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THOMAS, Edward. Poems.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 128257
OWEN, Wilfred. Poems.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and "Strange Meeting". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131130
OWEN. Wilfred. Poems.
New York : First edition, US issue, bound from the original UK sheets with the US cancel title page in the subsequent year. This slim volume is uncommon, especially in the jacket. The collection was promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death with the backing of Edith Sitwell. The work, which is often described as the greatest collection of First World... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 134273
PREWETT, Frank. Poems.
Richmond, London : First edition, first impression, of this notably uncommon edition, handset by Virginia Woolf for the Hogarth Press. The Canadian poet Frank James Prewett (1893-1962) surfaced as a poet of the First World War, meeting Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is his first published collection of verse and "contains many of the poet's finest trench... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139956
BROOKE, Rupert. Poems.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection, his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915 aboard a hospital ship, just... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 125916
SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket. This collection presents Sassoon's "savagely realistic and compassionate war poems" (Rupert Hart-Davis in ODNB), gathering 64 pieces, 12 of which appear in print for the first time here, the others having been published in two previous collections: The Old Huntsman (1917) and Counter-Attack (1918).... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 111246
MORRIS, Francis St Vincent. The Poems.
Oxford : 1917First and only edition of these World War One poems by a pilot of the Royal Flying Corps, who had enlisted during his first year at Wadham College, Oxford. His Poems were considered by contemporary reviewers to be among the best that the war had produced.
Provenance: ink ownership inscription of Douglas W. Ashby (1898-196?), dated 13 March 1918,... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 137348
BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.
London : 1919First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140298
SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.
London : 1919First edition, first impression. Collects a number of the author's best known war poems and much previously unpublished work. This in many ways is Sassoon's key poetical statement on the war. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 119624
DOWNEY, Thomas. Naval Poems. Pleasures of the Naval Life, and the Battle of Trafalgar.
1813First edition. Downey explains that he has written "The Pleasures of Naval Life" as a corrective to the "tone of querulous despondence" that underlies so much naval literature; "The Naval Life is NOT a series of privations, distresses, and affliction. It presents a variety of situations, the delights of which are heightened by contrast." The poem takes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 42970
BARING, Maurice. Collected Poems.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jeffrey indecipherable, from Maurice Baring, April 27, 1924." From the library of Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown; Hobson (1921-2014) was the director of Sotheby's and noted bibliophile. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 103489
[CROSLAND, T. W. H.] "X". War Poems.
London : 1916First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poetry by T. W. H. Crosland. Crosland is notable as a fanatical Christian homophobe, who helped the hysterical hypocrite Lord Alfred Douglas to hound the supporters of Oscar Wilde, such as Robert Ross and Arthur Ransom, in the courts. He ghost-wrote Douglas's memoir Oscar Wilde and... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 102971
BLUNDEN, Edmund. The Waggoner and other Poems.
London : 1920First edition, second issue. Of an edition of 500, 250 copies were bound in purple cloth for immediate issue, 100 sets of sheets were sent to NY for Knopf's American edition, and the remaining 150 bound up in green cloth later in 1920. Extremely uncommon in jacket in either issue. Blunden's first trade publication, The Waggoner was issued with the encouragement... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 70521
BROOKE, Rupert. [The Dead.]
[c.1917]A rare wartime issue of part of Rupert Brooke's best-known poems, "The Dead", printing on a large single sheet the first stanza, beginning "Blow out, you bugles... ". The sheet is signed below on two printed lines over the legend "War Command" Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer (1862-1935), recipient of the Victoria Cross and commander of the Tigris... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 127049
COCKERILL, Sir George. Love's Universe and the Calendar. Sonnet-Sequences.
1931First edition. This copy inscribed on the front pastedown: "To Elton Cockerill with every good wish from his uncle George, October 1934." Unusual, and seemingly self-published, sequence of highly-polished poems by a long-time intelligence officer, one of the most innovative thinkers in British intelligence in World War I, head of M. O. 5, inventor... Learn More£145.00
Stock Code: 59749
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Lovely copy of the collected theatrical works of this now largely forgotten, but once highly popular writer, exceptionally prettily bound and with an attractive provenance. Hayley is best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton.
Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
ROSENBERG, Isaac. Youth.
London : 1915First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British war poets, before his death... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 128186
BROOKE, Rupert. Works.
London : 1916-8First UK editions, first impressions. An attractively bound set of Brooke's works:
i) John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama first written by Brooke in 1911-2 for the fellowship at King's College, Cambridge, John Webster was first published in the US four days before its UK publication.
ii) Letters from America the first US edition was published... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 121533
[SPENCE, Dermot Chesson.] KORRAGH. I Sang for my Suppers.
