Siegfried Sassoon

Poetry UK

Poetry published from 1917

Title:

The Old Huntsman and Other Poems

Keynes:

A15

Publisher:

William Heinemann

Date:

1917

Description:

Collection of 72 Poems

Title:

Four Poems (Picture from Alan Hewer)

Keynes:

A16

Publisher:

The Cambridge Magazine

Date:

1918

Description:

Reprints from The Cambridge Magazine.

Title:

Counter-Attack and Other Poems

Keynes:

A17

Publisher:

William Heinemann

Date:

1918

Description:

Collection of 39 Poems

Title:

A Literary Editor

Keynes:

A18

Publisher:

Daily Herald

Date:

1919

Description:

Poems and Announcements

Title:

Picture Show (Picture from Alan Hewer)

Keynes:

A19

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

1919

Description:

Collection of 34 Poems

Title:

War Poems

Keynes:

A20

Publisher:

William Heinemann

Date:

1919

Description:

Collection of 64 Poems

Title:

Lines Written in the Reform Club

Keynes:

A21

Publisher:

Favil Press

Date:

1921

Description:

38 Lines in the Eighteenth Century Manner

Title:

Recreations

Keynes:

A22

Publisher:

Printed for the Author by the Chiswick Press

Date:

1923

Description:

Collection of 24 Poems

Title:

Lingual Exercises

Keynes:

A23

Publisher:

Privately Printed, Cambridge University Press

Date:

1925

Description:

Collection of 21 Poems

Title:

Selected Poems

Keynes:

A24

Publisher:

William Heinemann Ltd

Date:

1925 (The dust jacket shown is a January 1935 7th Edition)

Description:

Collection of 67 Poems

Title:

Augustan Books of Modern Poetry

Keynes:

A25

Publisher:

Ernest Benn Ltd.

Date:

1926

Description:

Collection of 32 Poems

Title:

Augustan Books of Poetry No. 28

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Ernest Benn Ltd.

Date:

1933

Description:

Collection of 32 Poems

Title:

Satirical Poems

Keynes:

A26

Publisher:

William Heinemann Ltd

Date:

1926

Description:

Collection of 32 Poems

Title:

Satirical Poems (Second English Edition)

Keynes:

A26c

Publisher:

William Heinemann Ltd

Date:

1933

Description:

Collection of 37 Poems

Title:

Nativity, Ariel Poems No. 7

Keynes:

A27a

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1927

Description:

A Poem

Title:

Nativity, Ariel Poems No. 7 (Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A27b

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1927

Description:

A Poem

Title:

The Heart’s Journey (Signed Limited Edition of 590 copies) (See below)

Keynes:

A28

Publisher:

New York: Crosby Gaige. London: William Heinemann Ltd.

Date:

1927

Description:

Collection of 28 Poems

Hearts Journey DJ 179

Title:

The Heart’s Journey

Keynes:

A28b

Publisher:

William Heinemann Ltd

Date:

1928

Description:

Collection of 35 Poems

Title:

To My Mother, Ariel Poems No. 14

Keynes:

A29a

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1928

Description:

A Poem

Title:

To My Mother, Ariel Poems No. 14 (Limited Edition) (See bottom of page)

Keynes:

A29b

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1928

Description:

A Poem. This book was printed in a limited edition of 500 copies each signed by the author, this is copy number 169.

Title:

A Suppressed Poem

Keynes:

A31

Publisher:

Privately Printed ‘The Unknown Press.’

Date:

Dated 1919 but could not have been before 1929

Description:

Verse Poem first published in ‘Good-Bye To All That’ by Robert Graves.

Title:

On Chatterton (Library photo)

Keynes:

A22

Publisher:

Privately Printed (Blakeney’s Press)

Date:

1930

Description:

A Poem

Title:

In Sicily

Keynes:

A34a

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1930

Description:

A Poem

Title:

In Sicily, Ariel Poems No. 27 (Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A34b

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd.

