This is a very interesting copy of the 1929 US First Edition of The Heart’s Journey. Keynes, (A28c), states that an unknown number of copies was published in 1929, and at the bottom of the title page was printed the following: NEW YORKHARPER AND BROTHERSMCMXXIXAs can be seen on the right, this copy is printed:PUBLISHERSHARPER AND BROTHERSNEW YORK AND LONDONThe lack of a date or any reference to previous editions at the beginning of this copy seems to confirm that this is an alternative printing of the First Edition and adds to the knowledge we have about this title.
The Hearts Journey: 1929 US First Edition. Keynes A28c
Changes to title page as collated by Keynes
Picture Show - By Siegfried Sassoon, published in 1920 by E. P. Dutton & Co. New York. This book is not new to the web site but on thumbing through it recently I found tucked between the pages a newspaper clipping from 1920 cut from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York), and a leaflet relating to the Rochester Children’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. Sassoon had presented a lecture at the Powers Hotel for the Rochester Branch of the Associate Alumnae of Vassar College. The cutting reported the event which can be seen in full on the America page. Always look through your old books, you never know what you might find hidden there!
Vigils - By Siegfried Sassoon. This is the U.S. edition, published on 17th February 1936 (1,500 copies), by The Viking Press, New York. My copy did not have a dust jacket so I was very pleased to find this example in an online auction. The fact that the jacket looked very rubbed and appeared to be losing its colour was a concern, but I really wanted one with the dust jacket! I was pleasantly surprised when the book arrived however, to find that the cover was not rubbed, and instead it carried a design in blue and white showing a mass of stars in the milky way. Keynes states: “White paper dust jacket printed in blue,” which is slightly misleading as I wasn’t expecting anything other that the title and author. A nice example of a very underrated collection of poems. How can ‘December Stillness,’ be read, as it speaks of nature, youth, memories, and old age, without sadness mingled with delight?
Nativity - By Siegfried Sassoon. Twenty seven copies only printed to protect US copyright in December 1927 by William Edwin Rudge, Mount Vernon, New York. First US edition of Ariel Poem No. 7. Only twelve copies were offered for sale. Not in Keynes.