Siegfried Sassoon. With illustrations by William Nicholson.
London. Faber & Faber Limited. 1929. First illustrated edition. First published anonymously in 1928. No. 202 of the limited edition of 300 copies printed on English hand-made paper, signed by Sassoon and Nicholson. Bound in original vellum with black and red titles and decorations to boards and spine, original glassine jacket, illustrated jacket, top edge gilt, remaining edges uncut. Endpapers, illustrated half-title and title pages, head- and tail-pieces, and 7 full-page plates (with protective glassine present) by Nicholson. 230 x 160mm (9 x 6¼"). 0.7kg. . English. Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; a short 1cm closed tear to top edge of front jacket, light surface mark to spine; glassine and vellum boards in good order; a very well preserved copy.
An excellent copy of the limited edition, signed by both the author and illustrator. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is Sassoon's semi-autobiographical account of his early years in Kent and the beginning of the First World War. In it Sassoon drew on his pre-War diaries but published the book anonymously and used a stand-in narrator called George Sherston. Published in 1928, it summoned up a lost way of life. This present edition, with illustrations by William Nicholson, was published a year later in 1929. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) and Sherston's Progress (1937) complete the trilogy.