READ, Herbert. Naked Warriors. Art and Letters, London, 1919.
Small 8vo. Original paper covered boards, printed in red with title and Vorticist design by Wyndham Lewis; pp.60; a very good copy of a fragile book, some spine fading and wear to spine and a contemporary newspaper review cutting for his first book The Sense of Glory pasted to front endpaper (offset to half-title).
First edition. The second book of poetry by Herbert Read, a poet and art historian who co-founded the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This book draws on his experiences fighting in the trenches of the First World War, and is an early example of openly anti-war poetry. Read is commemorated in Westminster Abbey as one of the 16 great war poets in Poets' Corner. Read was acquainted well with T.S Eliot, who called Naked Warriors "the best war poetry that I can remember having seen".