London: Constable & Co., 1923. Alec Buckels. First trade edition, first printing. Hardcover. Item #33791
An anthology of nearly 500 poems, some ghostly, some pagan, some about nature. "De la Mare's anthologies should be numbered among his creative works; for in them the quoted passages are woven together on a web of imaginative comment as highly wrought and as often as long as the quotations themselves; so that the whole emerges less as a collection of other men's writings than an expression of the thoughts aroused in the anthologists by these writings, and coloured by the mood in which he read them. These anthologies represent a new literary form invented by Mr de la Mare, which he has employed as yet another mode to express his unique vision of reality:" Lord David Cecil. 699 pages with an author index and a poem index. Bound in original green cloth with lettering and border on the spine in gilt. Top edge of the text block in gilt. Two tiny corner chips to pages 155 and 157. Near fine in very good plus cream colored dust jacket with several very tiny chips and tears with just a hint of soiling. A very attractive copy.