The War Poets.
An Anthology of the War Poetry of the 20th Century.New York: The John Day Company, 1945 Stock Code: 139656
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from Willard Maas".
A party to celebrate the publication of the book was held at the Gotham Book Mart on the evening of 19 June 1945 and "many of the contributors were invited" (Filreis, p. 322). This copy of Williams's expansive anthology was presumably inscribed at the time for one of the guests.
Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and front cover in gilt on red ground, top edge orange. With the dust jacket.
With 16 pages of photograph portraits.
Negligible rubbing to board edges, occasional foxing, most notably to portraits; else a near-fine copy in the lightly soiled, uncommonly bright jacket with sunned spine, tiny nicks to extremities, not price-clipped.
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