[Complete set of] New Numbers.Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester: Crypt House Press, February-December 1914 Stock Code: 148519
First editions, first impressions. The four numbers comprising the complete run of New Numbers by the "Dymock Poets". Forty-one poems are present, of which fifteen are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication of his famous poem "The Soldier".
Keynes, in his bibliography of Brooke, notes that demand for the first number "exceeded the supply" and that a reprint was required. The copy in this set, however, comprises the first issue. A half-title, title page and contents are provided in the final number for those who wished to bind together the separate numbers. This was frequently done and a set in original wrappers is rare.
4 volumes, octavo. Original blue-grey wrappers printed in black.
Neat ownership initials to front cover of number 2. Spines worn with some browning, soiling, tears and occasional loss, front and rear covers slightly frayed at extremities with minor loss and soiling, else very good and rare in original wrappers. Occasional foxing to number 3, else clean and very good.
Keynes, pp. 115-17
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