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SASSOON, Siegfried.

[The Sherston Trilogy:] Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; Sherston's Progress.

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Published: London Faber and Gwyer,/Faber & Faber, 1928-36

Stock Code: 133080

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


Signed limited editions of the complete Sherston Trilogy: Fox-Hunting Man, number 111 of 260 copies; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, number 399 of 750 copies; Sherston's Progress, number 269 0f 300 copies. Sets found with the spines keeping most of their fugitive blue are very scarce. The first volume here has the Brackenburn bookplate of Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), a major novelist of the period, friend of Henry James and Arnold Bennett, and recipient of the Russian Cross of Saint George for gallantry on the Russian-Austrian front during the First World War.
"In the late 1920s Sassoon turned to prose, drawing on his pre-war diaries and those for the first quarter of 1916 for his Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man. This was published in 1928, anonymously, though his name appeared in the second impression. This lightly fictionalized autobiography of his early years in Kent, in which he figures as the narrator George Sherston, was an immediate success, was awarded the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes, and was quickly accepted as a classic of its kindan elegy for a way of life which had gone for ever. He continued the story in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) and Sherston's Progress (1936)" (Rupert Hart-Davis in ODNB). Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress are first editions, published simultaneously with the first trade editions; Fox-Hunting Man was issued one month after the trade edition and "was an afterthought, made when the success of the ordinary edition was assured and the identity of the author known" (Keynes).

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3 volumes, octavo. Original blue buckram, titles to spines in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Housed together in a grey morocco entry slipcase with gilt insignia ("A.V.") to side.


Spines slightly sunned, mostly vol. 2, and each very much less so than usual, otherwise a fine set.


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