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SMITH, C. Fox.

Rhymes of the Red Ensign.

Published: London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919

Stock code: 102799

Price: £125

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First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poems, many written from a nautical point of view. Cicely Fox Smith (1882-1954) was a prolific English poet who was, in later life, awarded a small pension by the Government for her services to literature. She had travelled extensively in Canada and was familiar with the life of the sea and of sailors. Her nautical poems published during and after the war made her often mistaken for a sailor – so much so that she once received a letter addressing her as “Captain Fox Smith”. When she replied explaining this error, the fan retorted defiantly: “You say you are not a master but you must be a practical seaman. I can always detect the hand of an amateur.” Quite a scarce title, with OCLC listing 23 copies in libraries worldwide.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front in red. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine a little faded, light rubbing to extremities, faint toning to endpapers, a very good copy indeed.

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