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GRAVES, Robert.
The Pier-Glass.
London: Martin Secker, 1921 - Octavo. Original patterned boards. With the dust jacket. Spine lightly browned, minor wear to tips, faint offsetting to title page, short closed tear to fore edge of pp. 19–20; a very good copy in the jacket with ink inscription noting date to head of front panel and spine, browned spine with slight cracks, minor loss to head of rear flap. Portrait frontispiece after Benjamin Nicholson, with tissue-guard. First edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket. A manuscript note to the front panel of the jacket notes, "n[o] d[ate], but advt. pages at back date: 1921". The Pier-Glass was Graves's sixth poetry collection written while convalescing from shell-shock and living in a cottage (now called "Dingle Cottage") in the garden of John Masefield on Boar's Hill, just outside Oxford. He was at the time studying English Literature at Oxford University, where he befriended T. E. Lawrence, and was living with his first wife Nancy Nicholson. His Boar's Hill neighbours were fellow war poets Edmund Blunden and Robert Nichols, as well as Robert Bridges and Gilbert Murray. He was there only briefly, from late 1919 until June 1921. Higginson A6. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member
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