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SECTION A: Books written, co-written or translated by Robert Graves


a. First edition:


Collation: [A]4 B–E8 F4, 40 leaves.

p.[il WHIPPERGINNY; p.[ii] blank; p.[iii] title-page; p.[iv] TO | EDWARD MARSH and printing notice; pp.v–vi AUTHOR’S NOTE; pp.[vii] –[viii] CONTENTS; pp. 1–71 text; p.[72] text and printer’s notice.

18.8 × 12.1 cm. Bulk: 0.9/1.4 cm. White wove paper; top and fore-edges trimmed. White wove endpapers. Bound in magenta boards printed with cobbled design; back blank; red label on front: WH1PPERG1NNY | Robert Graves; red label on spine: [all flush left:] Whipper- | ginny | Robert | Graves | Heinemann

Price: 5s. Number of copies: 1,000. Published 15 March 1923 in magenta dust-jacket printed in black.

Contents: Author’s Note – Whipperginny – The Bedpost – A Lover Since Childhood – Song of Contrariety – The Ridge Top – Song in Winter – Unicorn and the White Doe – Sullen Moods – A False Report – Children of Darkness – Richard Roe and John Doe – The Dialecticians – The Lands of Whipperginny –’The General Elliott’ – A Fight to the Death – Old Wives’ Tales – Christmas Eve – The Snake and the Bull – The Red Ribbon Dream – In Procession – Henry and Mary – An English Wood – Mirror, Mirror! – What Did I Dream? – Interlude: On Preserving a Poetical Formula – A History of Peace – The Rock Below – An Idyll of Old Age – The Lord Chamberlain Tells of a Famous Meeting – The Sewing Basket – Against Clock and Compasses – The Avengers – On the Poet’s Birth – The Technique of Perfection – The Sibyl – A Crusader – A New Portrait of Judith of Bethulia – A Reversal – The Martyred Decadents: A Sympathetic Satire – Epigrams: On Christopher Marlowe; A Village Conflict; Dedicatory; To R. Graves, Senior; ‘A Vehicle, to wit, a Bicycle’; Motto to a Book of Emblems – The Bowl and the Rim – A Forced Music – The Turn of a Page – The Manifestation in the Temple – To Any Saint – A Dewdrop – A Valentine.

Notes: Both A8a and A8b were printed in Great Britain.

Norwood Editions issued a photographic reprint of this edition in 1977.

A8b. American issue (1923):


Collation as A8a, except A2 is a cancel, recto as above, verso as A8a.

18.7 × 12.5 cm. Bulk: 0.9/1.4 cm. White wove paper; top edges only trimmed and stained pink. White wove endpapers. Bound in boards printed with flame-like design (13 × 11 designs) in blue, yellowish pink, brown and green; pink label runs from front to back across spine with continuous decorative rule above and below legends; on front and back in green: [decorative rule] | WH1PPERG1NNY | POEMS BY | ROBERT GRAVES | [decorative rule]; on spine: [decorative rule] | Whip- | per- | ginny | by | Robert | Graves | 1923 | decorative rule].

Price: $2.00. Number of copies undisclosed. Published 29 June 1923 in pink dust-jacket printed in black.

Note: A photographic reprint of A8b was issued by Folcroft Library Editions (1973).

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