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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

London : Arthur Barker, 1934. First editions of the two separately published volumes of Graves’ “I Claudius” masterpiece. “I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as ‘Claudius the Idiot’, or ‘That Claudius’, or ‘Claudius the Stammerer’, or ‘Clau-Clau-Claudius’ or at best as ‘Poor Uncle Claudius’, am now about to write this strange history of my life ...”.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (213 x 132mm). 494; (576)pp. Folding genealogical tables. Bound in a handsome recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; the original cloth backstrips preserved at the rear of each volume; a few internal marks and spots, but overall a very good and sound set. Higginson A42a / A43a.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : COLOPHON TO LOVE RESPELT.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : COLOPHON TO LOVE RESPELT.

[London] : Privately printed, 1967. First edition : one of 350 copies (of 386) numbered and signed by Robert Graves. A collection of twenty-eight poems – “The Word is unspoken / Between honest lovers” and others – with Graves’ own foreword. Printed at the Stellar Press at Hatfield.
Royal 8vo (26cm). [2],(vi),32pp. Original white paper boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just very used. Bookplate of T. G. Britten.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : AT THE GATE : POEMS.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : AT THE GATE : POEMS.

[London] : Privately printed, 1974. First edition : one of 500 copies (of 536) numbered and signed by Robert Graves. A collection of twenty poems, with Graves’ own foreword – “At least I never repeat myself, and I have never yet been accused of imitating my contemporaries or predecessors”. Printed at the Stellar Press at Hatfield.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (48)pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; very faint crease to last few leaves, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – just faintly tanned at spine, but also very good.

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