards with titles and wood-engraved vignette in black. 8 half-tone plates. Spines sunned, extremities lightly bumped in places, contents toned, vol. 1 rear board slightly marked and with small dent to spine, vol. 2 with surface-splitting to joints repaired with adhesive, loss to head of spine and boards sunned towards edges, vol. 3 with scattered pencilled annotations, a very good set.

Bibliography: Higginson B22, 24 & 25.

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