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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

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 (Limited Edition of 200 printed)

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 (Library Photo)

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 of 350 copies)

Keynes:

A27b

Publisher:

Faber & Gwyer Ltd.

Date:

1927

Description:

A Poem. This copy Number 256.

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 one of a Limited Edition of 75 (see below)

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 (Limited Edition, Library Photo)

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:

The Augustan Poets - Siegfried Sassoon (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 (Limited edition of 100 copies. This copy ‘E’) (see below)

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 - Limited Edition of 150 copies, this copy number 133

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 - Limited Edition of 35 copies.

Title:

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

Keynes:

A60b

Publisher:

Downside Review

Date:

1959

Description:

Two Poems

Lenten 180

Title:

Lenten Illuminations (Offprint Limited Edition)

Keynes:

A60c

Publisher:

Downside Review

Date:

1959

Description:

Two Poems - Limited Edition of 200 copies, this copy 111.

Title:

Rogation

Keynes:

A61

Publisher:

Marlborough College Press

Date:

1960

Description:

A Poem - A “few” copies were printed.

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:

Arbor Vitae and Unfoldment

Keynes:

A Separate insert in The Path to Peace

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1960

Description:

Two poems

Title:

The Need, The Contention, Nativity

Keynes:

A Separate insert in The Path to Peace

Publisher:

Faber & Faber Ltd

Date:

1960

Description:

Three poems

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

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

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.

Lenten Illuminations

Lenten Illuminations and Sight Sufficient (Keynes A60c) Offprint Limited Edition of 200 copies, by Siegfried Sassoon. Two Poems printed in 1959 on handmade paper by Downside Abbey.

Numbered on the front flap of the wrapper, this copy is number 111.

Lenten Illuminations Limitation Page

Rogation

Rogation, (Keynes A61), one poem by Siegfried Sassoon. This is an absolute rarity - Keynes states “A single leaf of which a few copies were printed at the Marlborough College Press.” The poem, published in 1960, also contains Sassoon’s manuscript correction to the text.

Rogation is so rare it has not been traced to any institution in the UK, and found in just two locations in the US

Collected Poems Proof Copy

Collected Poems PROOF COPY - By Siegfried Sassoon. First English edition published in 1947 by Faber & Faber. Collected Poems (Keynes A52a), was produced in a run of 10,000 copies. This example is an advance proof copy of which very few exist.

The collection included 299 poems from the following: The Old Huntsman, Counter-Attack, Picture Show, Satirical Poems, The Heart's Journey, The Road to Ruin, Vigils and Rhymed Ruminations.

Stanbrook Abbey Press Price List August 1967

Stanbrook Abbey Press Christmas Card

The Stanbrook Abbey Press The Benedictine nuns of Stanbrook in the peaceful Severn valley supported their life of prayer by the work of their hands in crafts including book-binding and fine printing, and by literary work of all kinds. At one time the press was the oldest private press in England and the quality of its printing became second to none. The press printed a number of works by Siegfried Sassoon including single leaf poems, hand illuminated on hand-made paper such as Awaitment and Arbour Vitae & Unfoldment (originally appearing in The Path To Peace), other religious poems such as Ave Atque Vale and Christmas cards.

Above left is a single-fold Stanbrook Abbey Press price list dated August 1967 on machine made paper. Among other work this advertises Awaitment and Arbour Vitae & Unfoldment, and a publication entitled ‘Memento for his 80th Birthday’ dedicated to Sassoon. Butcher E10.

Above right is a single-fold Christmas card printed on Millbourn Lexpar handmade paper by the Press with a verse on the front by Siegfried Sassoon beginning ‘In this meadow starred with spring’, Christmas and New Year greetings are printed inside and on the reverse in blue it states it was printed in England by the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester. The card would have been printed in the mid sixties.

Rhymed Ruminations

Rhymed Ruminations Bookplate

Rhymed Ruminations - from the library of James D Lindsay (DFC) RCAF (Keynes A44c) By Siegfried Sassoon, published in the UK in 1940 by Faber and Faber Ltd. I have just acquired this book, it is not very rare and I already have a copy in my collection with a much better dust jacket. The reason for buying it was the bookplate which immediately attracted my attention as the ownership signature is James D Lindsay. After a little investigation I believe this to be Flight Lieutenant James ‘Doug’ Lindsay (DFC) RCAF.

‘Doug’ Lindsay (born in Canada), was a fighter ace during the Second World War, on one day he shot down three German Messerschmitt 109s in the space of one minute! Later he flew Sabres in the Korean War and shot down two Mig fighter jets. More can be found out about him here www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk/pilotlindsay

In addition to the bookplate (which was probably added after the war), is a handwritten inscription in the form of a line from a poem by Wordsworth: ‘She was a phantom of delight when first she gleamed upon my sight’. The inscription is dated August 1943, Doug was posted to the UK and arrived in England from Canada in March 1943 and joined 403 (RCAF) Squadron in October 1943. Therefore the inscription falls nicely between these two dates. Also, he has signed it with the initial ‘D’, which would be right as it is the initial of his middle name as he was always known as ‘Doug’.

Sometimes, with a little research, the most modest of books can throw up a very interesting association.

Rhymed Ruminations with Envelope

Rhymed Ruminations Limited Edition

Rhymed Ruminations Title Page

Rhymed Ruminations Limitation Page

Rhymed Ruminations by Siegfried Sassoon. Published in 1939 by Siegfried Sassoon and Geoffrey Keynes in a limited edition of 75 copies, printed at the Chiswick Press. A very rare item, this copy also comes with what appears to be the original brown paper envelope in which it was first sold.

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