London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1961. 8vo. Limited edition. (First published in 1937.) #5 of 70 copies (only 50 for sale). Signed on the limitation page by the Author and T. S. Eliot. Original blue buckram, gilt, in acetate jacket as issued. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece and the illustration facing page 226 are reproduced from much larger drawings. The map in the notes facing page 193 is also by David Jones. Fine in fine jacket. Item #5063
From T. S. Eliot's A Note of Introduction: 'In Parenthesis was first published in London in 1937. I am proud to share the responsibility for that first publication. On reading the book in typescript I was deeply moved. I then regarded it, and I still regard it, as a work of genius.' The Preface by David Jones ends: 'This writing is called 'In Parenthesis' because I have written it in a kind of space between - I don't know between quite what - but as you turn aside to do something; and because for us amateur soldiers (and especially for the writer, who was not only amateur, but grotesquely incompetent, a knock-over of piles, a parade's despair) the war itself was a parenthesis - how glad we were to step outside its brackets at the end of '18 - and also because our curious type of existence here is altogether in parenthesis.' Winner of the Hawthornden Prize in 1938. One of the uncontested masterpieces to emerge from the First World War reissued in a very limited edition signed by David Jones and T. S. Eliot.
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