new york: Oxford University Press, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing, octavo size, 300 pp. Very good + / near fine. Item #CNJL2425
From the dust jacket flap, "As a composer of songs, Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) has a well-established reputation, but as a poet he has been slow to take his place among the writers of the First World War, although some critics have regarded him as one of the most original and interesting poets of the early twentieth century...
This collection of poems, although not complete, represents the most substantial edition of Gurney’s work to appear so far. It includes more than 300 poems, 117 of which have not been collected before… In 1976 a large collection of manuscript originals came to light, and these have enabled the present editor, to go in most cases behind the [previously known] typescripts, a great many of which prove defective, and to publish what is often a significantly reviewed version of the poem so far known."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in black cloth over boards, gilt lettering on spine; octavo size (8 3/4" x 5 1/2"), pagination: [i-iv] v [vi] vii-xv [1 blank] 1-284. Dust jacket is unclipped, photo reproduction of Gurney on front cover, summary of book, editor bio, and original price on front flap, other poem collections from publisher on rear flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is better than very good, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, tears or creases, and a strong, square text block with solid hinges; the interior has prior owner markings on front and rear endpapers, a tiny smudge on p. 1 and 3, a slight smudge to fore edge, otherwise is clean and bright. Dust jacket is near fine, it is unclipped with original price, with only minuscule shelf wear at head and foot of spine and slight loss of gloss to cover.
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