Scarce Limited Edition
Sassoon, Siegfried ~ Vigils : Signed Limited Edition : With The Publisher’s Prospectus / ‘Proposal’
Privately printed for Douglas Cleverdon : 1934
The sole UK printing privately printed for Douglas Cleverdon in 1934. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Small quarto, original full tan morocco with just some light age related markings. Top edge gilt others uncut . The Signed limited first edition, this being number '9' of only 303 copies signed and numbered by Sassoon on the colophon. These 22 poems 'were engraved on copper by Charles Sigrist, and printed May, 1934. The frontispiece was designed and engraved by Stephen Gooden.' After production of this limited edition, the plates were destroyed. The book is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. Loosely inserted is the 4 page Publisher's Prospectus/'Proposal' which is in Very Good++ condition with just a mild horizontal crease to the lower half and little offsetting to the rear plain cover. Rupert Hart-Davis records that Sassoon 'longed for praise and recognition, but he was so instinctively reclusive, so unsure of his gifts and afraid of making a fool of himself, that he preferred his poems to appear first in small and expensive limited editions' (Sassoon, Diaries 1915-1918, 10). Keynes A39. An excellent copy of this increasingly scarce Sassoon limited edition.
CONDITION: Near Fine