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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : WHIPPERGINNY.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : WHIPPERGINNY.

London : William Heinemann, (1923). First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. An important early collection, with Graves’s introductory note on their genesis. “The strange word, whipperginny, is that of an obsolete card game, and is used to describe the mood of this book, expressed in fifty-one ingenious poems, each instinct with an idea intended to show an increasing detachment from a ‘painful war neurosis’“ (The Graphic, 24th March 1923). Includes “A Lover since Childhood”, “Children of Darkness”, “Christmas Eve”, “The Turn of a Page”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(72)pp. Original patterned boards in a cobbled design in magenta and black; red paper labels; a touch rubbed; spine label a little sunned; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the rarely-seen jacket lightly tanned and with extensive repairs to spine, utilising portions of the inner flaps.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : POEMS 1926-1930.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : POEMS 1926-1930.

London : William Heinemann, 1931. First edition : [one of 1,000 copies]. A collection of forty-five poems, including “Thief”, “Castle”, “Bay of Naples”, “To the Reader over my Shoulder”, “Dragons”, “The Age of Certainty”, etc. “It must also be remarked about Mr. Graves that though a modern of the moderns, and for all his exclusiveness, there is nothing freakish in his technique. The above extract, for example, might quite well have come out of Shakespeare” (Liverpool Daily Post, 4th March 1931).
Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],(90),[ii]pp. Original maroon cloth, overprinted in a white cobbled design [by William Nicholson]; mauve paper labels, printed in black, on spine and upper cover; a few faint edge-spots, but a very good, crisp and sound copy, with the spare title-label tipped in at rear. With the ownership inscription of Clare Pakenham.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

London : Arthur Barker, 1934. First editions of the two separately published volumes of Graves’ “I Claudius” masterpiece. “I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as ‘Claudius the Idiot’, or ‘That Claudius’, or ‘Claudius the Stammerer’, or ‘Clau-Clau-Claudius’ or at best as ‘Poor Uncle Claudius’, am now about to write this strange history of my life ...”.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (213 x 132mm). 494; (576)pp. Folding genealogical tables. Bound in a handsome recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; the original cloth backstrips preserved at the rear of each volume; a few internal marks and spots, but overall a very good and sound set. Higginson A42a / A43a.

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : AT THE GATE : POEMS.

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : AT THE GATE : POEMS.

[London] : Privately printed, 1974. First edition : one of 500 copies (of 536) numbered and signed by Robert Graves. A collection of twenty poems, with Graves’ own foreword – “At least I never repeat myself, and I have never yet been accused of imitating my contemporaries or predecessors”. Includes “Earlier Lovers”, “The Moon’s Tear”, “The Ugly Secret”, etc. Printed at the Stellar Press at Hatfield.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (48)pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean, and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket with just two tiny nicks, but also very good.

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