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THOMAS, Edward.
Poems.
London: Selwyn & Blount, 1917. London: Selwyn & Blount,, 1917. Octavo. Original grey paper over boards, white paper title printed in black. Photographic portrait frontispiece of the author by Duncan Williams, with tissue guard. Later ownership inscription of the American collector and librarian Charles David Abbott to front free endpaper. Very slight lean to spine, paper label toned, boards clean and fresh; a very good copy. First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged Thomas to write and publish his poetry, and who had written "The Road Not Taken" about his decision to volunteer. The collection includes perhaps Thomas's most famous poem, "Adlestrop". Eckert 242-6; Reilly 311
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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