In Parenthesis.London, Faber & Faber Limited, 1937 Stock Code: 124934
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of David Jones's epic poetic memoir, tackling the trauma of his trench experiences in the First World War after his breakdown from shell-shock in 1932. In Parenthesis won Jones the Hawthornden Prize and the praise of such writers as W. H. Auden, who considered it "a masterpiece" in which Jones did "for the British and Germans what Homer did for the Greeks and the Trojans", and of T. S. Eliot, who declared it was "a work of genius" in the preface to his 1961 Faber reissue. The first impression is scarce enough in itself, but rare in such condition.
Octavo. Original beige cloth, title gilt to spine on a grey ground. With the dust jacket.
Two illustrated plates (one as frontispiece) after etching by Jones, and a map plate, each with tissue guard.
The cloth bright, and only faint spotting to endpapers and around the few plates, a near fine copy with the notably bright dust jacket bearing only a few minor chips and small closed tears to the extremities, and faint toning to the margins of the white rear panel.
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