9 December 2020
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
The Old Huntsman. 1917
SASSOON, Siegfried (1886-1967). The Old Huntsman and Other Poems. London: William Heinemann, 1917.
First edition, one of 740 copies, presentation copy to the Uranian poet John Gambril Nicholson with inscription in the recipient’s hand. Nicholson was a member of the underground Order of Chaeronea, a secret society for homosexual men founded in 1897. His annotations to the present work include a note below the sonnet ‘October’ on p.71: ‘At my request he re-modelled this in Mch. 1912 on correct lines’. 1,000 set of sheets of The Old Huntsman, Sassoon's first major collection of poetry, were printed; of these 740 sets were bound up for the first edition, and 260 sent to New York for an American edition. The work is rarely found with the dustjacket. Keynes A15a.
Octavo (218 x 145mm). Errata slip tipped onto lower margin of [A]3r. Original drab-grey boards, printed paper lettering-piece on spine, grey printed dustjacket (a few minor chips). Provenance: John Gambril Nicholson (1866-1931, various pencil annotations, ownership inscription on title dated 4 May 1917 recording receipt of the book ‘From S[iegfried].S[assoon]’) – John Henry v. Schröder (bookplate on upper pastedown).
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