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BULLEN, Keith (Keith Brebner), 1900-1946 & CROMER, John – editors : SALAMANDER : A MISCELLANY OF POETRY.

BULLEN, Keith (Keith Brebner), 1900-1946 & CROMER, John – editors : SALAMANDER : A MISCELLANY OF POETRY.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1947). First edition. Poems from the Cairo group – Juan Almendro, Keith Bullen, John Cromer, Erik de Mauny, G. S. Fraser, John Gawsworth, Raoul Parme, Alan Rook, John Waller, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 128pp. Plates. Portraits. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in white; faint touches of fading at tips; a few slight edge-spots, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in tan, white and black – lightly worn, and reinforced at tips.

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BULLEN, Keith (Keith Brebner), 1900-1946 – editor : SALAMANDER. FOL. IV.

BULLEN, Keith (Keith Brebner), 1900-1946 – editor : SALAMANDER. FOL. IV.

Cairo : Salamander Productions, [1944?]. The fourth issue of this influential wartime magazine – a dozen poems and translations – from A. H. Bullen, Erik de Mauny, G. S .Fraser, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [32]pp. Original stapled wrappers; staples rusted through; lower wrapper a little torn and creased; single worm-hole running right through the production; text tanned; a poor but serviceable copy.

£15

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CARPENTER, Maurice & OTHERS – editors : NEW LYRICAL BALLADS : ANTHOLOGY.

CARPENTER, Maurice & OTHERS – editors : NEW LYRICAL BALLADS : ANTHOLOGY.

London : Editions Poetry London, (1945). First edition. A wartime anthology – with twenty-five poems on the fighting forces, nine on factories, and much else besides. Contributors include Honor Arundel, Maurice Carpenter, Idris Davies, Jack Lindsay, John Manifold, Hubert Nicholson, Paul Potts, John Pudney, John Singer, Randall Swingler, and many others. Edited by Carpenter, Jack Lindsay and Honor Arundel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(viii),164,[ii]pp. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered in gilt; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a design in turquoise, red and white – a little worn, soiled, torn and spotted.

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CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 : THIS OTHER PLANET.

CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 : THIS OTHER PLANET.

London : George Routledge & Sons, (1945). First edition. His second book – a collection of forty wartime poems, including “Outer Seas”, “Training Depot”, “Firing Range”, “Searchlight Battery”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 50,[ii]pp. Original black cloth-backed pale blue boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the original pale blue dust-jacket, lettered in brown – just lightly used and a little worn.

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CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 & GIBSON, R.V. (Ronald Vincent) – editors : POEMS FROM INDIA BY MEMBERS OF THE FORCES.

CURREY, R.N. (Ralph Nixon), 1907-2001 & GIBSON, R.V. (Ronald Vincent) – editors : POEMS FROM INDIA BY MEMBERS OF THE FORCES.

London : Oxford University Press, (1946). First British edition. Includes work by Currey himself, Graham Cherry, Stephen Fenlaugh, “John Gawsworth”, Reg Levy, Alun Lewis, Stuart Piggott, Hugh Shelley, H. H. Tilley, Archibald Wavell, Paul Widdows, and many others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xx,166,[ii]pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in silver; slightly bruised at head; some spotting to endpapers; two ink-marks to contents leaves, but a very good copy in slightly worn dust-jacket. Small bookseller’s stamp of W. & J. Kennedy of Hawick.

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GRAHAM, Virginia (Virginia Margaret), 1910-1993 : SELECTED VERSES BY VIRGINIA GRAHAM : 1939-1945.

GRAHAM, Virginia (Virginia Margaret), 1910-1993 : SELECTED VERSES BY VIRGINIA GRAHAM : 1939-1945.

Welwyn Garden City : [Privately Printed, 1945]. First edition. A collection of sixty-two wartime poems – “Air Raid over Bristol”, “Switch It Off!”, “The Second Front”, “Panic”, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [ii],44,[ii]pp. Original purple wrappers, ruled and lettered in silver; very good. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major UK libraries.

£25

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GUTTERIDGE, Bernard, 1916-1985 : TRAVELLER’S EYE : POEMS.

GUTTERIDGE, Bernard, 1916-1985 : TRAVELLER’S EYE : POEMS.

London : George Routledge & Sons, (1947). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to “Peter & Joan”, signed with forename, and dated (1963) by Bernard Gutteridge. A collection of thirty-five poems, many written while on active service overseas, and including “In September 1939”, “Mandalay”, “The Enemy Dead”, “Sniper”, “Bombay”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 64pp. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; text and endleaves faintly tanned; final two leaves slightly nicked, but a very good, bright and sound copy.

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MOORE, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Herbert), 1920-1999 – editor :  POETRY FROM CAMBRIDGE IN WARTIME : A SELECTION OF VERSE BY MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY.

MOORE, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Herbert), 1920-1999 – editor : POETRY FROM CAMBRIDGE IN WARTIME : A SELECTION OF VERSE BY MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY.

