1914 and Other Poems

BROOKE, Rupert. 1914 and Other Poems.

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BROOKE, Rupert 1914 and Other Poems. London: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., 1915.

8vo. Original dark blue cloth, paper label to spine; pp. 63, [i]; with frontis portrait of the author behind tissue guard and an additional paper label still tipped-in to final blank; first and last few pages foxed and offset, with previous ownership inscriptions to ffep (one contemporary); the paper label, which is often replaced, is here browned and chipped, but the spare is complete and unused.
First edition, printed at the Complete Press, West Norwood, London. Brooke's posthumous second book.
"Rupert Brooke died of blood poisoning on his way to the Dardanelles in Turkey. His five war sonnets caught the spirit of the times with a country yet to feel the full impact of the devastation that war would bring. Brooke’s sonnet ‘The Soldier’ is one of the most famous war poems ever written. This collection of poetry outsold most others of the time, reaching an incredible 24th reprint by 1918. Brooke was once described as ‘the handsomest young man in England’ by the poet W B Yeats. This, together with his tragic death and idealistic poems, was to raise Brooke to an almost mythical heroic status." (BL).
Keynes 6.