Siegfried Sassoon

Memoirs UK

BRITISH

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Keynes:

A30a

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer

Date:

1928

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (Signed, Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A30b

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer

Date:

1928

Description:

Copy number 41 (of 260), signed. (See below).

Title:

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

Keynes:

A33a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1930

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Second Part). Keynes states “Edges trimmed” however only the top and bottom are trimmed on my copy not the side.

Title:

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Signed, Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A33b

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1930

Description:

Copy number 539 (of 750), signed. (See below).

Title:

Sherston’s Progress

Keynes:

A40a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1936

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Third Part)

Title:

The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston

Keynes:

A41a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1937

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Complete Edition)

Title:

The Old Century and Seven More Years

Keynes:

A42a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1938

Description:

Real Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

The Weald of Youth

Keynes:

A49a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1942

Description:

Real Autobiography (Second Part)

Title:

Siegfried’s Journey

Keynes:

A51a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1945

Description:

Real Autobiography (Third Part)

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (Illustrated Edition)

Keynes:

A30d

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1929

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Illustrated Edition)

Keynes:

A33d

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1931

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Second Part)

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1954

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (Faber Library No.1)

Keynes:

Mentioned

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

This copy 1936

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Faber Library No.2)

Keynes:

Mentioned

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

This copy 1930

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Second Part)

Title:

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Faber Library No.2)

Keynes:

Mentioned

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

This copy 1941

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Second Part)

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Keynes:

Mentioned

Publisher:

Faber & Faber (Q Books)

Date:

1942

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Title:

Sherston’s Progress

Keynes:

Mentioned

Publisher:

Penguin

Date:

1948

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (Third Part)

Title:

The Flower Show Match and Other Pieces

Keynes:

A47

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1941

Description:

Excerpts from Memoirs

Title:

The Old Century and seven more years

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1938

Description:

Real autobiography (First Part). This edition was published using the same sheets as A42a. It states the same publishing details, first published September 1938.

Title:

The Old Century and seven more years

Keynes:

Proof Copy (A42a)

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1938

Description:

Original publisher’s proof copy with review slip laid in.

Title:

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (Educational Edition)

Keynes:

Not collated

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1965 (13th Impression)

Description:

Semi-Fictional Autobiography (First Part)

Were there two different English ‘The Old Century and seven more years’ First Editions?

The Old Century
In the picture on the left we see the 1938 First Edition of The Old Century and seven more years, in its dust jacket (Keynes A42). Next to it is a different edition in red cloth minus jacket, it is shorter in size by around 5mm. The text on the cover is different, and gives only Sassoon’s first initial before his full surname. Unlike the covers, the text throughout the book is identical to that of the other book and it was published by Faber & Faber.
 
Keynes records only one English First Edition, 10,000 copies published on 15th September 1938. A second impression of 2,000 copies was published in the same year. I do not believe the red book is the second impression as it would say so at the front of the book. In this case, the text is identical throughout, stating ‘First published in September Mcmxxxviii’ (see below left)
 
The red book carries the rubber stamp of the Times Book Club on the inside of the back cover. This book may well have been sold by them but it was still published by Faber & Faber during the original print run in September 1938.

The Old Century publish date

Original First Edition

Edition with red covers

Left: Both books carry identical publishing details. Centre and right: Proof that the same printing process was used for both books can be seen on their ‘Contents’ pages where the letter ‘a’ in ‘page’ is incomplete on its top edge, this is a fault in the printing. The two ‘I’s in ‘I I’ are not level, and there is a fault below the last ‘I’ in ‘I 8 I’. This would be impossible without the original printing process being used to produce both books, something that Keynes did not record in his bibliography.

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (Signed, Limited Edition)

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Signature

Bookplate

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man - (Keynes A30b) By Siegfried Sassoon, published 29th October 1928, by Faber & Gwyer Ltd. This was printed on English hand-made paper and limited to 260 numbered copies, each copy was also signed (centre). The copy I now have in my possession is numbered 41. This book was only issued with a transparent tissue dust jacket, and it very rarely survives. I have seen dealers describe it as “missing its pictorial dust jacket,” this was never the case. This edition is larger in size compared to the the first ordinary edition, (22.5 x 14 cm as opposed to 18.5 x 12 cm). Keynes states that this special printing was an afterthought, made when the success of the ordinary edition was assured and the identity of the author known.

I was unaware when I bought this book in an on-line auction that it carried a bookplate. This ought to have been mentioned in the description. Although it does not affect the price, some collectors do not like bookplates in their books. This particular one though is of interest as it is the bookplate of Jean Hersholt (and signed by him), a leading light in radio and films in the first half of the 20th century.

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Signed, Limited Edition)

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

Signature

Photograph and Letter

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer - (Keynes A33b) By Siegfried Sassoon, published 18th September, 1930, by Faber & Faber. This was printed on English hand-made paper and limited to 750 numbered copies, each copy was also signed (centre). The copy I now have in my possession is numbered 539. This book was only issued with a transparent tissue dust jacket, and it very rarely survives. I have seen dealers describe it as “missing its pictorial dust jacket,” this was never the case. This edition is larger in size compared to the the first ordinary edition, (22.5 x 14 cm as opposed to 18.5 x 12 cm). Many of the pages are uncut.

Also included in the purchase of this book was an original photograph of Heytesbury House, taken just inside the original front gates, and an envelope containing a letter from Sassoon, dated 8.8.46, to a Mr. D. G. A. Low Esq. The letter, on Heytesbury House notepaper, talks about ‘Captain Huxtable,’ explaining he was really Captain Ruxton. Sassoon also discusses his mother’s house ‘Weirleigh,’ Paddock Wood, Matfield, and explains how to get there for a “stealthy inspection.” He ends, “I am glad my books have been a pleasure to you I quite understand about your pilgrimage.” Clearly Mr. Low was embarking on a trip to visit locations in Sassoon’s books and had asked for some advice. The letter carries Sassoon’s full signature and is a delight. The full transcript can be found on the Letters page.

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