Sheffield : 1942First edition, first printing. Korragh is the pseudonym of author Dermot Spence, who wrote this collection of war poems to answer "the inevitable question: What did you do in the Great War, Daddy... ?" An uncommon work with two copies traced on OCLC. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 118947
ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
London : 1804First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes of "Genius, Loyalty, and Patriotism"... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129967
STEWART, Robert. Prison Rhymes:
[Perth] : First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139823
OWEN, Wilfred. Mapping Golgotha.
Wales : 2007First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies only, Jeremy Hooker's own copy with "Editor's copy" instead of a number written on the limitation page. This is a handsomely bound selection of Owen's letters and poems, mostly written and completed between 1917 and 1918, before the author was killed in action in November 1918. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 137877
WILSON, T. P. Cameron. Magpies in Picardy.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, in the very scarce dust jacket designed by Claude Lovat Fraser. A poignant copy, with a laid-in note inscribed by Wilson's bereaved parents in pencil to the Vicar of Tunbridge Wells: "Rev: J. F. A. Wicksteed with all good wishes from A. F. & T. Cameron Wilson, Paignton". The poet, Captain Theodore Percival Cameron Wilson... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 114792
(WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.
Paris : 1915-16First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
ROSENBERG, Isaac. The Collected Works.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket. "Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different: more impersonal, informal, ironic, and lacking the indignation characteristic of the work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon", who provides the foreword... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134117
MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.
New York : 1917First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as "the Navvy Poet", who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill's Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the same year as this edition.... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 105371
DRINKWATER, John. Tides.
London : 1917First trade edition, first impression, the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title verso "To Sir Ian Hamilton from John Drinkwater 1917". Drinkwater dedicates the book to General Sir Ian Hamilton with the dedicatory stanza "because the darling chivalries, / that light your battle-line, belong / to music's heart no less than these,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134237
GRAVES, Robert. Fairies and Fusiliers.
London : 1917First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not due to merit, but to the extraordinarily... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 96758
PEAKE, Frederick Gerard, El Fariq. A History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes.
Amman : 1934First edition, extremely uncommon, just eight locations on OCLC, no copy in BL, just two copies traced at auction. Major-General Frederick G. Peake, CMG, CBE (1886-1970), known as Peake Pasha, was a British Army and police officer, and founder and commandant of the Arab Legion Trans-Jordan. He fought alongside T.E. Lawrence in the First World War, and... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 127455
(CRUIKSHANK, George.) [COMBE, William.] Life of Napoleon, A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantoes by Dr. Syntax,
1815First edition, with all points as called for in Abbey. A satirical life of Buonaparte, its intentions best summed up by the allegorical title page, which shows the young Corsican as a revolutionary fire-brand in a Phrygian cap ascending a ladder whose rungs are Plunder, Bloodshed and Murder, this last being the blade of a guillotine. At the top he sits... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 41913
GURNEY, Ivor. Severn & Somme.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, scarce in commerce. This is one of only two works published in Gurney's lifetime, this collection inspired by the poet's beloved Gloucestershire and written in large part while he was serving as a private with the 2nd/5th Gloucesters from May 1916. Wounded and gassed in September 1917 during... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135974
GRAY, John. A Treatise of Gunnery.
London : 1731First edition, presentation copy to Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), the victor of Porto Bello in 1739, the inscription reading: "To the Honourable Edward Vernon Esq, Vice Admiral of the Blue and Commander in chief of all his Majesty's Sea Forces in Jamaica this Treatise is presented with the utmost respect By The Author".
Gray's treatise aimed... Learn More£2,200.00
Stock Code: 137600
(WATERLOO.) Lines on the untimely fate of Lieut. Chas. Spearman, R.A.
1815A conspicuous and touching survival: an apparently unrecorded 28-line broadside poem commemorating the death of Lieutenant Charles Spearman (1791-1815), "who was severely wounded at Waterloo and died of his wounds in Brussels 27 June 1815. One of the select band of soldiers buried in the Mausoleum at Evere" (Bromley, Wellington's Men Remembered, 2015,... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 127820
GRAVES, Robert. Goliath and David.
London : First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Graves's father on behalf of the author to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: "Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers". This copy, sent at... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 109934
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116543
HUTCHISON, Graham Seton. Gordon and The Gordon Boys:
Woking : 1944First and limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by the author and specially bound; inevitably extremely uncommon and represented but thinly among institutional libraries; with an additional presentation inscription on the front free endpaper from the author to his son, "James Graham Pinney Hutchison from Dad, Christmas 1944"; the recipient... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141743
(NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
1808First edition of this extremely uncommon poetical account of a two-month "shakedown" cruise with a new ship's company on a British man of war. The work was begun as a pastime during a "regimen on shore recruiting an extremely exhausted constitution". Finding his "Sketches of Scenes which had occurred on Naval Service increasing," the author decided... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 67173
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252