[ed. RIDING, Laura; GRAVES, Robert; and others]


Deya: Privately Printed: N.d. [1935]

Four volumes, 12mos, pp. 12, 23, 40, and 64. Rebound in a green three-quarter cloth binding, with original wrappers bound in. Finely preserved copies.

First editions, SIGNED BY GRAVES IN 1978 ON THE COVER OF VOLUME I. From the library of Honor Wyatt, with her ownership signature to front free endpaper: 'Honor Ellidge (formerly 'Glover', originally 'Wyatt')'.

Published through the whole of 1935 in Deya, Focus'scontributors and subscribers were the same people: the English literary expatriates who formed the circle of friends surrounding Riding, Graves and the Seizin Press. This insularity of production explains both the scarcity of Focus(the exact print run is unknown, but estimates settle around the twenty-five mark), and the fact that most copies, when found at all, are found bound together, carefully preserved by the people who produced them. An engagingly chatty literary periodical, Focuswas superseded in the autumn of 1935 by Epilogue, a more formal, po-faced version of its predecessor. Graves' signature, dated 1978, appears here on the cover of Vol. I.

Honor Wyatt was a member of the Graves- Riding inner circle at Deya. She was married first to the journalist Gordon Glover, and later to George Ellidge, both fellow Deya habitues. Wyatt and Glover contribute articles to all four issues.

Extremely scarce, and with a fine association.

Keywords: Laura RIDING Robert GRAVES"

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