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


a. First edition:

OXFORD ADDRESSES | ON POETRY | by | ROBERT GRAVES | Professor of Poetry, Oxford University | 1961 | [publisher’s emblem] | CASSELL ∙ LONDON

Collation: [A]8 B–H8 I/I*2/4, 70 leaves.

p.[i] OXFORD ADDRESSES ON POETRY; p.[ii] blank; p.[iii] title-page; p.[iv] publisher’s, copyright, edition and printer’s notices; p.[v] AD COLL. SANCT. JOH. BAPT. ALUMNO | CANO REDEUNTI BENIGNISSAM; p.[vi] blank; p.[vii] table of contents; p.[viii] blank; pp.[ix]–[x] Foreword; pp.[1]–[2]3–29 text, with pp.[1, 27, 55, 83, 97, 109] being section-headings and pp.[2, 26, 28, 54, 56, 82, 84, 98, 108, 110] being blank; p.[130] blank.

21.6 × 13.9 cm. Bulk: 1.2/1.7 cm. White wove paper; all edges trimmed. White wove endpapers. Bound in dark blue cloth; front and back blank; spine stamped in gold: [at bottom:] CASSELL | [up spine:] Robert Graves [enclosed in double-rule box with swirls and diamond top and bottom] OXFORD ADDRESSES ON POETRY

Price: 18s. Number of copies: 2,951. Published 26 April 1962 in grey-blue dust-jacket printed in black and medium blue.

Contents: Foreword – The Dedicated Poet – The Anti-Poet – The Personal Muse – Poetic Gold – The Word ‘Báraka’ – The Poet’s Paradise.

Note: A photographic reprint of this edition was published in May 1974 by Cedric Chivers, Portway, Bath, “at the request of the London and Home Counties Branch of The Library Association;” it is identical except for title-page and blurb on p.[iii].

A97b. First American edition (1962):

[at left:] Robert Graves | (PROFESSOR OF POETRY, OXFORD UNIVERSITY) 1961 | OXFORD | ADDRESSES | ON POETRY | [decorative device] | [three lines at left:] Doubleday & Company, Inc. | Garden City, New York | 1962

Collation: 1-312 [4]-[6]12, 72 leaves, first gathering being signed on p.25.

p.[1] OXFORD | ADDRESSES | ON POETRY; pp.[2]–[3] list of books by Graves; p.[4] blank; p.[5] title-page; p.[6] dedication (as A97a, p.[v]), LC card, copyright, printing and edition notices; p.[7]–8 Contents; pp.[9]–10 Foreword; pp.[11]–[12]13–141 text, with pp.[11, 37, 65, 95, 109, 121] being section headings, pp.[12, 38, 66, 96, 110, 122] being unnumbered and pp.194, 120] being blank; pp.[142]–[144]blank.

20.8 × 13.7 cm. Bulk: 1.1/1.5 cm. White wove paper; top and bottom edges trimmed. White wove endpapers. Bound in three-quarter grey cloth with black cloth spine; front and back blank; spine stamped in silver, top to bottom: [near front:] OXFORD ADDRESSES ON POETRY [near back:] Robert Graves [near front:] Doubleday

Price: $3.95. Number of copies: 4,000 (in two printings). Published 21 September 1962 in white dust-jacket printed in grey, dark blue and black.

Note: Greenwood Press issued a photographic reprint of this edition in 1968 and again in 1972.

Reference: Mason/1988, p. 6.

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