London : Fortune Press, (1946). First edition. Poems from John Bayliss (4), Donald Davie (5), Gavin Ewart (2), Wolf Mankowitz (5), Nicholas Moore (4), B. Rajan (7), Jon Manchip White (3) and many more, with biographical notes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (88)pp. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good and unopened copy in the original white dust-jacket, lettered in Cambridge blue – just lightly worn, and a little faded and dusty at folds and spine. D’Arch Smith 30.

£25

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MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING. [NO. 1].

MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING. [NO. 1].

London : Nicholson & Watson, (1941). First edition. The first of Moore’s occasional wartime anthologies of new writing – with short stories by Kay Boyle, Gerald Kersh, Storm Jameson, Sidney Keyes, Marghanita Laski, William Saroyan, V. S. Pritchett, etc. – and poems from G. S. Fraser, David Gascoyne, Alun Lewis, Norman Nicholson, Anne Ridler, Alan Rook, Vernon Watkins and others. Edited by Moore (with assistance on the poetry from Tambimuttu).
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers by Hof; a touch shaken, but a very good copy in a lightly rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket – the Hof design repeated in full colour.

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MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor :  SELECTED WRITING : NUMBER TWO.

MOORE, Reginald, 1914-1990 – editor : SELECTED WRITING : NUMBER TWO.

.London : Nicholson & Watson, [1942]. First edition. The second of Moore’s occasional wartime anthologies of new writing – with short stories by Elizabeth Bowen (The Demon Lover), Rhys Davies, Gwyn Jones, Gerald Kersh, Howard Spring, etc. – and poems (selected and introduced by Henry Treece) from Alex Comfort, J. F. Hendry, Robert Herring, Emanuel Litvinoff, Norman Nicholson, Herbert Read, Anne Ridler and others.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (160)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in black; very slight fading of extremities, but a very good copy in a slightly worn dust-jacket, just slightly defective at head of spine.

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PROKOSCH, Frederic, 1908-1989 & OTHERS : [COVER TITLE] SOME POEMS IN WARTIME.

PROKOSCH, Frederic, 1908-1989 & OTHERS : [COVER TITLE] SOME POEMS IN WARTIME.

London : Diemer & Reynolds, [ca.1941]. First edition. An ephemeral and undated wartime shilling pamphlet – with five poems from Prokosch, three from Ruthven Todd, two each from Kenneth Allott, Roy Fuller, Nicholas Moore, Anne Ridler, Francis Scarfe, Julian Symons, and one each from Wallace Stevens and George Woodcock.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 20pp. Original cream stapled wrappers, ruled and lettered in red; wrappers a little tanned; staples rusted; upper wrapper with vertical crease and some marking; a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Just two copies located in major UK institutions (British Library and Imperial War Museum).

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PUDNEY, John (John Sleigh), 1909-1977 : DISPERSAL POINT AND OTHER AIR POEMS.

PUDNEY, John (John Sleigh), 1909-1977 : DISPERSAL POINT AND OTHER AIR POEMS.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1943). The third impression of Pudney’s highly popular collection of twenty-three wartime poems, first published the previous year. Includes “Convoy Job”, “The WAAF Corporal”, “The Bomb Dump”, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). 32pp. Original boards; endpapers lightly taneed; a few leaves corner-creased, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket – the jacket lightly used and just a touch sunned. Loosely inserted are some related press-cuttings.

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SOUTHALL, Martin (Martin Rea), 1924-1994 : BEHOLD A PALE HORSE.

SOUTHALL, Martin (Martin Rea), 1924-1994 : BEHOLD A PALE HORSE.

Newport : Envoi Poets, (1987). First edition. A collection of twenty-eight poems, many relating to the Second World War – including “Remembrance Sunday”, “NAAFI Canteen Portsmouth”, “Bellyful”, “Beach-Head Revisited”, etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 28pp. Original red stapled wrappers, lettered and decorated in black; slightly creased, but a good copy.

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WALLER, John (Sir John Stanier), 1917-1995 : THE MERRY GHOSTS.

WALLER, John (Sir John Stanier), 1917-1995 : THE MERRY GHOSTS.

London : Editions Poetry London, (1946). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to Nevill Phillips, with two lines of autograph verse, signed and dated (1948) by John Waller – and with three authorial manuscript corrections in the text. A collection of thirty-five poems written on active service in the Middle East, including “Convoy”, “Soldier under the Stars”, “Lovers in Alexandria”, “September in Cairo”, “Christmas, 1943”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (54)pp. Portrait frontispiece by Sevek. Original stone cloth, lettered on spine in gilt; slightly shaken and a little spotted, but a good copy in the original pink, white and black dust-jacket – rubbed, sunned, very slightly chipped and a little marked and spotted.

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WATSON, Francis (Francis Leslie), 1907-1988 : POEMS IN INDIA.

WATSON, Francis (Francis Leslie), 1907-1988 : POEMS IN INDIA.

London : Keepsake Press, (1962). First edition : [one of 125 copies]. “View from a Dakota” and six other poems dating from the war years in India, where Watson was sometime Director of Counter-Propaganda. Privately printed for the poet’s friends. Loosely inserted is Watson’s printed compliments slip with a two line inscription in his hand.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (12)pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered and decorated in blue; slight cup-mark on upper wrapper, but otherwise a very good copy. Lewis 12.

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