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Alamein to Zem Zem.

Published: London: Editions Poetry, 1946

Stock code: 108182

Price: £275

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First edition, first impression, of this “classic account of desert warfare” (Reilly); it concludes with 16 poems. “Douglas commanded a tank troop in the main assault on the Normandy beaches, and his death outside the village of St Pierre, on 9 June 1944, robbed English literature – as had Owen’s death in 1918 – of the most individual and accomplished poet of his generation” (John Stallworthy in ODNB).

Square octavo. Original grey boards, orange cloth spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Colour frontispiece, 2 colourplates, line drawings in the text, by Keith Douglas. Spine of binding sunned, price-clipped jacket toned and a little foxed, paper toned (as is customary), one leaf chipped at margin.

Bibliography: Reilly, English Poetry of the Second World War, p. 106.

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