Date:

1930

Description:

Poem. This copy No.310 of 400, signed by Sassoon

Title:

Poems by Pinchbeck Lyre

Keynes:

A35

Publisher:

Duckworth

Date:

1931

Description:

Collection of 14 Poems

Title:

To The Red Rose, Ariel Poems No. 34

Keynes:

A36a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd.

Date:

1931

Description:

A Poem

Title:

To The Red Rose, Ariel Poems No. 34 (Limited Ed) (See bottom of page)

Keynes:

A36b

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd.

Date:

1931

Description:

A Poem. This copy No.387 of 400, signed by Sassoon

Title:

Prehistoric Burials (Borzoi Chapbooks)

Keynes:

A37

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf

Date:

1932

Description:

A Poem

Title:

The Road to Ruin (See bottom of page))

Keynes:

A38

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1933

Description:

Collection of 7 Poems

Title:

Vigils (Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A39

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

1934

Description:

Collection of 22 Poems. This copy No 66 of 212.

Title:

Vigils (Proposal)

Keynes:

Mentioned with A39

Publisher:

Douglas Cleverdon

Date:

1934

Description:

Proposal for Privately Printed Edition of Vigils

Title:

Vigils (Large Paper Edition)

Keynes:

A39b

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

 

Description:

Collection of Poems

Title:

Vigils (Vellum Edition)

Keynes:

A39c

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

 

Description:

Collection of Poems

Title:

Vigils

Keynes:

A39d

Publisher:

William Heinemann Ltd

Date:

1935

Description:

Collection of 35 Poems

Title:

On Poetry

Keynes:

A43

Publisher:

University of Bristol

Date:

1939

Description:

A Lecture

Title:

Rhymed Ruminations (Limited Edition) (Auction photo)

Keynes:

A44a

Publisher:

Chiswick Press

Date:

1939

Description:

Collection of 33 Poems

Title:

Rhymed Ruminations (Special Edition of 3 Copies)

Keynes:

A44b

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

1931

Description:

Collection of 33 Poems

Title:

Rhymed Ruminations

Keynes:

A44c

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1940

Description:

Collection of 42 Poems

Title:

Poems Newly Selected

Keynes:

A45

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1940

Description:

Collection of 58 Poems

Title:

Early Morning Long Ago

Keynes:

A46

Publisher:

Chiswick Press

Date:

1941

Description:

Excerpt from The Weald of Youth

Title:

Two Poems

Keynes:

A48

Publisher:

Hamo Sassoon

Date:

1941

Description:

Two Poems

Title:

Augustan Book

Keynes:

A50

Publisher:

Eyre & Spottiswoode

Date:

1943

Description:

A Collection of 48 Poems

Title:

Collected Poems

Keynes:

A52a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1947

Description:

Collection of 299 Poems

Title:

Common Chords (See below)

Keynes:

A54

Publisher:

Stanford Dingley, the Mill House Press

Date:

1950

Description:

A Collection of 18 Poems, Limited to 107 copies.

Title:

Emblems of Experience

Keynes:

A55

Publisher:

Privately Printed, The Rampant Lion Press

Date:

1951

Description:

A Collection of 20 Poems

Title:

The Tasking (Auction photo)

Keynes:

A56

Publisher:

Privately Printed, University Press, Cambridge

Date:

1954

Description:

A Collection of 24 Poems

Title:

An Adjustment

Keynes:

A57

Publisher:

Raymond Lister

Date:

1955

Description:

A Drama

Title:

Sequences

Keynes:

A58a

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Date:

1956

Description:

Collection of 62 Poems

Title:

Sequences (Limited Edition of 25 for the Author)

Keynes:

A58b

Publisher:

Privately Printed

Date:

1956

Description:

Collection of 58 Poems

Title:

Poems

Keynes:

A59

Publisher:

The Marlborough College Press

Date:

1958

Description:

Collection of 58 Poems

Title:

Lenten Illuminations

Keynes:

A60a

Publisher:

Privately Printed, University Press, Cambridge

Date:

1958

Description:

Two Poems

Title:

Lenten Illuminations (Offprint Edition) (See bottom of page)

Keynes:

A60b

Publisher:

