Copy No. 1 of this epic prose poem.
JONES, David. ELIOT, T.S. (Introductory Note) In Parenthesis. Seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu. London: Faber and Faber, 1961.
8vo., original blue buckram , spine lettered on a grey backround within a gilt panel; with frontispiece and full page plate at the rear both by David Jones, and a map in the text; pp. [ii], xv, [vii], 224, [iv]; a fine copy.
Second edition of this tour de force by the artist/poet, an innovative prose poem which stands as one of the handful of literary works of the First World War to which the term "great" may justifiably applied. Jones served in France and Flanders with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. This edition includes an Introduction by T. S. Eliot (Jones's advocate at Faber), and this is the deluxe issue, limited to seventy numbered copies (fifty for sale), specially bound and signed by Jones and Eliot. This copy No. 1.
The author's first book and most celebrated work, which takes the form of an epic prose poem set in the first world war, based on the author's own experiences. It was ten years in the making and was eventually helped to publication by T.S. Eliot, who hailed the book as "a work of genius" (Introduction). In 1938 it won the Hawthornden prize, and Stephen Spender, in a review for the NY Times said: "This work of a poet-painter has its every word chiselled out of experience, and it is probably the World War I monument most likely to survive."