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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 & HODGE, Alan, 1915-1979 : THE LONG WEEK-END : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF GREAT BRITAIN 1918-1939.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 & HODGE, Alan, 1915-1979 : THE LONG WEEK-END : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF GREAT BRITAIN 1918-1939.

London : Faber & Faber, (1940). First edition. An absorbing thematic account of the interwar years, with chapters, inter alia, on revolutions averted; women; reading; politics; sex; amusements; screen and stage; domestic life; sport; the Depression; pacifism, nudism and hiking; the Loch Ness Monster; the Lambeth Walk, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 472pp. Original brown cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; a few faint marks; endpapers and outer leaves a little spotted and tanned, but still overall a very good copy.

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