Downside Review

Date:

1959

Description:

Two Poems

Title:

Lenten Illuminations (Offprint Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A60c

Publisher:

Privately Printed, University Press, Cambridge

Date:

1959

Description:

Two Poems

Title:

Rogation

Keynes:

A61

Publisher:

Marlborough College Press

Date:

1960

Description:

A Poem

Title:

The Path to Peace (Ordinary Limited Edition) (See bottom of page)

Keynes:

A62a

Publisher:

Stanbrook Abbey Press

Date:

1960

Description:

A Collection of 29 Poems. This book was printed in a limited edition of 500 copies, this is copy number 388

Title:

The Path to Peace (Special Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A62b

Publisher:

Stanbrook Abbey Press

Date:

1960

Description:

A Collection of 29 Poems

Title:

Proposal The Path to Peace

Keynes:

A62b Associated

Publisher:

Stanbrook Abbey Press

Date:

1960

Description:

A Collection of 29 Poems

Title:

Awaitment

Keynes:

A Separate insert in The Path to Peace

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1960

Description:

The Poem ‘Awaitment’

Title:

Collected Poems 1908 - 1956

Keynes:

A63

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1961

Description:

Collection of 361 Poems

Title:

An Octave (Limited Edition of 350, this No. 307) (See below)

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Shenval Press

Date:

1966

Description:

Collection of 8 Poems, in Slipcase

Title:

Something About Myself (See below)

Keynes:

Not Collated

Publisher:

Stanbrook Abbey Press

Date:

1966

Description:

A Poem

The Heart's Journey Signed Limited Edition 1927

The Heart’s Journey, First English Limited Edition (Keynes A28). New York: Crosby Gaige, London: William Heinemann, Ltd. 1927. This edition was limited to 590 copies, of which 250 were for sale in the United Kingdom, each copy being signed by the author, Siegfried Sassoon.

Left: Printed front of the dust jacket. right: Title page, with Sassoon’s full signature between the two rosettes.

The book contained 28 poems and this particular copy is uncut, the top edges of each pair of pages remain joined together.

The Heart's Journey Signed Limited Edition 1927

Lenten Illuminations

Lenten Illuminations and Sight Sufficient (Keynes A60b), by Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1959 by the Downside Abbey Press. This copy is inscribed to Elenor (Farjeon) from Rumer (Godden).

Farjeon (1881-1965) was an English author and Catholic who published many books, mostly for children. She also wrote the song “Morning Has Broken.” Her brother, Herbert, was a conscientious objector and a supporter of Sassoon during the period of his protest.

Rumer Godden (1907-1998) was also a prodigious author, turning to Catholicism in the early 1950’s. She wrote among other books, ‘The Black Narcissus’ and ‘Greengage Summer.’

Inscription

Road to Ruin

The Road to Ruin, (Keynes A38) First Edition, published by Faber and Faber in 1933. The book is collection of seven poems warning of a future war.

This book came with a Review Slip (right) from the publisher asking the recipient to write a review and stating that the book was to be published on November 9th, 1933, at 2/6 net. The slip goes on to request that the review should not appear before the date of publication.

Thanks to my wife Mandy who gave me this book today (2011) for my birthday.

Road to Ruin Review

To The Red Rose

To the Red Rose (Keynes A36b), by Siegfried Sassoon, published on 8th October, 1931, by Faber & Faber. Illustration inside by Stephen Tennant.

This edition, number ‘387’ is one of only 400 copies published and is signed and numbered by Siegfried Sassoon.

It was preceded by the Ordinary Edition (Keynes A36), which was No. 34 of the Ariel Poems series.

To The Red Rose Signature

The Path To Peace

The Path To Peace

The Path To Peace

The Path To Peace, By Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1960 by the Stanbrook Abbey Press. This hardback book contains 29 poems, one, Awaitment, was laid in loose. The text is printed in black and blue on Hodgkinson’s handmade paper. The initial to the first line of the first poem is done by hand in burnished gold, the first initial to all of the other poems is done by hand in red. In the copy collated by Keynes, (A62), the ‘A’ in Awaitment is done by hand in green, in the copy I have, (right), which once belonged to Siegfried Sassoon, the ‘E’ is in red. The book has a cellophane dust jacket (top left).

