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LEE, Joseph.

Ballads of Battle.

With Illustrations by the Author.

Published: London: John Murray, 1916

Stock code: 102342

Price: £75

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First edition, first impression, a superb copy, of this first collection of First World War poems by Scottish poet Lance-Corporal Joseph Lee (1876-1949), 1st/4th Battalion Black Watch. Lee’s poem “The Green Grass” was acclaimed by John Buchan as “one of the best war poems in any language”. This copy has the library bookplate of Tarradale House, the mansion on the River Beauly, Inverness, Scotland, which later became the property of the University of Aberdeen, and was used as a reading haven for Highland scholars.

Octavo. Original red cloth backed grey boards, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in red. Plates after line drawings by the author. Tarradale House library bookplate from the University of Aberdeen, dated 1960, and withdrawal stamp, to front pastedown. Spine sunned, mild toning to endpapers, a superb copy in excellent condition.

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