Swords and Ploughshares signed by John Drinkwater 1st / 1st 1915
London: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd (1915). First UK edition with this copy being in very good condition. The label has some wear to the edges and there is a faint mark to the top right of the board. The spine is a shade faded.
This is Lord Robert Crewe’s copy with his bookplate on the inside board. The author has written to Lord Crewe and a letter from him is tucked into the front of the book. In addition Drinkwater has inscribed “to Lord Crewe from John Drinkwater 1915” opposite the title page.
Lord Crewe was a british liberal politician. At the time this book was inscribed to him, he was lord privy seal in Asquith’s cabinet and later went on to be secretary of state for war under Ramsay Macdonald in the thirties.
Swords and Ploughshares was Drinkwater’s first collection of war poetry.