(Top right) Towards the back of the book the following details are printed: “This book is handset in Jan van Krimpen’s Romulus Cancellaresca Bastarda printed in Great Britain at the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester, during September & October 1960 bound by George Percival and Rigby Graham in a limited edition of 500 copies, comprising 20 copies on Millbourne handmade paper, bound in full vellum hand-lettered & gilded by Margaret Adams 480 copies on W. S. H. handmade paper, quarter-bound in vellum hand-lettered initials. Copy number 388 initials by Wendy Westover, gilding by Margaret Adams.”
Awaitment

An Octave with Slipcase

An Octave Title and Photograph

An Octave, By Siegfried Sassoon, a hardback book with slipcase, published on 8th September 1966 “By a small group of his many friends and admirers.” There is a long list of subscribers at the back of the book which was printed by the Shenval Press, and has an Introduction by Charles Causley who wrote that the book contained a “group of [eight] devotional poems written at intervals during the seven years following 1957.” This book was printed in a limited edition of 350 copies, of which 100 were presented to Sassoon on his eightieth birthday and 250 were reserved for subscribers. This copy is number 307.

Common Chords

Common Chords Title

RELEASE Common Chords

Common Chords

Common Chords

Common Chords, By Siegfried Sassoon, (Keynes A54), published in 1950 by Stanford Dingley and the Mill House Press. This hardback book of 18 poems was printed in a limited edition of 107 copies on handmade paper, seven of which were printed on white parchment. The two word title was printed in blue, and the titles of each poem in crimson.

Something About Myself

Something About Myself

Something About Myself Title

Something About Myself, By Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1966 by the Stanbrook Abbey Press. This book, which was a short biography of a cat, written by Sassoon when he was eleven, was printed in a limited edition of 220 copies on handmade paper and was presented in a buckram flapcase. Printed  on the second front endpaper: ‘From the manuscript MORE POEMS by S. L. Sassoon, with illustrations. For Mamsy from Siegfried. October 20th-December 25th, 1897.’ Printed on the rear endpaper: ‘Written and illustrated by Margaret Adams reproduced from line blocks made by Siviter Smith Ltd. printed in England at the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester on Millbourn Lexpar. Cover paper by Barcham Green Ltd. September 8th 1966.’

To My Mother 220

Mother 1 220

Mother 2 220

Mother 3 180

To My Mother (Limited Edition) - A poem by Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1928 by Faber & Gwyer Ltd. This was the large paper edition printed on handmade paper (Curwen Press), limited to 500 copies. Each copy was signed by Sassoon, this copy being number 169. Along with the poem the book also contains two drawings by Stephen Tennant. The contents of the book are the same as the ordinary edition, No. 14 in the Ariel Poems Series, published in the same year.

Counter Attack with Dust Jacket

Counter Attack Cover

Counter-Attack and Other Poems, by Siegfried Sassoon, published in October 1918 by William Heinemann. This book is of course not the First Edition which was published in June 1918 in paperback. This is a hardback edition with dust jacket and is interesting because although Keynes states it was reprinted in August 1918 (1,000), September 1918 (1,000), January 1919 (1,500), stating that a total number of 5,000 were printed (including the First Edition); he does not mention this October 1918 edition. It is likely that 1,000 copies were also printed in October, which pushes the total up to 6,000 in all.

Newly Selected Paperback

POEMS Newly Selected, by Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1942 by Faber & Faber. This is an interesting book as Keynes appears to have missed it. He records the First Edition, published on 14th November, 1940, (3,000 copies), and a second issue published on 4th January, 1949, (3,300 copies). Both printed by Western Printing Services, Bristol. This copy is a paperback with dust jacket from the same printers. It is a fourth impression printed in October 1942, and the book also records a second impression, February 1941, and a third in December 1941. Yet again this web site has identified more missing editions from Sassoon’s bibliography.

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