Coming and Going signed association copy by Wilfrid Gibson 1st / 1st 1938
Oxford University Press, (1938). First edition. Signed association copy. With the rare dust wrapper. In very good condition. The wrapper has some marks and a shallow chip to the top of the spine. There is a tiny tear along the edge of the front panel. It is not price clipped. The book is generally very clean without marks or spotting except for a few on the text block edge.
A selection of non-war rural and nautical themed poems from war poet Gibson. This copy is particularly rare because it has an inscription between him and Laschelles Abercrombie. On the front free end paper it says “Lascelles with love from Wilfrid”.
Abercrombie and Gibson were both members of a band of poets loosely called ‘The Dymock Poets’ due to them all living in the area and being in a friends circle. The group consisted of these two, plus Rupert Brooke, Robert Frost, Edward Thomas and John Drinkwater. Four of these poets Abercrombie, Drinkwater, Brooke and Gibson would go on to collectively publish a series of poems under the title ‘New Numbers’ in 1914 before Brooke was killed in The Great War. A scarce association between these friends and members of the group.