[SASSOON, Siegfried (1886-1967).] Lingual Exercises for Advanced Vocabularians. Cambridge: Privately Printed at the University Press, 1925. 8° (215 x 141mm). (Some spotting.) Original brown buckram, spine titled in gilt (some fading and marking, spine-ends chipped). Provenance: Harold Edward Monro (1879-1932, with his name and the date 18 June 1926 added in Sassoon's hand on the limitation leaf) -- Dr Lionel Dakers CBE (1924-2003). FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 90 COPIES INITIALED BY THE AUTHOR. With an autograph correction by Sassoon on p. 10, changing 'juvescent' to 'inaugural'. Keynes A23. [With, loosely inserted:] S. SASSOON. Autograph letter signed (Siegfried Sassoon') to Lionel Dakers, Heytesbury, 21 February 1953, ½ page, 4°. HAROLD MONRO'S COPY, WITH A LETTER FROM SASSOON ABOUT THE SCARCITY OF THE WORK. Sassoon writes to Dakers that 'Lingual Exercises is not easy to find, as none of the 99 copies were for sale', but that three other works -- Vigils, Picture Show, and The Heart's Journey -- are obtainable, suggesting that Elkin Mathews may be able to locate copies. The previous owner of this copy was Harold Monro, one of the most important figures in the promotion of poetry in the early years of the century; he was the founder of The Poetry Bookshop (which had published Graves' Over the Brazier and where Sassoon had read his poetry) and publisher of The Poetry Review and the Georgian Poetry series (which had included poems by Sassoon).
S. SASSOON. Satirical Poems. London: The Westminster Press for William Heinemann Ltd, 1926. 8° (188 x 130mm). Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board, dustwrapper (slightly rubbed and marked). Provenance: Nellie Burton (autograph presentation inscription on half-title 'Dame Nellie. With love from SS [monogram]. June. 1st. 1926') -- Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith (1909-1996) and his wife Judith Adams Nowell-Smith (their respective booklabels) -- Dr Lionel Dakers CBE (1924-2003). Exhibited: Oxford, Bodleian Library Wordsworth to Robert Graves and Beyond, November 1983-January 1984, no. 76. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY TO ROBBIE ROSS'S LANDLADY. 'Dame' Nellie Burton had been Robbie Ross's mother's maid, and then became a landlady, renting out sets of rooms in 40 Half Moon Street, London, where Ross had rooms in which Sassoon frequently visited him; Burton was 'a huge, forthright woman whom Sassoon came to adore -- she called him "my beloved Saint Siegfried" -- and a fierce protector of her "gentleman" lodgers (many of whom were homosexual)' (M. Egremont, Siegfried Sassoon, London: 2005, p. 84). 2,000 sets of sheets of the first edition were printed, of which 1,500 sets were bound up for the first edition (the remainder were used for the American edition). Keynes A26a. (3)