Poetry London
Poetry London


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Complete in 23 volumes.

POETRY LONDON; [TAMBIMUTTU, Ed.]. Poetry London. London & New York: Printed by W. P. S., Ltd, Langley & Sons, W. Heffer & Sons... Feb 1939-Summer 1960.

8vo., a complete run of 23 volumes [Poetry London], plus 4 volumes [London-New York]; all in decorative wrappers, aside from Issue 10 which is in beige cloth with a dustwrapper designed by Gerald Wilde; subscription slips attached at rear to Vols 1, 2, 3, 6, 17, 18, 19, 20, to the front of 21, and laid loose in 22, with annotated advertisement letter laid loose into Vol. 1 of the New York issue; advertisment for 'The Fortune Poets' printed in red and inserted loose into Vol. 5; some spines a little rubbed, with the staples rusting in places; some overall light toning/ shelfwear and the odd crease; one or two light spots; dustwrapper of issue 10 chipped and rather creased, with some closed tears and previous ownership name to ffep; still a very good set overall, for the most part remarkably clean, the covers retaining much brightness.
A compelte run of this acclaimed London journal, including all four of the issues published when the editor was in New York. Issue 1 is signed by several of the poets by their respective contributions, including Walter de la Mare, Clifford Dyment, Audrey Beecham, Herbert Read, Stephen Spender (twice), Lawrence Durrell (twice), Philip O'Connor and Dorian Cooke; the photographer Edwin Smith signs beneath his photo of a tree. Both black and white and colour photographs begin to appear from issue 6, and the volumes become noticeably fatter after this.
The magazine immediately established itself as a major gathering place for British poets. Issue 1 was priced one shilling, and contributors included Dylan Thomas, Louis Macneice, Stephen Spender, Lawrence Durrell, Nicholas Moore and Walter de la Mare. These names also appear in later issues, as do Keith Douglas, Michael Hamburger, Patrick Kavanagh, Henry Miller, Stevie Smith, R. S. Thomas, Herbert Read, David Gascoyne, James Kirkup, G. S. Fraser, Alun Lewis, Kathleen Raine, Anne Ridler, W. S. Graham, Sidney Keyes, Boris Pasternak, Edwin Muir, Donald Davie, Vernon Watkins, Harold Pinter, Gavin Ewart, John Walker, Roy Campbell, Robert Graves and Christopher Logue.
The New York issues include American poets such as E.E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, Theodore Roethke, Richard Farina and Allen Ginsberg. Several of the cover designs are by Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland, with a full-colour insert by Sutherland in Vol. 9, and in the hardbound issue there is included a suite of lithographs by Gerald Wilde illustrating T. S. Eliot's Rhapsody on a Windy Night, while issue 7 has a review by George Orwell of several titles by Eliot.
Scarce in this complete form.