Item #014466 The Old Huntsman and Other Poems. Siegfried Sassoon.
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems

The Old Huntsman and Other Poems

London: William Heinemann, 1917. First Edition, First Printing. A Fine Hardcover.

Rebound in modern three-quarter morocco with marbled boards, raised bands, spine tooled in gilt; top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Errata slip tipped-in on contents page. 8vo 21.5 by 14.5 cm (8.5 by 5.75in) First Edition.

One of 740 copies of the English issue out of a total edition of 1000 copies printed; 260 sets of sheets were exported to the U. S.


Fine / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #014466

Contains Siegfried Sassoon's first pieces of World War 1 poetry. This was technically skillful, unflinchingly realistic and honest poetry that revealed a great capacity for empathy as well as satire. The dynamic quality of his war poems, was due to the intensity of feeling which underlay their cynicism.' (Times Literary Supplement)

Background Information:

Siegfried Sassoon is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems about World War I, which brought him public and critical acclaim. Avoiding sentimentality, Sassoon wrote of the horror and brutality of trench warfare and contemptuously satirized generals, politicians, and churchmen for their incompetence and blind support of the war.

He was also well known as a novelist and political commentator. In 1957 he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry. Most of his war poems were written during his hospitalization after being wounded in action. Public reaction to Sassoon's poetry was fierce.

Some readers complained that the poet displayed little patriotism, while others found his shockingly realistic depiction of war to be too extreme.

Even pacifist friends complained about the violence and graphic detail in his work. But the British public bought the books because, in his best poems, Sassoon captured the feeling of trench warfare and the weariness of British soldiers for a war that seemed never to end.

Ref: PoetryFoundation; British Library

Price: $1,200.00