SASSOON, Siegfried.

The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.

Worcester: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1960 Stock Code: 136712
£450.00

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Notes

First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading Sequences (1956). This copy includes, loosely inserted, the blue slip with the poem "Awaitment", written in November 1960 and printed by the Abbey Press after the book had been completed, in an edition of 624 copies.

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Description

Quarto. Original quarter vellum, blue and gilt marbled boards, gilt titles to spine, bottom edge untrimmed. With the original acetate jacket.

Illustrations

Gilt device to title page, calligraphic initials by hand by Wendy Westover, first initial in gilt, subsequent initials in red.

Condition

Contemporary review and obituary clippings laid in. Slight offsetting to front endpaper, one small spot to fore edge. A near-fine copy, in a nice example of the acetate jacket.

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