Wheels by Edith Sitwell; Wilfred Owen 1st / 1st 1919
Oxford: B.H. Blackwell (1919). First UK edition and first print in very good condition. The label on the spine has some loss and wear. There are light foxing marks to the first couple of pages otherwise the pages are very clean. The book is in presentable condition.
With the cubist designed front cover by artist William Roberts. It is entitled ‘Gun Drill’. He also designed the striking end papers of soldiers playing darts.
Wheels was published annually from 1916 to 1921, was a modernist anthology of verse edited by Edith Sitwell, primarily as a vehicle for her and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell, in opposition to the Georgian Poetry volumes edited by Edward Marsh. The 1919 volume is of significance because it was dedicated ‘to the memory of Wilfred Owen, M.C.’, and whose work it introduced, a year after he had died.
Owen’s poems featured here for the first time and included ‘The Sentry’ and ‘The Show’ and ‘Strange Meeting’.