Our shops are open and we are processing online, telephone and email orders as normal

GRAVES, Robert.


London: William Heinemann, Ltd, 1923 Stock Code: 119069
Reserve Ask us a question

First edition, first impression, rare presentation copy inscribed "Edith Sitwell from Robert Graves and good luck! 1923" on the front free endpaper. Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell were at the time the darlings of the London literary scene. She was a friend of Graves in the 1920s and visited him in Islip. She admired his poetry, writing to him that "when I read your poems, I so often think of a very clear lake, and looking down through the lake to some shining beauty very far below, but most clearly seen."

The year of this presentation Sitwell put on the notorious avant garde performance of Façade at the Aeolian Hall, in which she recited her nonsense poems through a megaphone to the accompaniment of music by William Walton. The event was a success de scandale, with Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, and Noel Coward (who walked out in disgust) in the audience. Graves's "good luck" may perhaps have been in anticipation of this event. He dedicated his Contemporary Techniques of Poetry to Sitwell two years later, but their friendship foundered when Graves left his wife for Laura Riding.

Whipperginny, which was printed in a small edition of 1,000 copies, is rare inscribed - we can trace only one other copy ever having appeared at auction, in 1994, and that without the dust jacket.

Confused? Read our glossary


Octavo. Original pink and black patterned boards, red title label to spine and front board. With dust jacket.


Ends rubbed, light spotting to edges, an excellent copy with the dust jacket with loss to the spine panel and a section detached, but still intact, smaller chips to the edges and fore-corners.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details



Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220

ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book