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Poems by Isaac Rosenberg first edition 1922

Poems by Isaac Rosenberg first edition 1922


London: William Heinemann, [1922]


8vo., black cloth with paper label to spine ruled and printed in black, unrestored blue paper dust jacket priced 6/- to spine; pp. [iv], v-xii; 186, [ii]; with frontis photograph of the poet; very good, with front board bumped and rubbed to the lower edge; lower board with corner pushed a larger compression causing crease across the lower portion, possibly caused by being dropped; a little mottling to the boards, internally a rather clean copy, the jacket rubbed to the edges and corners, sunned to spine, with some light spotting to the lower flap fold.  


First edition of this collection of poems  by the war poet Isaac Rosenberg, issued posthumously in a purported print run of just 500 copies. Some of the poems had been previously printed in a privately-issued pamphlet entitled Night and Day, with a few others appearing in a handful of periodicals. They are printed here together for the first time. 

Rosenberg was just 28 when he - along with another 10 other soldiers from the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment - was killed on the 1st April 1918. Born and raised in a large Jewish community, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art alongside Paul Nash, before enlisting in the British army in October 1915. Much of his poetic output was written while serving in the trenches, and he is remembered today for such poignant poems as ‘Returning we hear the Larks’ and ‘Dead Man’s Dump’. His last letter with the poem ‘Through These Pale Cold Days’ was sent back to the UK at the end of March, just days before he died.

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