Thirteen Poems by Wilfred Owen. With Drawings by Ben Shahn.
Northampton, MA: The Gehenna Press, 1956.
Northampton, MA: The Gehenna Press, 1956. First edition thus. Copy number 9 (IX) of 35, bound in the publisher's half-leather binding with an extra proof on Japanese vellum bound in and signed by the artist, Ben Shahn. A Fine, unworn copy in a Very Good+ publisher's slipcase, with only trivial cracking at a few of the joints. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.
Wilfred Owen, a British soldier and poet, is best remembered for his verse about World War I. Killed in battle in 1918, most of Owen’s poetry was published posthumously. Owen, along with his mentor Siegfried Sassoon, departed from the wartime verse of earlier poets who celebrated the patriotic glories of conflict. Owen and Sassoon, instead, documented the terror, destruction, and horrors of modern warfare. This edition is published by the Gehenna Press, founded by Leonard Baskin in 1942. Thirteen Poems by Wilfred Owen marks the first collaboration between Baskin and Richard Warren of The Metcalf Printing and Publishing Company. Drawings by Ben Shahn complement this superbly produced edition Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #1900)