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SALT-WATER BALLADS. LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS, 1902
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SALT-WATER BALLADS. LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS, 1902
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Masefield, John
SALT-WATER BALLADS. LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS, 1902
8vo (190 x 117mm.), FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, original dark blue buckram (first issue), top edge gilt, collector's chemise and morocco-backed slipcase, contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper, some fading to cloth as usual
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Literature

Simmons [1]; Handley-Taylor, p. 27; Wight [1]; Errington, Masefield A1(a)

Catalogue Note

THE POET'S FIRST BOOK INCLUDING 'SEA-FEVER' ('I must down to the seas again...'), one of the poems that John Betjeman claimed would be 'remembered as long as the language lasts'.

There were three issues of the first edition: 300 copies in dark-blue cloth in 1902 and 150 copies in blue-black cloth in 1903. Both were printed by Grant Richards. Soon after the end of 1904 Richards' firm was declared bankrupt and around 50 copies of the title were issued - with a cancel title - by the De La More Press in 1906. The Elkin Mathews edition comprised the second English edition and was published in 1913 (with many reprints).

John Drinkwater in his memoirs tells of his first meeting with Masefield at Woburn Buildings. He notes 'Masefield left before I did, and I was excited to hear Yeats speak enthusiastically of Salt-Water Ballads'.

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