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A Spring Harvest by Geoffry Bache Smith #CLP0216 - A Spring Harvest by Geoffry Bache Smith - € 3000

Anthology of poetry by G.B. Smith with short introductory note by J.R.R. Tolkien, discussing the dates and circumstances in which the poems were composed

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A Spring Harvest by Geoffrey Bache Smith, Erskine Macdonald 1918.


Only edition, fine copy (neat inscription on flyleaf), dustwrapper darkened on backstrip but otherwise fresh and intact.
Edited by J.R.R.Tolkien, with a brief editorial note, tight-lipped but moving for all that, subscribed with initials.

"By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead" (preface to Lord of the Rings, 2nd edition). One of this close circle (the 'Tea Club or Borrovian Society' from school and Oxford) having been killed in action in 1916 had left material for a bookof poems, which Tolkien undertook to see in print.

John Garth, in Tolkien and the Great War (2003) traces plausibly the 'threshold of Middle Earth' in the trenches of the Western front, and this rare little book is a relic of that experience. OCLC locates no copies in America: even the important archive at Marquette University (manuscripts of Lord of the Rings...) has only a photocopy.

Hammond B2 gives a representation of the dustwrapper, but it has been digitally recreated from the very fragmentary example on the Bodleian copy.
I do not know where another is to be found.

A very beautiful copy for the collector, extremely hard to find, especially in original dust jacket.


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