Poetry from Oxford in Wartime.
Edited by William Bell.London: The Fortune Press, 1945 Stock Code: 146875
First edition, first impression, of this anthology of poetry, which includes one of Larkin's first appearances in book form. It was published in February 1945, five months before Larkin's debut collection, The North Ship.
This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black Sparrow Press, with his book label on the rear pastedown.
Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, title to spine in gilt, bottom edge untrimmed. With dust jacket.
Bookplate of J. F. Fuggles to front pastedown. A near-fine copy, contents clean and sharp, in the like dust jacket, not price-clipped, spine toned, tiny chip to head of spine, bright and sharp.
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