Georgian Poetry 1911-1912.London, The Poetry Bookshop, [1913?] Stock Code: 141949
NotesThe first volume of Eddie Marsh's Georgian Poetry series, with the signatures of every one of the poets involved. Marsh himself has signed the page at the end of his prefatory note, and facing the contents pages are found the signatures of all 17 of the contributing poets (including Rupert Brooke, whose signature is uncommon). Robert Bridges, who was poet laureate 1913-1930 and to whom the book is dedicated, is also included, as well as Lord Dunsany, who provided the epigraph.
The contributing poets were: Lascelles Abercrombie, Gordon Bottomley, Rupert Brooke, G. K. Chesterton, William H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, John Drinkwater, James Elroy Flecker, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, D. H. Lawrence, John Masefield, T. Sturge Moore, Harold Monro, Ronald Ross, E. B. Sargant, James Stephens, and Robert Calverley Trevelyan. With the exception of Marsh and Davies, who have signed the book itself, all the above are clipped and pasted in (presumably from letters) - nonetheless an extraordinary feat of autograph collecting on the part of some devoted fan of Marsh's poetic project.
Dunsany's rousing epigraph reads: "Of all materials for labour, dreams are the hardest; and the artificer in ideas is the chief of workers, who out of nothing will make a piece of work that may stop a child from crying or lead nations to higher things. For what is it to be a poet? It is to see at a glance the glory of the world, to see beauty in all its forms and manifestations, to feel ugliness like a pain, to resent the wrongs of others as bitterly as one's own, to know mankind as others know single men, to know Nature as botanists know a flower, to be thought a fool, to hear at moments the clear voice of God".
This is an early edition, with the apparently early slipcase supporting the sense that the autograph collecting was done by a contemporary rather than later.
Octavo. Original brown boards, titles to spine and front gilt, publisher's initials gilt on a red ground to centre of front cover. Housed in an early black moroccoo backed bookform slipcase and chemise.
Boards superficially cracked down front joint, some light rubbing and dust soiling, clean within and generally in good condition.
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