In Parenthesis

seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu

JONES, David

a work of genius

JONES, David In Parenthesis seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu

Faber, 1937.

First edition. Original buff cloth printed in blue on the spine, in grey printed dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the title to Eric Gill's brother, Evan, "David Jones for Evan Gill July 29th 1964". With the author's corrections to the Welsh on the dedication page. Three black and white plates, two reproductions of designs for etchings and one map, all by the author. A near fine copy with Gill's bookplate to the front pastedown, and a contemporary cutting tipped in to the front blank announcing this book as the winner of the Hawthornden prize, in a very good dustwrapper indeed which shows a little wear to the head of the spine but is generally clean and crisp.

The author's first book and most celebrated work, which takes the form of an epic prose poem set in the first world war, based on the author's own experiences in the trenches. It was ten years in the making and was eventually helped to publication by T.S. Eliot, who hailed the book as "a work of genius". It won the 1938 Hawthornden prize.
"This work of a poet-painter has its every word chiselled out of experience, and it is probably the World War I monument most likely to survive." - Stephen Spender (review in the NY Times).
David Jones began his long association with the Gill family in 1922, when he became an early pupil of Eric Gill and was briefly engaged to Gill's daughter, Petra, shortly afterwards. In Parenthesis was itself printed by Gill's printing firm Hague and Gill. Jones will have known Evan through Eric and helped him with his bibliography of his brother's work.

Stock ID: 33835

£4,500.00

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