Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Hogarth, Paul. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 447 of 2000, quarto size, 245 pp., signed by Paul Hogarth, with slipcase. Fine. Item #CNJL735
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), a poet and decorated soldier, is best known for his poetry describing his experiences in the trenches during World War I and for criticising the patriotism and nationalism of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for the war. "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer" is a fictionalised account of Sassoon's life during and after World War I, through which he advocates an anti-war stance.
This publication by the Limited Editions Club is illustrated by English artist Paul Hogarth (1917-2001), whose watercolours show the disoriented and desperate state of the characters in scenes of war and violence; in 2014, Hogarth's illlustrations for this book were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
___DESCRIPTION: Full natural linen, illustration of a trumpet by Paul Hogarth stamped in black on the front and rear boards, black lettering on the spine, dark grey endpapers, title page in red and black with decorative border and illustration by Hogarth in black, black-and-white vignettes and full-page watercolours by Hogarth throughout; linotype Baskerville type, Monadnock egg-shell paper, quarto size (10" by 7"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xvii [xviii] [1-2] 3-224 [225-226] [1 colophon], one of 2000 copies, this number 447, signed by Paul Hogarth on the colophon. In a slipcase covered in brown paper, with natural linen top and bottom edges and gilt lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.
___CITATION: LEC no. 519.
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