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BLUNDEN, Edmund.

The Waggoner and other Poems.

Published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1920

Stock code: 70521

Price: £375

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First edition, second issue. Of an edition of 500, 250 copies were bound in purple cloth for immediate issue, 100 sets of sheets were sent to NY for Knopf’s American edition, and the remaining 150 bound up in green cloth later in 1920. Extremely uncommon in jacket in either issue. Blunden’s first trade publication, The Waggoner was issued with the encouragement and assistance of Siegfried Sassoon to whom Blunden had sent some of his work in his capacity as literary editor of the Daily Herald. The previous owner of this copy, Hamilton Fyfe, was a roving correspondent and an innovative editor, who reported from both fronts during the First World War. He was “sent to France in August 1914. Despite the difficulties imposed upon all journalists by the military censorship, within three weeks Fyfe secured a memorable success with his account of the retreat from Mons … In 1915 Fyfe was transferred from the western to the eastern front. He travelled from Petrograd through Galicia to Bucharest. Back in Russia in 1916, he reported Rasputin’s murder … ” (ODNB). In July 1918 he replaced H. G. Wells at Crewe House, Northcliffe’s propaganda HQ.

Octavo. Green cloth with paper spine label. With the dust jacket. Pencilled ownership inscription, partially erased, of the [Henry] Hamilton Fyfe at C[rewe] H[ouse], 1920. Slight crumpling head and tail of the spine, jacket a little rubbed and with corresponding chipping at spine ends and corners of the turn-ins, a very good copy.

Bibliography: Fitzpatrick A8

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