Kingdom Come : The Magazine of War-Time Oxford (Vols. 1 & 2 complete in 8 Issues)
Oxford : 1939 - 41
Sole editions of Vols. 1 & 2 complete in 8 Issues published in Oxford between 1939-41. Vol 1: 135 pages + Ads, Vol 2: 118 pages + Ads. Original stapled wrappers of similar design but varying colours. The issues are in Very Good++ condition. Lightly nicked and soiled which is heavier in the latter respect on issue Vol 1, No. 4. A notable publication described in the TLS as ' the first literary journal to appear in Britain after the start of the Second World War'. Volume 1 was edited by John Waller and Kenneth Harris, with the latter replaced by Miles Vaughan Williams for the second run (with all three names appearing , alongside Mildred Clinkard in the transitional Vol 1, No. 4). The magazines feature an impressive line-up of contributors: Waller and others of the Salamander Group , Naomi Mitchison, Kay Boyle, Emmanuel Carnevali, Norman Nicholson, Nevill Coghill (who takes T.S.Eliot to task for the 'vice of facetiousness' in a forthright review of 'East Coker'), Christina Foyle, G.S. Fraser's translations of Andre Breton, Paul Eluard & Georgio de Chirico, C. Day Lewis, John Middleton Murray, Nicholas Moore, Marie Stopes, Frederick Prokosch, Ruthven Todd, Laurence Whistler, Laurence Housman, Henry Greece, Edmund Blunden and many more. Richard Adams, then of Worcester College, makes a brief (but non-literary) appearance in the second number, as a Sales manager, and then reappears with a poetic contribution in the fourth. The cover design is rendered in varying colour combinations - a striking design by Baptista Gilliat-Smith of a cocktail party shattered by an aerial incursion. The literary contributions are similarly engaged with ongoing events, with the delay between the last number of the first volume and the first number of the next explained by 'the bombing of London'. The magazine continued to a third sequence, not present here. A very good set and scarce as such.
CONDITION: Very Good++