Shells by a Stream + 2 sided letter by Edmund Blunden 1st / 1st 1944
Two Edmund Blunden items consisting: 1. Shells by a Steam the UK first edition published by Macmillan in 1944. This is a lovely near fine copy. The wrapper has a couple of small archival tape marks to the reverse of the jacket otherwise it is in a complete, bright and unfaded condition. The book is fine and appears unread.
This is accompanied by 2. a lengthy 2 sided letter from Blunden written in 1934 with his Merton College, Oxford headed note paper. He writes to a 'Duke Chichele' and mentions Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth and an event that she is speaking about her book at. He has spare tickets. He also mentions an anti-war exhibition that he stumbled across. He quips that the exhibits were grim and that he "did not spend my years in the trenches half as horridly as i might have done in the company of the pacifists". The letter is in near fine condition with a few light spots at the bottom of the first side and a gentle crease running across the letter where presumably it was at some point folded to fit an envelope. A scarce lengthy letter from one of the great war poets of WW1.