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Poetry   24 Books
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In Memoriam Harold Parry, 2nd Lt., KRRC, Born at Bloxwich Dec. 13th 1896, Fell in Flanders May 6th 1917. 1st Ed., xiii+144pp., portrait frontis. Privately published. nd (c.1917).  #62982
[HLMainPic] Parry was Ed. at Queen Mary's School, Walsall & Exeter College, Oxford. 17th (S) Bn. KRRC 1916-17, a memoir, atmospheric letters from France, a few of his poems & some letters of condolence. KiA in Flanders & buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Contains some interesting observations such as: "Two hundred years will not suffice to efface the traces of this tragedy from the land. Things can never be as they were, and the greatest indictment that war can have, is the forlorn and shell-shattered land about here with its rude and pathetic crosses to mark the last resting-place of those who in the fullness of their youth - at the beginning of love and hope and ambition - were cut off from life..." Grey paper covered boards with cloth backstrip, gilt to spine. Pages 138/139 are usually pasted together to conceal misattributed Henry Newbolt poem, but this copy intact & the pages unblemished apart from a contemp. ink note: "This poem is by Henry Newbolt." A very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £120
The Poems of Robert W. Sterling. Born 19th November, 1893. Glasgow Academy & Sedbergh. Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford. Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in Action, S. George's Day, 1915. 1st Ed., xvi+68pp., portrait frontis., facsimile of his bookplate. Oxford Univ. Press. 1916  #59199
Memoir & poems, several written whilst on active service in 1915. He was Killed in Action with the 1st Bn. of his regiment on 23/4/15 & is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
BLACKALL (Capt. C.W.) Songs From the Trenches. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 59pp., 190x132mm, col. frontis. (by Helen McKie). John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1915  #59210
[HLMainPic] Rhymes inspired by active service 1914-15, including a verse in memory of W.G.C. (William) Gladstone, MP, who was KiA with the RWF on 11th March 1915. The poet, Charles Walter Blackall, East Kent Regiment (SR), was Killed in Action on 24th March 1918 while a lieutenant-colonel in command of the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. During the period when he wrote these poems he was serving with the 1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers: he was Gladstone's company commander. Paperback version: orig. plain card wraps. with attractive coloured dustwrapper designed by Helen McKiew (the frontis. of the hardback version). VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
BOWMAN (A.A.) Sonnets from a Prison Camp. 1st Ed., xi+152pp. Lane. 1919  #62902
[HLMainPic] Poetry with war &/or PoW themes. Bowman, a subaltern in the HLI, was captured in April 1918 & incarcerated in the Offizier-Gefangenenlager at Hesepe. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG & inscribed by the author: "With kind regards, A.A. Bowman Christmas 1921." See illustrations on our website.   £45
BRERETON (Frederick) Comp. An Anthology of War Poems. With an Introduction by Edmund Blunden. 1st Ed., 191pp. VG in chipped dw. Collins. 1930  #63967
[HLMainPic] A wide & early selection of the soldier poets (Aldington; Bewsher; Binyon; the all-but-forgotten Frederick V. Branford; Brooke; Dearmer; Graves; Gurney; Hardy; Owen; Rosenberg; Sassoon; Sorley; Brett Young et al. Orig. wheat cloth with green paper sp. label, VG in little chipped but scarce & attractive dw (with drawing of the Cenotaph). See illustration on our website.   £75

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CANDOLE (Alec de) A Rubaiyat of the Trenches. By de C. [i.e. Alec de Candole]. 1st Ed., 63pp. 195x117mm. VG in chipped dw. Fawcett & Co. 1917  #59206
[HLMainPic] A long narrative poem. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916 to be commissioned in the Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with the 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC, and was Killed in Action in France on 3rd September 1918. He was twenty-one and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. Blue paper covd. boards with white cloth backstrip & paper label to front, VG in dw & rare thus, although little chipped & rear panel torn with loss. [Not in Reilly]. See illustration on our website.   £145
CANDOLE (Alec de) Poems. 1st Ed., viii+86pp., portrait frontis. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59209
[HLMainPic] Including verses written whilst on active service, a portrait & a short biographical note. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916, commissioned in Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC & KiA 3/9/18. Blue cloth, gilt to spine VG [Reilly p.108]. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
CANDOLE (Alec de) The Faith of a Subaltern: Essays on Religion and Life. With a Preface by the Dean of Bristol. 2nd Imp., xi+92pp., 192x129mm, portrait frontis. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59207
[HLMainPic] Pious essays with a short biographical note. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to spine, little rubbed/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
CANDOLE (Alec de) The Faith of a Subaltern: Essays on Religion and Life. With a Preface by the Dean of Bristol. Orig. printed wraps., xi+92pp., 190x125mm. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59208
[HLMainPic] Pious essays with a short biographical note. Orig. printed wraps., VG & a rare version "printed for private circulation only" but excludes the portrait frontis. included in the cloth-bound published edition. Pencil ownership inscrip. of "W. Ashley. Koln. 1919." See illustration on our website.   £75
CLARK (T.B.) Poems of a Private: A Souvenir of France & Salonica. 10h Ed., 64pp., portrait frontis. Nicholson & Sons. nd (c.1918)  #62899
[HLMainPic] The author also published "Rhymes of a Rifleman: A Souvenir of the Trenches" & various "broadsides." He served as a rifleman in the KRRC in France & Salonika, & verses in this work were written on both Fronts. Part of the profits of the book were destined for St. Dunstan's Hostel for blinded Sailors & Soldiers. Little chipped, near VG, & considering that this is the 10th Edition, remarkably scarce. See illustration on our website.   £25

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