Dawn Passage by Maxwell Chenevix Trench 1st / 1st 1945
A scarce first edition published by The Fortune Press in 1945. This copy is in fine condition. The wrapper is immaculate with no marks or wear. It hasn't been price clipped. The book has very light and occasional fox marks to the first free end paper. On the fep also is an inscription from a family member that has been dated in the year of publication. It is a scarce collection of WW2 poetry and copac only records 3 such copies currently in institutions with no copies with or without the jacket in commerce.
Maxwell Chenevix Trent served with the Royal Engineers in WW2. He had gone forward with a small team in his command, under heavy machine gun and shell fire to locate the limits of a mine field which blocked an armoured divisions passage through the fondouk pass in Tunisia. He and his men spent hours under darkness clearing two lanes through which the division passed the following morning. But soon after he stepped on a mine and was killed by shrapnel. He was only 22. He had written several poems between 1938 and 1941 and they are collected here. A scarce title and particularly so in this condition.