Poems for France (Signed copy)
Edited by Nancy Cunard and signed by Joyce Rowe, one of the contributors.
First edition. Paperback. 21.5 × 14cm, 95pp.
This copy has been signed to the front cover by one of the contributors, Joyce Rowe, who had written a poem called 'Dieppe. 19 August 1942'. The biography at the back of the book has also been annotated by joyce Rowe who has added a "haha!" in pencil after the line which states she is between twenty and thirty years old... The biography describes her as a direct descendant of Nicholas Rowe and is presently working for the BBC Overseas Service.
Full title: Poems for France, Written by British Poets on France since the War
This rare collection of just over 80 poems about France during the war was brought together by Nancy Cunard who had lived in France since the 1920s. There are poems from known poets such as Richard Church, Robert Cecil, Rayner Heppenstall, Lord Dunsany, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Cecily Mackworth, Hugh MacDiarmid, Jack Lindsay, Henry Treece, Sylvia Read, Vita Sackville-West and Nancy Cunard herself, as well as my lesser known poets.
In her preface Nancy Cunard writes "This volume is a manifestation of out faith in France, our appreciation and love of her people and culture, our admiration for the dynamic, organized force of her resistance—and earnest of the conviction that our two countries must ever march together".
This copy is in good condition. There is some browning to the covers. The inner binding is secure but weakening a little. A paperclip had been attached to the pages around Joyce Rowe's poem which has left and indentation and rust mark to pages 58–61. Otherwise, this copy remains in strong readable condition.Sold