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Severn And Somme (With The Original Wrapper)
The First UK Printing published by Sidgwick And Jackson in 1917. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Light pushing at the spine ends. The original red cloth boards remain clean with a little light fading in places. Paper label to spine remains bright and intact. Moderate offsetting to the end papers and half title page otherwise very clean internally. Free from erasures and inscriptions. Spare spine label tipped in to the rear as called for. The fragile paper WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. It is the correct First Issue with price of 2/6 net to the spine. Mild edge wear with some loss at the lower spine. Small area of loss at upper spine involving the titling. Closed tear to lower front spine flap and lower rear cover. Toning to the spine, folds and edges. The wrapper remains very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. His first published collection of poems. 46 poems. 69 pages + 2 pages of book adverts. Gurney suffered his first breakdown in 1913. After taking a rest, he seemed to recover and returned to college. Gurney's studies were interrupted by World War I, when he enlisted as a private soldier in the Gloucestershire Regiment in February 1915. At the front, he began writing poetry seriously, sending his efforts to his friend, the musicologist and critic Marion Scott, who worked with Gurney as his editor and business manager. He was in the midst of writing the poems for what would become his first book 'Severn and Somme' when he was wounded in the shoulder in April 1917. He recovered and returned to battle, still working on his book and composing music including the songs 'In Flanders' and 'By A Bierside'. Sidgwick & Jackson accepted 'Severn and Somme' in July, with publication set for the autumn. In the meantime, Gurney was gassed in September the same year and sent to the Edinburgh War Hospital, where he met and fell in love with a VAD nurse, Annie Nelson Drummond, but the relationship later failed. After his release from hospital he was posted to Seaton Delaval, a mining village in Northumberland, where he wrote poems, including 'Lying Awake in the Ward'. His volume 'Severn and Somme' was published in November 1917. A remarkably scarce title to find in any condition let alone with the original wrapper. The only copy we have handled to date.
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