The Author's Scarce First Published Work

Brittain, Vera

Verses Of A V.A.D.

Published: Erskine MacDonald : 1918


The First UK Printing published by Erskine MacDonald in 1918. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Light rubbing to the upper edges and a little pushing at the spine ends. Mild toning to the text block and page edges. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Very small ink mark to the lower front pastedown which has slightly offset to the half title. The book has no end papers - as issued. The binding is tight with some early hinge loosening in a few places. A slim book of only 46 pages. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good ++ condition. Mild edge wear with a little loss at the spine and flap ends. Rubbing to the spine and along the flap folds. A few nicks with a small closed tear to the rear cover edges. The red titling remains bright to the spine with the correct issue price of 2/6 net to the spine. A small area of loss with some adjacent rubbing to the front upper cover. The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The author's first published collection of poetry which was dedicated to her fiancee Roland Leighton who had been killed in action in 1915. The book also contains the poem 'To My Brother' (Capt. E.H. Brittain M.C.) which had been written four days before his death in action on the Italian Front in 1918. Brittain had abandoned her studies at Oxford University and had trained as a nurse and had gone off to France, as a member of a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD). 'Verses of a V.A.D.' were written whilst Brittain was on active service. She would go on to have her her masterly autobiographical account of this period 'Testament Of Youth' published some 15 years later. A very rare survivor with such attributes of what was a cheap post war production. I can locate no other copies for sale worldwide at the time of listing and less than a handful of copies in institutions, mostly without the scarce wrapper.

Very Good++



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