1914 and Other Poems.

BROOKE Rupert (1915.)

£600.00  [First Edition]

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"If I should die, think only this of me..."

[Edited by Edward Marsh]. Frontispiece portrait of Brooke after Sherril Schell. First edition. 8vo., original black cloth, printed paper label. London, Sidgwick and Jackson.


The first edition of Brooke's second book of poems, published posthumously. One of only 1000 copies printed. 'The Treasure' and the five 'War Sonnets' were written in the autumn of 1914, shortly after the outbreak of WW1. Originally printed in the publication New Numbers, 'The Soldier' achieved widespread fame when it was read by the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral during East Sunday service 1915, three weeks prior to Brooke's death. He died en route to Gallipoli, 23 April 1915, and was buried on the island of Skyros. 

1914 and Other Poems also contains poems written during Brooke's time spent in the South Seas, particularly the island Tahiti, where he met Taatamaata, the Mamua of 'Tiare Tahiti', one of of Brooke's most enduringly evocative poems from his travels.

Minor bumping to edges, paper label on spine uniformly age-toned and with a minor chip, some age-toning to front and rear free endpapers, otherwise near fine.

Stock Code: 233847

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