A Shropshire Lad. Decorations by Edw A. Wilson

By: Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936)

Price: $30.00

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Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable


FIRST HERITAGE PRESS EDITION, LIMITED to 1,500 copies. Tall Narrow 8vo. 10 x 5 inches. 74 pp. LACKS the original folding frontispiece initialed by Edward A. Wilson, but does include the color title-page vignette, list of poems, 25 color illustrations throughout, Roman numerals in alternating colors before each poem, tailpiece; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped brown leather, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, light toning to spine and rubbing at spine edges. Bookseller's ticket of Wold Bookshop, Oakland, California, on rear pastedown. Housed in green publisher's slipcase with light shelf wear. SOLD AS IS. Housman's A Shropshire Lad, a collection of 63 poems, was first published in 1896, and is Housman's most influential and beloved work. This is the first Heritage Press issue of this title; it is among the first six titles issued by Heritage Press in November and December of 1935. All six had artist-signed copies and were produced with better materials than those of the typical Heritage Press production. Printed by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press of Portland, Maine, the volume pairs Housman's evocative 63 poems with colorful numerals and illustrations to highlight the poetry's rhapsodic, nostalgic world. The "decorations" feature the lithographic prints of Edward Arthur Wilson (1886-1970), whose work was deemed "of first rank among modern United States book illustrators" (Life, 1945). Wilson's work featured in magazines, classical book editions, and advertising campaigns. Today, his lithographic prints are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. REFERENCES: Warner, Colby Library Quarterly, March 1946; "The George Mason Imagery," online resource, accessed January 15, 2019; The New York Times, October 3, 1970.

Title: A Shropshire Lad. Decorations by Edw A. Wilson

Author Name: Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936)

Illustrator: Edward Arthur Wilson (1886-1970)

Categories: Heritage Press,

Edition: First Edition, thus

Publisher: New York, The Heritage Press: 1935

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: GG818-200

Keywords: Alfred Edward Housman, A Shropshire Lad, Edward Arthur Wilson, Heritage Press