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OWEN, Wilfred.

Poems.

With an Introduction by Siegfried Sassoon.

London : 1920 Stock Code: 136149
£12,500.00
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Notes

First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and "Strange Meeting".
Provenance: loosely inserted book label of Simon Nowell-Smith (1909-1996), a prominent bibliophile and collector, as well as secretary of the London Library and president of the Bibliographical Society.

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Description

Quarto. Original red cloth, printed paper label to spine. With the dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Spine ends and bottom tips gently bumped, minor bubbling to bottom edge of front board, faint discolouration to rear board. A remarkably well-preserved copy in the very good dust jacket, spine a little darkened, small repair to head of spine, a few small edge-splits.

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