Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man - Siegfried Sassoon, William Nicholson (illustrator) 1929 - Faber & Faber, London - Number 269 of 300 limited copies An exceptional copy of the first illustrated edition – in the uncommon original dust jacket – signed in green by Sassoon and in pencil by illustrator William Nicholson on the limitation page. With seven full-page woodcuts and numerous in-text illustrations. Housed in custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

This is the first book in Sassoon’s autobiographical memoirs of the Great War. The other two are
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress, a trilogy that charted both the destruction of the world for which Sassoon fought, and his own emergence as one of Britain's finest war poets.

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Robert Graves’ Goodbye to all That’ are wonderfully written combinations of despair, tenderness, humour, love, anger and cynicism. Attitudes which were shown towards fellow members of the services, with Sassoon and Graves closely entwined in each others lives throughout.
  George Sherston [Sassoon himself] develops from a shy and awkward child, through shiftless adolescence, to an officer just beginning to understand the horrors of trench warfare. The world he grows up in, of village cricket and loyal grooms, had vanished forever by the time Sassoon wrote this book, but he captures it with a lyricism and gentleness that defy nostalgia.

This superb evocation of the Edwardian age was a bestseller on publication in 1928. It was the first volume of a classic trilogy, completed by Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress, that charted both the destruction of the world for which Sassoon fought, and his own emergence as one of Britain's finest war poets.

8vo. pp. [4] 296. Publisher’s original vellum lettered and illustrated in black and orange to upper cover and spine, printed on English hand made paper, top edge gilt, illustrated endpapers, in original pictorial dust jacket and glassine wrapper.
  Condition: Near fine, rear board very slightly bowed, some slight spotting to foredge, in near fine dust jacket, 1.5 cm closed tear and light creasing to head of spine, hint of wear to corners. Glassine wrapper minutely worn along edges, toned.   Ref: 107499   Price: HK$ 24,000