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

A24 POEMS (1914–27) 1927

First edition:


Collation: a2-b4 B–P8 Q4, 122 leaves.

p.[i] POEMS (1914–27); p.[ii] This edition is limited to One Hundred | and Fifteen copies of which One Hun- | dred are for sale. | This is No. [number] | [signature of Graves]; p.[iii] title-page; p.[iv] printer’s notice; p.v NOTE; p.[vi] TO | N. AND L.; pp.vii–xi CONTENTS; p.xii quotations (7 ll.) from Skelton; p.[1] I | 1914–20; p.[2] blank; pp.3–43 text; p.[44] blank; p.[45] II | WAR | 1915–19; p.[46] blank; pp.47–64 text; p.[65] III | MAINLY 1920–23; p. [66] blank; pp.67–118 text; p.[119] IV | MAINLY 1923–25; p. [120] blank; pp. 121–178 text; p.[179] V | RECENT POEMS: 1925–26; p.[180] blank; pp.181–216 text; p.[217] VI | NINE ADDITIONAL POEMS: 1927; p.[218] blank; pp.219–227[228] text; p.229 BIBLIOGRAPHY; p. [230] printer’s notice; pp.[231]–[232] blank.

22.2 × 14.5 cm. Bulk: 1.8/2.3 cm. White laid paper; top edges only trimmed and gilt; watermarked with a unicorn and: ELLERSLIE. White laid endpapers watermarked with a crown and: Abbey Mills | Greenfield. Bound in white boards with parchment spine stamped in gold: POEMS | 1914–27 | ROBERT | GRAVES | HEINEMANN

Price: 30s. Number of copies: 115. Published June 1927 in cream-white dust-jacket printed in blue. Issued in a cardboard slipcase covered in white unprinted glossy paper. Written in ink on the closed end of the slipcase is a number corresponding to the number of the book.

Contents: In addition to the contents of A23 the following: The Progress – Hell – The Dead Ship – O Jorrocks, I Have Promised – The Lost Acres – The Awkward Gardener – To a Charge of Didacticism – The Philatelist-Royal – To be Less Philosophical

Reference: Bloomsbury Book Auctions, sale 504, lot 513, 4 November 2004.

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