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Whether a Dove or a Seagull: Townsend Warner, Sylvia

Townsend Warner, Sylvia and Ackland, Valentine

Published by Chatto & Windus, London (1934)

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From: James M Pickard, ABA, ILAB, PBFA. (LEICESTER, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Chatto & Windus, London, 1934. Hard Cover. First Edition. First UK Edition. Publisher's cream-coloured cloth. A VG copy (soft spine tips and minor marks to the boards). No D/W. That section of the front panel of the D/W that includes the title and author's names has been affixed to the front board. To the spine of the book a former owner has affixed the title and author's names from the spine of the D/W. The blurb from the back panel of the D/W has been laid (rather than stuck) into the book. 109 poems (54 by Warner and 55 by Ackland). The UK first edition is extremely scarce. Photographs/scans available upon request. Seller Inventory # 355490718721

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Whether a Dove or Seagull. Poems. (INSCRIBED): SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER

SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER AND VALENTINE ACKLAND.

Published by The Viking Press, New York (1933)

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From: Clearwater Books (London, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: The Viking Press, New York, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. The correct first edition, preceding the UK edition. This copy inscribed by Valentine Ackland: "Ruth, with dearest love - Valentine 1933" and beneath this another hand has pencilled "Sylvia", although I cannot be certain that this is the handwriting of Townsend Warner. 8vo. 153pp. Cloth-backed paper boards with slightly defective gilt lettering to spine. A little light spotting to preliminary and concluding leaves, and occasionally throughout. A very good copy in non-price-clipped dust wrapper: tanned, stained, chafed, nicked and chipped with a little loss, and spine panel lettering no longer visible. One-hundred and nine poems, fifty-four of them by Warner and the remainder written by her lover and long-term partner Ackland (an index in the UK edition of 1934 identified the author of each poem, but here they remain entirely anonymous - although a former owner has pencilled appropriate initials against each index entry, which could be easily erased if desired). A challenging and valiant experiment in anonymity, the collection was received coldly, all but ending the poetry careers of both authors Warner did not issue another full collection of verse in her lifetime, claiming in a letter to the publisher of her 1985 Selected Poems "I intend to be a posthumous poet!" Both US and UK editions are extremely scarce and much more so with the presentation inscription (I have been unable to identify 'Ruth' it was the name of Ackland's mother, although it seems unlikely that she would address her so). Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ARC91865

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