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HOUSMAN, A. E.

A Shropshire Lad.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. Ltd, 1896

Stock Code: 133592

£6,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first issue (state A, with the word "Shropshire" on the paper spine label measuring 33 mm wide, one of 250 copies thus), of Housman's influential poetry collection. The entire first printing, made at Housman's expense after Macmillan rejected the book, consisted of 500 sets of sheets, of which 250 were bound for this first issue, 150 were exported to the US for sale with an 1897 title page, and 100 bound up slightly later in a second state binding, also for the UK.
"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).
This is the copy of the great American actor John Barrymore (1882-1942), with his bookplate to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo. Original japon-backed paper boards, paper spine label printed in red, edges untrimmed. Housed in a custom grey cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

Title page printed in red and black.

Condition

Label and endpapers toned, else a near-fine copy.

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