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STEWART, Robert.

Prison Rhymes:

Composed in Military Guard Rooms and Prison Cells.

[Perth], National Prohibition and Reform Party, [1919] Stock Code: 139823
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First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes. It became a local best-seller and raised enough funds for the building of Unity Hall in Dundee. in 1910 Stewart (1877-1971) founded the Prohibition and Reform Party as a Marxist and anti-religion break-away party from the pro-temperance Scottish Prohibition Party. Described in the foreword as "one of the ablest exponents of the case for socialism", he repeatedly stood at both general and local elections. He went on to be a leading member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, was influential to the creation of the Irish Marxist Party, and at one point was the spymaster controlling the Cambridge Five.
Just three copies of this edition have been traced institutionally, those at the British Library, the University of Hull, and the National Library of Scotland.

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Octavo. Original green paper wrappers, titles printed within frames to front cover in black, wire-stitched as issued.


Slight creasing to tips, a near-fine copy.


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