The Ballad of Flanders Poppy Fields by Alva Delbert-Evans 1st / 1st 1930
London: The Houghton Publishing Co. (1930)
First UK edition of this extremely scarce collection of poetry. It is in soft wraps with the striking design to the covers of poppies. It is in very good condition with some minor wear to the corners and extremities. There is some browning to the first couple of pages (from the inside flap design) otherwise the pages are very clean inside. A very good copy of this scarce title.
There is a striking illustration of a memorial opposite the title page with a quote from Edith Cavell that says “Patriotism is not enough”.
The poem ‘The Ballad...’ is based on folklore that children from a local school had wondered into an advanced position admidst the trenches on the western front. Whether this actually happened is unclear!