The Land.London: William Heinemann, Ltd, 1926 Stock Code: 145944
First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, together with an autograph letter signed from her. This is a rare variant copy, with the four wood engravings that were published only in the signed limited issue; in this copy, they are tipped in and unusually also signed by the artist.
This variant, not noted by the bibliographers, is perhaps one of a few copies for the author's use. It corresponds with the copy Sackville-West loaned to an English poetry exhibition held by the National Book League in 1947 (see item 339 in John Hayward's catalogue of the exhibition). In the accompanying autograph letter, Sackville-West writes to the writer and broadcaster John Arlott (1914-1991), who wished to include a passage from The Land in his anthology First Time in America: A Selection of Poems Never Before Published in the U.S.A (1948): "I am sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with your anthology... The copyright is mine, and need not apply to my publishers unless you wish to do so". She goes on to correct a textual variant within the passage of The Land that he wanted to include in the anthology.
Octavo. Original red cloth, printed paper spine label, partly unopened, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, spare spine label at rear. With the dust jacket designed by George Plank. Together with an autograph letter signed from the author, dated 7 January 1943, on Sissinghurst Castle headed paper, single sheet written on both sides.
With 4 tipped-in wood engravings, one for each season by George Plank.
Spine slightly sunned, edges and endpapers slightly foxed, contents otherwise clean. A very good copy in the dust jacket, spine panel tanned with price clipped from centre, else bright and sharp.
Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A13 (this variant not noted).
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