A miscellany. No. 1, May 1919 [together with;] no. 2 October, 1919 [&] The Winter Owl.London: Martin Secker, & Cecil Palmer, 1919-23 Stock Code: 139992
First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen, Siegfried Sassoon, L. Pearsall Smith, J. C. Squire, W. J. Turner.
"Published during an era when the best-remembered literary magazines were decidedly experimental and political in tone, Robert Graves's short-lived quarterly The Owl is notable for its purposeful conservatism. As the forward to the first issue affirms, "The Owl has no politics, leads no new movement and is not even the organ of any particular generation." In keeping with this policy, Graves rejected more radical literary figures and featured an impressive group of established writers, including Thomas Hardy, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, and Walter de la Mare. As a traditional miscellany, The Owl also provided a forum for artists like Pamela Bianco, whose vibrantly coloured drawings are featured in each issue, and for younger writers like John Crowe Ransom, Siegfried Sassoon, and Graves himself. It offers an important counterpoint to the more ideologically driven magazines favoured by Eliot and Pound" (Brown University and University of Tulsa Modernist Journals Project).
3 volumes, quarto. Vol. 1 in the original pink decorated wrappers sewn at the fold, wrappers lettered in black; the other two in original boards similarly decorated and titled. Vol. 2 with a early custom patterned paper dust jacket. Vol. 1 housed in a pink cloth pull-off case, vols 2 and 3 each in orange morocco backed bookform slipcase and chemise.
Plates and illustrations as called for.
An exceptional set, some minor rubbing only, near fine.
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