In Parenthesis.London, Faber & Faber Limited, 1937 Stock Code: 125671
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.
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.
Contemporary pencilled ownership signature to front free endpaper and rear panel of dust jacket. A little rolled, spine slightly darkened, covers with a few marks, else a very good copy in the scarce dust jacket, a little soiled, spine panel darkened, a little creased and chipped at extremities with slight loss to title on spine panel.
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