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The Everlasting Mercy.

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Author: Masefield, John

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Reference #: 1687

Status: For Sale

List Price: $180.00

With Author Letter, Signed


Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., London, 1919; printed by the Riverside Press, Edinburgh. Small octavo in blue cloth. Gilt cover titles, single-ruled in blind; spine uniformly age-toned with worn titles and rubbing at the head and tail; splitting at the rear gutter from the head of the spine, though binding still square and solid. VG overall. The First Edition was published in 1911; this is a reprint from June 1919 of the reset edition of December 1912.

John Edward Masefield (1878-1967) was named poet laureate in 1930, by which time he had published, to general acclaim, both novels and collections of poetry. His autobiographical works were, notably, So Long to Learn (1952) and, shortly before his passing, Grace Before Ploughing, a childhood memoir.

Carefully tipped-in is an a.l.s., on the letterhead of his residence at Boar’s Hill, Oxford, thanking one “Miss Lewis” for hospitality shown Masefield on the occasion of his visit to the Library Society at Marlborough College. A note on that leaf in a different hand dates that event as October 16th, 1921. “F. S. Lewis / Christmas 1921” appears in a fine hand on the front paste-down.

“Each one could be a Jesus mild,
Each one has been a little child,
A little child with laughing look,
A lovely white unwritten book:
A book that God will take, my friend,
As each goes out at journey’s end.” (pp. 18-19)

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