A Shropshire Lad.London: Philip Lee Warner, The Medici Society, 1914 Stock Code: 142418
First Riccardi Press edition, number 116 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; a further 12 copies were printed on vellum. An attractive copy.
"Though not an instant success, the little volume gradually won a large audience through the universality of its dominant themes (nature, love, war, and death) and the directness of its language and rhythms. In a period of war, uneasy peace, and rapid social change, Housman was one of the most familiar and most highly regarded of the poets of his time. His celebration of landscapes and a rural life distinctively and traditionally English contributed to his poetry's appeal" (ODNB).
Quarto (220 x 155 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun (Riviere) in green morocco, titles and floral motifs in gilt direct to spine, single gilt ruling to boards and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
1 p. of publisher's advertisements at end.
The binding unfaded and firm, very occasional faint spotting, else internally clean and fresh; a near-fine copy.
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