Poems. Rupert Brooke.


London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd, 1911.

First edition. viii, 87, [1] pp. 8vo. Original blue cloth, paper spine label (slightly faded), else fine. Housed in custom quarter blue morocco slipcase with matching chemise Keynes 5. Item #312134

Poems was Brooke's first collection; his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915 aboard a hospital ship, just two days before the Allies launched their ill-fated invasion of Gallipoli. The poet's second book, 1914 and Other Poems, whose war sonnets Churchill described as "incomparable", was published posthumously.

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