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

A85 THE POEMS OF ROBERT GRAVES 1958

First edition:

THE POEMS | OF | ROBERT GRAVES | Chosen by Himself | Doubleday Anchor Books | Doubleday & Company, Inc. | Garden City, New York | 1958

Collation: 320 leaves, glued at spine.

p.[i] THE POEMS OF ROBERT GRAVES | [series emblem]; p.[ii] blank; p.[iii] biographical note; p.[iv] blank; p.[v] title-page; p.[vi] designer’s, typographer’s, copyright, printing and acknowledgement notices; p.[vii] FOREWORD; p. [viii] blank; p.[ix] TO CALLIOPE; p.[x] blank; pp.xi–xviii CONTENTS; p.[1]–[2]3–289 text, with pp.[1, 35, 67, 93, 151, 169, 203, 235, 255] being section-headings and pp.[2, 36, 68, 94, 152, 168, 170, 204, 234, 236, 254, 256] being blank; p.[290] blank; pp.291 –296 INDEX OF TITLES; pp.297–302 INDEX OF FIRST LINES.

18.1 × 10.5 cm. Bulk: 1.8 cm. White wove paper; all edges trimmed. Bound in paper covers; front has grey background with Hera of Samos overprinted with: [at left:] A 139 [at right:] $1.25 | THE | POEMS | OF | ROBERT | GRAVES | [in red:] Chosen by himself | A DOUBLEDAY [series emblem] ANCHOR BOOK; back printed in red and black with blurb; spine has grey background, printed top to bottom: THE POEMS OF ROBERT GRAVES [three words in red:] Chosen by himself | Anchor | A139; inner sides of front and back covers blank.

Price: $1.25. Number of copies: 25,000. Published 5 June 1958.

Contents: Foreword – To Calliope – I: In the Wilderness – The Haunted House – Reproach – The Finding of Love – ‘The General Elliott’ – Rocky Acres – Outlaws – One Hard Look – A Frosty Night – Allie – Unicorn and the White Doe – Henry and Mary – Love without Hope – What Did I Dream? – The Country Dance – The Troll’s Nosegay – The Hills of May – Lost Love – Vain and Careless – An English Wood – The Bedpost – The Pier-Glass – Apples and Water – Angry Samson – Down – Mermaid, Dragon, Fiend – II: In Procession – Warning to Children – Alice – Richard Roe and John Doe – The Witches’ Cauldron – Ancestors – Children of Darkness – The Cool Web – Love in Barrenness – Song of Contrariety – The Presence – The Land of Whipperginny – In No Direction – The Castle – Return – The Bards – Nobody – The Progress – Full Moon – Vanity – Pure Death – Sick Love – It Was All Very Tidy – III: Callow Captain – Thief – Saint – The Furious Voyage – Song: Lift-Boy – Traveller’s Curse after Misdirection – The Last Day of Leave – The Next Time – Ulysses – The Succubus – The Reader over My Shoulder – The Legs – Gardener – Front Door Soliloquy – In Broken Images – The Devil at Berry Pomeroy – On Rising Early – Flying Crooked – Fragment of a Lost Poem – Brother – IV: Galatea and Pygmalion – The Devil’s Advice to Story-Tellers – Sergeant-Major Money – Sea Side – Wm. Brazier – Welsh Incident – Vision in the Repair-Shop – Interruption – Act V, Scene 5 – Midway – Hell – Leda – Synthetic Such – The Florist Rose – Lost Acres – At First Sight – Recalling War – Down, Wanton, Down! – A Former Attachment – Nature’s Lineaments – Time – The Philosopher – On Dwelling – Parent to Children – Ogres and Pygmies – History of the Word – Single Fare – To Walk on Hills – To Bring the Dead to Life – To Evoke Posterity – Any Honest Housewife – Defeat of the Rebels – Never Such Love – The Fallen Signpost – The China Plate – Certain Mercies – The Cuirassiers of the Frontier – The Laureate – A Jealous Man – The Cloak – The Foreboding – With Her Lips Only – The Halls of Bedlam – Or to Perish before Day – A Country Mansion – The Eremites – Lovers in Winter – Advocates – Self-Praise – V: On Portents – The Terraced Valley – The Challenge – The Chink – The Ages of Oath – New Legends – Like Snow – End of Play – The Climate of Thought – The Fallen Tower of Siloam – The Great-Grandmother – No More Ghosts – VI: A Love Story – Dawn Bombardment – The Worms of History – The Glutton – A Stranger at the Party – The Shot – The Thieves – Lollocks – To Sleep – Despite and Still – The Suicide in the Copse – Frightened Men – The Oath – Language of the Seasons – Mid-Winter Waking – The Rock at the Corner – The Beach – The Villagers and Death – The Door – Under the Pot – Through Nightmare – To Lucia at Birth – Death by Drums – She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep – Theseus and Ariadne – Penthesileia – Cold Weather Proverb – The Death Room – To Juan at the Winter Solstice – To Be Called a Bear – VII: My Name and I – 1805 – At the Savoy Chapel – Dream of a Climber – The Persian Version – The Weather of Olympus – Apollo of the Physiologists – The Oldest Soldier – Grotesques i–vi – The Eugenist – A Civil Servant – Gulls and Men – Conversation Piece – Queen-Mother to New Queen – General Bloodstock’s Lament for England – ‘¡Wellcome, to the Caves of Artá!’ – I’m Through with You For Ever – The Sacred Mission – Poet’s Corner – Coronation Address – Beauty in Trouble – Sirocco at Deyá – From the Embassy – VIII: The White Goddess – The Allansford Pursuit – Amergin’s Charm – The Battle of the Trees – The Song of Blodeuwedd – Instructions to the Orphic Adept – Lament for Pasiphaë – The Sirens’ Welcome to Cronos – Intercession in Late October – The Jackals’ Address to Isis – The Destroyer – Return of the Goddess – IX: With the Gift of a Ring – Counting the Beats – The Young Cordwainer – Your Private Way – The Survivor – Questions in a Wood – Darien – The Portrait – Prometheus – The Straw – Cry Faugh! – Hercules at Nemea – Dialogue on the Headland – The Mark – Liadan and Curithir – The Sea Horse – Reproach to Julia – Dethronement – Cat-Goddesses – The Blue-Fly – A Lost Jewel – The Window Sill – Spoils – The Coral Pool – The Naked and the Nude – Woman and Tree – Bitter Thoughts on Receiving a Slice of Cordelia’s Wedding–Cake – A Bouquet from a Fellow Roseman – Rhea – Leaving the Rest Unsaid – Index of Titles – Index of First Lines

Notes: The typography is by Edward Gorey.

Some copies seen with later white rectangular label printed in black with a price of $1.45. The label is affixed over the original printed price on the front cover.

Reference: Toledano p. 117.

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