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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 : OCCUPATION: WRITER.

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

London : Cassell & Co., 1951. First British edition. Collected pieces – short stories, plays, an interview with a dead man, and a mixed bag of essays – on the Treason of Clerks, the madness of hatters, Roman incest, Colonel Blimp’s ancestors, the Pharoah’s chariot wheels, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),276pp. Original red-brown cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge spotted; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy in the attractive period dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly used, but also very good.

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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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