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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 : OCCUPATION: WRITER.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : OCCUPATION: WRITER.

London : Cassell & Co., 1951. First British edition. Collected pieces – short stories, plays, an interview with a dead man, and a mixed bag of essays – on the Treason of Clerks, the madness of hatters, Roman incest, Colonel Blimp’s ancestors, the Pharoah’s chariot wheels, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),276pp. Original red-brown cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge spotted; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy in the attractive period dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly used, but also very good.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : THE MORE DESERVING CASES : EIGHTEEN OLD POEMS FOR RECONSIDERATION.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : THE MORE DESERVING CASES : EIGHTEEN OLD POEMS FOR RECONSIDERATION.

[Marlborough] : Marlborough College Press, 1962. First edition : one of just 400 numbered copies (of 750) bound in full morocco and signed by Robert Graves. A reworking and revision of eighteen earlier poems originally discarded.
Royal 8vo (26cm). [ii],[36],[ii]pp. Portrait. Original full red morocco, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; a few minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good, clean and sound copy.

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