SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Solitude. London: Hogarth Press, 1938.
8vo., original vellum-backed burnt orange cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; outer edge untrimmed; pp. [iv], 5-56, [viii]; a near-fine copy, just the odd spot and very faint toning to the text block.
Limited edition, No. 78 of just 100 copies signed by the author.
“Now to my little death the pestering clock / Beckons, – but who would sleep when he might wake?” begins Sackville-West’s Solitude. Written in Iambic Pentameter and published just one year before the outbreak of the second world war, this 56 page poem explores the contrast between nature and books as well as nature and the Christian God as she questions the purpose of life and suffering. It also contains many of the themes for which she was best known, including references to mythological figures and conflicts of sexuality.