Poems - Rupert Brooke 1911 - Sidgwick & Jackson, London - First Edition A near fine first edition of Rupert Brooke’s first book of poetry. One of 500 copies, containing fifty poems, a result of which ‘Rupert Brooke established his initial public reputation as a poet. ‘He finalised this in a burst of energy at the end of 1911, at the same time as he was writing his fellowship dissertation for King's College, Cambridge.

Poems, 1911, was thought by critics at the time to reveal two of Brooke's strongest character traits: his breadth of interest, and his daring lack of taste. In his review in The Morning Post, Brooke's friend the poet Edward Thomas wrote:

"He is full of revolt, self-contempt, and yet arrogance too. he reveals chiefly what he desires to be and to be thought. Now and then he gives himself away, as when , in three poems close together, he speaks of the scent of warm clover. Copies should be bought by everyone over forty who has never been under forty. It will be a revelation. Also if they live yet a little longer they may see Mr Rupert Brooke a poet. He will not be a little one.” -
The Rupert Brooke Society.
  Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887-1915) was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet W. B. Yeats to describe him as "the handsomest young man in England".

Provenance: Lionel George Bridges Justice Ford (1865-1932), with his bookplate. Inscribed to front free endpaper ‘Alice from Lionel’ dated ‘Sept: 23rd. 1918’ and in Greek is the phrase ‘Brass for Gold’. Ford was an Anglican priest who served as Dean of York after headmasterships at Repton School (1901-10) and Harrow (1910-25). Educated at Repton and King's College, Cambridge where he won the Chancellor's Classical Medal and was a member of the Pitt Club. From a strong Cricketing family (father played for the MCC brother for England), he played for Buckinghamshire (1898-9).

pp. viii 88. In publisher’s blue cloth binding, paper label to spine, titled in black and enclosed by red line. Original publisher’s glassine jacket (it was not until the thirteenth impression (1916) that the book was issued in a printed dust-jacket).

The Poems:-
Sonnet: "Oh Death will find me long before I tire"
Sonnet: "I said I splendidly loved you; it's not true
The Fish
Thoughts on the Shape of the Human Body
The Hill
The One Before the Last
The Jolly Company
The Life Beyond
Lines Written in the Belief That the Ancient Roman Festival of the Dead Was Called Ambarvalia
Dead Men's Love
Town and Country
Menelaus and Helen
Blue Evening
The Charm
The Voice
Dining-Room Tea
The Goddess in the Wood
A Channel Passage
Day and Night.
Choriambics - I
Choriambics - II
Second Best
Day that I Have Loved
Sleeping Out: Full Moon
In Examination
Pine-Trees and the Sky: Evening
The Vision of the Archangels
On the Death of Smet-Smet, the Hippopotamus-Goddess
The Song of the Pilgrims
The Song of the Beasts
Ante Aram
The Call
The Wayfarers
The Beginning
  Condition: Near fine, toning to spine label which is slightly chipped, some soiling to page edges, small red ink stamp to verso of title page,in original glassine jacket, shrunken and chipped to head of spine. Modern slipcase in fine condition.   Ref: 107370   Price: HK$ 6,000