Invocation: War Poems & Others by Robert Nichols 1st / 1st 1915
London: Elkin Matthews (1915). A near fine example of the first UK edition in hardback. Without the scarce dust wrapper. There is a previous owner’s name on the front free end paper and some browning to the first and last couple of pages. The boards are very clean with no marks and only a hint of browning to the spine. A lovely copy.
Nichols was a second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery and was only 21 when he first arrived in the western front in October 1914. He and his batallion were involved in the battle of loos and the Somme Campaign.
In 1916, he was invalided back home with shell shock and was then attached to the foriegn office. Invocation was Nichols first collection of poetry and perhaps more upbeat than his second reflective collection ‘Ardours and Endurances’ that was released in 1917.
In this collection, the title poem ‘invocation’ is the most recalled and anthologised. A rare title to find in near fine condition.