Sir John Piers

John BETJEMAN

add to my shopping bag

Item#: 111574 price:$2,000.00

Book Image
Alternate image

"A LITTLE APERITIF BETWEEN THE CRISIS & THE CATASTROPHE"

[BETJEMAN, John]. Sir John Piers. By 'Epsilon.'. Mullingar: Westmeath Examiner, [1938]. Slim octavo, original green wrappers; pp. 10. $2000.

First edition of this scarce early Betjeman publication, one of only 50 copies, with corrections to the text in Betjeman's hand.

"'Sir John Piers was merely 50 copies privately printed for circulation among friends'… In a letter to John Hayward, 15 September 1938, Betjeman describes the poem as 'a little aperitif between the crisis & the catastrophe'" (Peterson AA1). All of the copies have corrections in Betjeman's hand on five pages. Taped to the verso of the front wrapper is a note reading in part: "'Epsilon' is the pseudonym used by John Betjeman. The poem was reprinted under his own name in 'New Light for Old Chancels' (1940) and also in his 'Collected Poems' (1950). The ms. corrections in this copy are by the author."

Toning to fragile original wrappers. Early and rare.

add to my wishlist ask an Expert shipping & guarantee
email to a friend share print

This Book has been Viewed 593 Time(s).

Other books from the same author(s)




Author's full list of books

BETJEMAN, John >