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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde (£68.00)Publisher: Hong Kong: Ye Olde Printerie — 1957Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Boards and spine dulled and tanned. Text complete, clean and tight bar one small blemish to page III at the foredge. A nice copy, and not so common. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Signed by the illustrator on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. A limited printing of 100 copies of which this is number 31. This illustrated version of The Ballad of Reading Gaol first appeared in Elixir, the Journal of the Hong Kong University Medical Society, in February, 1957. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [17];Notes: Illustrated by Douglas Bland. Foreword or introduction by Edmund Blunden. Size: 10" x 7½". Brown boards with Black titling to the Upper Board. 41 pages. Tags: wilde douglas bland edmund blunden oscar reading prison england poetry
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Attack on the Somme by Edward G. D. Living (£22.00)Publisher: SPA Books/Tom Donovan Military Books — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 090759011X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “Edward Living’s ‘Attack On The Somme’ was one of the earliest published books by a Serviceman recounting a personal tale of that terrible conflict. This is one man’s view of July 1st 1916, the first day of one of the most massive offensives in the history of modern war. The great struggle over the Somme was to drag on all through the summer of 1916 and was brought to a standstill by the winter weather in November. During these months the number of casualties incurred by both sides reached an incredible 1,300,000.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Masefield. Size: 8" x 5". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 90 pages. Tags: 12th 1916 56th abbeville accrington aisne alan alanbrooke albert alice allenby alley also america amiens ancre and andn anzac argyll armies army arras arrow artillery attack australian barnsley basil battalion battalions battle beach bertie bloch blunden bombardments border bottomley bouchavesnes bouzincourt bradford brigade brigades british brooke brophy brown buchan bucket bucquoy
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Francis Warner's Poetry: A Critical Assessment by Glyn Pursglove (£11.50)Publisher: Colin Smythe — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0861402715]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: From the cover: “The poetry of Francis Warner is unlike that of any of his contemporaries in its blend of passion and scholarship. It is the work of a mind steeped in the great traditions of poetry — work that is learned and allusive, but simultaneously intense in its lyricism.

Glyn Pursglove, author of an earlier study of Warner’s plays Francis Warner and Tradition, provides a detailed account of this fascinating body of work, demon strating both its indebtedness to tradition and its profound originality. In a manner both scholarly and sensitive he clarifies the complex craftsmanship of Warner’s major poems and demonstrates the extraordinary formal inventiveness which characterizes so much of his work.

Central to Francis Warner’s achieve ment as a lyrical poet are several remarkable sequences of love poems. These are here afforded a poem-by-poem examination so that readers will find their pleasure in them enhanced by these meticulous and lively studies.

For all his attention to the detail of the poems, Glyn Pursglove does not neglect the larger themes that give continuity to Warner’s work. The reaffirmation of biblical and classical concepts of love — not just as a scholarly exercise but felt in the blood — is at the heart of all of his work as a poet and as a dramatist. It was perhaps inevitable that a poet so steeped in the lyrical forms of the Renaissance (the canzone, the madrigal, and above all the sonnet) should eventually turn his atten tion to Verse Drama. This study closes fittingly with two lengthy chapters de voted to Warner’s verse plays Moving Reflections and Living Creation, theatrical and poetic explorations of love and creativity set in the age of the Gospels, and Renaissance Florence.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 349 pages. Tags: active adler and anthology arnold auden babette ballads barrack baudelaire berry bertran bishop blunden born bridges brooke burgum byron caliban cassou caudwell cavalcanti charles chaucer chesterton christopher cornford cosgrave critical criticism dante day deutsch diogenes donne douglas edith edward edwin eliot emerson english ezra fical flecker francis garman gauguin georgian
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72
English Villages by Edmund Blunden (£8.00)Publisher: Prion — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. A very nice copy of this later reprint.Description: Edmund Blunden writes of the nature of the English village in general and takes us on a nostalgic journey around the world of the school, the farm, the village trade and games. 8 Colour plates and 26 B&W Illustrations. A reprint of the original 1943 edition. 88pp. Size: 8vo Foolscap (6¾" x 4") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30

 
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