The First UK printing published by Chatto and Windus, London in 1931. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. A little pushing at the spine ends with a hint of splitting to the the extreme lower spine tip. The purple linen is a hint faded to the spine but the gilt titling remains bright. The tissue-guarded frontis remains clean. The errata slip is present and tipped to the final contents page. Previous owner's name and date 'Valentine Rippon' to the front end -paper with further penned initials of Valentine Rippon to the half-title. Valentine Rippon was a jewellery designer who has exhibits in the V& A museum. Light spotting to the prelims and text-block. The scarce WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It bears the correct price of 6s. Net to the lower front flap fold. Some toning to the spine and less so to the upper front panel. The wrapper remains attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The first complete edition of the poet's first book (preceded by Sassoon's edition of 1920): 'a new edition including many pieces now first published, and notices of his life and work by Edmund Blunden'. The 38 page memoir by Blunden concludes with the author's notes for a Preface. The volume also includes an Appendix of reminiscences by Frank Nicholson. A handsome production on Abbey Mills Greenfield mould-made stock. Exceptionally scarce in the wrapper.
Author Owen, Wilfred (Ed. Blunden, Edmund)
Publisher Chatto and Windus, London