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LESLIE, Sir John Randolph [Shane] (1885-1971). Poems. [N.p.: privately published for the author,] 1915. 8° (182 x 123mm). 6 leaves printed on laid paper with horizontal chain-lines, together with 12 further leaves with anvil watermark (of which 6 blank at beginning), 5 with ink manuscript poems possibly in the author's hand on rectos, 2 printed poems by Leslie on browned paper pasted in at end with corrections and markings in pencil. (Title and first leaf with light crease to bottom corner, light marginal mark to title, light offsetting from pasted-in poems.) Contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled-paper covered boards, lettered in gilt to upper cover (extremities lightly rubbed, spine faded and more heavily rubbed).
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LESLIE, Sir John Randolph [Shane] (1885-1971). Poems. [N.p.: privately published for the author,] 1915. 8° (182 x 123mm). 6 leaves printed on laid paper with horizontal chain-lines, together with 12 further leaves with anvil watermark (of which 6 blank at beginning), 5 with ink manuscript poems possibly in the author's hand on rectos, 2 printed poems by Leslie on browned paper pasted in at end with corrections and markings in pencil. (Title and first leaf with light crease to bottom corner, light marginal mark to title, light offsetting from pasted-in poems.) Contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled-paper covered boards, lettered in gilt to upper cover (extremities lightly rubbed, spine faded and more heavily rubbed).

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LESLIE, Sir John Randolph [Shane] (1885-1971). Poems. [N.p.: privately published for the author,] 1915. 8° (182 x 123mm). 6 leaves printed on laid paper with horizontal chain-lines, together with 12 further leaves with anvil watermark (of which 6 blank at beginning), 5 with ink manuscript poems possibly in the author's hand on rectos, 2 printed poems by Leslie on browned paper pasted in at end with corrections and markings in pencil. (Title and first leaf with light crease to bottom corner, light marginal mark to title, light offsetting from pasted-in poems.) Contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled-paper covered boards, lettered in gilt to upper cover (extremities lightly rubbed, spine faded and more heavily rubbed).

UNRECORDED UNIQUE COPY OF SHANE LESLIE'S FIRST BOOK. Leslie, first cousin of Winston Churchill, was born at Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, into a wealthy Anglo-Irish family. He converted to Roman Catholicism while up at King's College, Cambridge, adopted Irish nationalism, and started to use the Irish version of his name - Shane. Churchill introduced his cousin to John Redmond, leader of the Irish nationalists, and later to the American orator William Bourke Cockran. In 1912, while in America raising awareness of Irish nationalism, Leslie met and married Marjorie Ide, sister of Anne, the third wife of Cockran. It was at this time that Leslie started to produce poetry. The present work was produced for Leslie's sister-in-law, with the printed note on the title-page: 'OF THIS EDITION THERE IS ONE COPY, which is the property of Anne Ide Cockran ["Cochran" corrected in ink ms]'. During WWI, Leslie was attached to a British ambulance corps, and in 1915 retrieved the body of his brother, Norman, from the battlefield near Armentières. Five manuscript poems present here, entitled 'Poems Written During the War' include one to his deceased brother, and another to Rupert Brooke.
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