The Shepherd by Edmund Blunden 1st / 1st 1922
Thavies Inn: Richard Cobden-Sanderson (1922). First UK edition and first print in near fine condition. The rare jacket is in complete condition and has very little if any browning to the panels or spine. It is also very clean. There is a small amount of wear to the top of the spin and a tiny tear to the bottom right corner of the front panel. There is a small name to the front free end paper. There are a handful of spots to the top textblock otherwise the pages are very clean. Overall a near fine copy.
Blunden achieved is now widely acclaimed as one of the finest soldier poets of the war. This, an early collection, following on from the Waggoner, is a reflection of his experiences as a young infantry officer on the Western Front. Much of his poetry here is about his time spent fighting round Festubert, on the Somme and in the Ypres sector between the spring of 1916 and the winter of 1917. Poems include ‘Festubert 1916’, ‘The Troubled Spirit’ and ‘Third Ypres, A Reminiscence’, the last of these poems being a harrowing retelling of the Passchendaele offensive and his helplessness as soldiers around him were being killed.
An early collection of poetry with the rare dust wrapper.