John Kemp's Wager.
A Ballad Opera.Oxford : Basil Blackwell, publisher to the Shakespeare Head Press, 1925 Stock Code: 142386
First edition, first impression, trade issue. John Kemp's Wager was published as the 11th work in the British Drama League Library of Modern British Drama.
From the library of Charles David Abbott (1900-1961), the University at Buffalo's first director of libraries, and a notable book collector and devotee of British poetry. "Abbott founded the Poetry Project in 1937. He intended it to be a first-edition collection of all books of Anglophone poetry by 20th-century poets. Ignoring literary ideology and collecting without prejudice, the Poetry Project matured into the Poetry Collection. Abbott was responsible for acquiring the manuscripts of William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Graves and James Joyce" (Basinski).
Octavo. Original green patterned paper panels with yapp edges to covers, titles to spine and front board in black and green, bottom edge untrimmed.
Ink ownership inscription of Charles David Abbott, dated December 1926 to front free endpaper. A little toning and creasing to spine and edges, front board starting but holding, internally fresh and unmarked; a very good copy.
Michael Basinski, "The Poetry Collection", 24 February 2011, University at Buffalo's website, accessed 28/07/20; Higginson A13.
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