Item #6404 Alms for Oblivion. Simon Raven.
Alms for Oblivion
Alms for Oblivion
Alms for Oblivion

Alms for Oblivion. 1. The Rich Pay Late; 2. Friends in Low Places; 3. The Sabre Squadron; 4. Fielding Gray; 5. The Judas Boy; 6. Places Where They Sing; 7. Sound the Retreat; 8. Come Like Shadows; 9. Bring Forth the Body; 10. The Survivors.

London: Anthony Blond (Blond & Briggs), 1964-76. 8vo. 10 volumes, set. First editions. Original hardcovers. Anthony Blond had become Blond & Briggs by the time they published the last three volumes of this series. Jacket designs for the first seven volumes by Oliver Elmes. Top edges a bit spotted. Most volumes have a pencil ownership on the fly. All, except Fielding Gray, are signed by the author in blue ink on the title pages and the other volume is inscribed in black ink on the fly, 'Oscar, from Simon. His folly has not fellow, Beneath the blue of day, That gives to man or woman His heart and soul away. (A. E. Housman) September 1967'. A little rubbing to the extremities of most d/ws. The Survivors has a couple of very short closed tears and the top half of the front panel is wrinkled as if it has been damp at some stage. Generally near fine in near fine d/ws. Item #6404

Some rate Alms for Oblivion above Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time as a multi-volume, fictional portrait of mid-20th century Britain. This set belonged to Simon Raven's great friend Lt. Col. J. D. Whitamore, who was known as Oscar after he arrived as a recruit at the Guards Depot at Caterham with a bowler hat and an umbrella and the squaddies said, 'There's a right Oscar'. Or so he said. The soubriquet stuck.

Price: £1,750.00

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