9 December 2020
Robert Graves (1895-1985)
Good-bye to All That. 1929
GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985). Good-bye to All That. London: Jonathan Cape, 1929.
First edition, first state, including the passages that would be suppressed at the request of Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon's reaction to Good-bye to All That was immediate: at his outraged insistence, p.290 and pp.341-3 were replaced in all unissued copies – the latter pages because they printed a verse letter from Sassoon to Graves without permission, the former because it describes Sassoon's mother's attempts to communicate with the spirit of her dead son, Siegfried's younger brother Hamo. In a letter to Sassoon dated 13 November 1929, Jonathan Cape wrote: 'after your call this afternoon I made arrangements for the cancel pages to be printed and to have them pasted into such copies [...] as have not already left our premises. I am glad to say that the number of copies which have gone out from here is only a very small percentage of the edition'. Higginson & Williams A32a
Octavo (199 x 135mm). Frontispiece portrait and 7 other illustrations. Original salmon-pink cloth; original printed dustjacket; partly unopened (a few spots to cloth, dustjacket lightly marked with small crease to front panel and minor tear at foot of upper joint).
[Sold with:] – Good-bye to All That. London: Jonathan Cape, 1929. Octavo (199 x 135mm). Frontispiece portrait and 7 other illustrations, erratum slip at p.398 (light scattered spotting). Original salmon-pink cloth; original printed dustjacket (dustjacket with darkened spine and chip at head with loss of a few letters, lightly soiled, a few nicks to extremities). First edition, second state, without the passages referred to above.
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