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Title: Verses.
Description: Privately published [1917]. 1st Edition. Hardcover. ISBN: 0252004787. First edition. Slim 8vo. 32pp. Contemporary binding of full green crushed polished morocco, gilt lettered at the spine and upper board, with five raised bands, and with gilt ruling to the board edges and turn-ins. All edges gilt. Pale green endpapers, with very slight foxing and some offset browning to the margins. Mild wear to corners, board edges, and to spine ends. Hatchard's binder's stamp. Very light spotting to preliminary and concluding leaves. Very good indeed. A loose laid-in note reads: "E.O.Tanwick's copy, with note: This volume of verses was given to me by the author in March 1917 when he spent a month with 184 Siege Battery in the Bois de Bonvigny. He left 184 to take command of 136 Siege Battery. He had been senior scholar of his year at Winchester, and had served I think in India and Malta. He received the DSO in recognition of his services at liaison officer with the RFC. I should think he was killed in April 1917. He was a powerful man in body and mind". The factual information here seems to be correct; certainly, Simonds (known as Jack to his family) was killed in action on 22 April 1917, at the age of 32. These verses, some written during wartime, were privately published by his family and originally issued in wrappers (which are retained here within the binding). Twenty-eight poems including a verse tribute to William Henry Johnston V.C. who was killed in action at Ypres in June 1915. A most uncommon item, and not noted by Reilly. (Jack Simonds' most famous poem, 'If I should die, be very full of pride', was found on his body after his death but is of course not included here, but I understand it was included as a loose one-page insert added to unsold copies after his death). Very Good.

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Price: GBP 250.00 = appr. US$ 357.00 Seller: Clearwater Books
- Book number: BC15469



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