Poems by Isaac Rosenberg 1st / 1st 1922
London: William Heinneman (1922) First UK edition without the rare dust wrapper. A very good copy. The boards are clean, and the label is in fine order. There is a bump to the centre of the bottom edge of the front board. Internally the pages are very clean and free from foxing marks or previous owners’ ink.
Rosenberg the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He was sent with The Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment to serve on the Western Front in France, where he arrived on 3 June 1916. He continued to write poetry while serving in the trenches, including “Break of Day in the Trenches”, “Returning We Hear the Larks”, and “Dead Man’s Dump”. In December 1916, Poetry Magazine published two of his poems. On 21 March 1918, the German Army started its Spring Offensive on the Western Front. A week later, Rosenberg sent his last letter with a poem “Through These Pale Cold Days”.
Having just finished a night patrol, he was killed on the night of 1 April 1918 with another ten KORL soldiers. The is his only collection of poetry published and puts together all of his works written in the war and earlier on in his life.