London: Chatto & Windus, 1920. First edition. A very Nearly Fine copy of the book, with slight discoloration to the spine and some offsetting on the end-papers from the rare dust jacket. Restored dust jacket in Very Good condition, with small chips from the corners and spine ends restored, and a larger portion of the lower spine renewed. Extremely rare in jacket. Only two copies appear in the modern auction record, Sotheby's 2007 (selling for roughly $7,500) and Bonhams 2008 (selling for roughly $5,200 as the pound devalued against the dollar).
An English soldier and one of WWI’s most influential poets, Wilfred Owen used engaged the lyric tradition in order to undercut and critique the misleading romanticism at its base. Having witnessed the horrors of trench warfare, Owen’s works – most famously Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth, both in this volume – sought to dislodge from the general public its Victorian sense of patriotic sacrifice and to discourage the senseless loss of life that occurred in modern war. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1898)