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


First edition:

[in facsimile of Graves’s handwriting:] POEMS:– | ABRIDGED | FOR | DOLLS | AND | PRINCES | by | ROBERT GRAVES

Collation: [1] –[8]8 [9]4 [10]8, 76 leaves.

[printed on rectos only and with no pagination] pp.[1] –[2] blank; p.[3] title-page; p.[4] blank; pp.[5]–[147] text; p.[148] blank; p.[149] colophon: THE END | [short rule] | Performed by | Captain Robert | Graves at the World’s End 1922 Islip. Oxon; p.[150] blank; p.[151] printing, copyright, rights reservation, ISBN and printer’s notices; p.[152] blank.

13.0 × 9.5 cm. Bulk: 1.0/1.3 cm. White wove coated paper; all edges trimmed. White wove endpapers. Bound in blue cloth; front and back blank; spine stamped in gold: Robert | Graves | POEMS: | Abridged | for Dolls | and | Princes | Cassell

Price: £1.40. Number of copies unknown. Published in November 1971 in blue dust-jacket printed in white and yellow with photograph of the manuscript volume on front. Jacket design by Tony Geddes.

Contents: The Mirror – Henry & Mary – What did I dream? – Vain & Careless – One Hard Look – Love Without Hope – In the Wilderness – Song for Two Children – The Stake – Song of Contrariety – Lost Love – The Finding of Love – The Philosophers.

Notes: This is an enlarged photographic facsimile of the miniature volume done by Graves in 1922 for the Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls House at Windsor Castle.

Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York published an impression on 11 November 1971 using the English sheets, in a limited printing of 500 numbered copies. The limitation colophon, printed on different paper, is tipped between pp. [4]-[5]. The book is bound in black cloth stamped in gold on front and spine. The dust-jacket designed by Tony Geddes is priced $15.00.

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