Scarce Deluxe Edition : One of 70 Copies Signed By Both T.S.Eliot And David Jones
Jones, David. : Eliot, T.S. (Introductory Note) ~ In Parenthesis. Seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu : Deluxe Edition Signed By Both Jones and Eliot
Faber and Faber : 1961
The Second Edition published by Faber in 1961. 8vo., original blue buckram , spine lettered on a grey backround within a gilt panel. With frontispiece and full page plate at the rear both by David Jones, and a map in the text. A near Fine copy with just a little light marking in places to the text-block and a hint of fading in a few places to the front board. The pages remain clean. A very small and slight crease to the upper edge corner of some pages - possibly a publisher's production issue. This tour de force by the artist/poet, an innovative prose poem stands as one of the handful of literary works of the First World War to which the term 'great' may justifiably applied. Jones had served in France and Flanders with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. This edition includes an Introduction by T. S. Eliot (Jones's advocate at Faber), and this is the deluxe issue, limited to seventy numbered copies (fifty for sale), specially bound and Signed by both Jones and Eliot to the limitation page. This copy is No. 61. The original glassine cover is present. The author's first book and most celebrated work, which takes the form of an epic prose poem set in the first world war, based on the author's own experiences. It was ten years in the making and was eventually helped to publication by T.S. Eliot, who hailed the book as 'a work of genius'. It won the 1938 Hawthornden prize. Stephen Spender in a review for the NY Times said: 'This work of a poet-painter has its every word chiselled out of experience, and it is probably the World War I monument most likely to survive.' Very scarce.
CONDITION: Near Fine