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THE WAR POEMS OF SIEGFRIED SASSOON.

SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : THE WAR POEMS OF SIEGFRIED SASSOON.

London : William Heinemann, 1919. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. A collection of sixty-four poems, a dozen or so previously unpublished and forming, in Sassoon’s words, his definitive “tract against war”.
Crown 8vo. (96)pp. Original red cloth, with white paper title-labels printed in black (in a design by William Nicholson) on upper cover and spine; spine a little sunned and very slightly dented and bruised; a few edge-spots; lacks front free endpaper; endpapers faintly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy, without the usual chipping, wear and discolouration to the fragile labels. With the contemporary ownership inscription of E. J. Ingram. Keynes A20.

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SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : [THE SHERSTON TRILOGY] MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN / MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER / SHERSTON’S PROGRESS.

SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : [THE SHERSTON TRILOGY] MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN / MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER / SHERSTON’S PROGRESS.

London : Faber & Gwyer / Faber & Faber, (1928-1936). A first edition set of the three separately published volumes – “This is fiction, but with a difference – for the author, who wishes at present to remain anonymous, has himself lived the life of a hero” – the first two volumes were published anonymously, the first in an edition of just 1,500 copies. “The most satisfying piece of autobiography to be published in our time. All the equipment of a novelist is Sassoon’s. But what novel could equal in fascination this true story? The three books give him a place unique in English letters” (Howard Spring in the Evening Standard, 3rd September 1936).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 113mm). (396),[iv]; 334,[ii]; 280pp. Bound, without one initial blank leaf, in a handsome recent full navy crushed morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; a couple of tiny marks; mild tanning of outer leaves in one volume, but a very good set.

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