Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; [together with] Proceed, Sergeant Lamb.London: Methuen & Co., 1940 & 1941 Stock Code: 147253
First editions, first impressions, of Graves' retelling of the experiences of Roger Lamb as a British soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and based on the actual Roger Lamb's autobiographical works. "Each book can be read independently of the other" (blurb), and are rarely found together and in such good condition.
George Orwell, writing in the New Statesman, praised the accurate historical detail and convincingly 18th-century prose, saying that "the book is really a pendant to Goodbye to All That,an act of devotion towards the regiment with which he still feels a tie but which, I dare say, is not particularly proud of having once had a poet in its officers' mess".
2 works, octavo. Original red and green cloth respectively, spines lettered in white. With dust jackets.
2 frontispieces,2 folding maps.
The bindings sound and fresh, a small stain to fore edge of vol. 1, internally clean. A near-fine set in near-fine jackets, small closed tears to lower corners of vol. 2, else bright, not price-clipped.
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