Poems Of Cornwall And America

London: Faber, 1967

8vo, pp. 70. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Printed dustwrapper. Light bumping to lower corners, but a near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper with just a little darkening and light wear to spine ends.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO NEVILL COGHILL: 'For Nevill |affectionate remembrances of Oxford days |Leslie'.

A.[lfred] L.[eslie] Rowse [1903-1907] was a contemporary of Nevill Coghill at Oxford, both as undergraduate and Professor. Shakespeare scholars and lifelong friends, their influence at Oxford was seen by some as a stranglehold -- among them Clive James. Reviewing a BBC2 documentary on the class system, James wrote:

'It really was marvellous to watch A.L. Rowse talking about the disinterested quest for Truth while his friends [Coghill, John Betjeman, Lord David Cecil] lolled about nodding wisely, forgetting to add or never having noticed that for A.L. Rowse the Truth had usually been any foolish notion that happened to pop into his head.' (Visions Before Midnight, Picador, 1981)

A very good copy, with a sparkling association.

WITH: Poems Partly American [London: Faber, 1959]. First edition. A clean copy, with no inscriptions or marks of ownership.

Keywords: A.L. ROWSE Nevill COGHILL"

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