Severn and Somme.
Category: First Edition
London. Sidgwick and Jackson. 1917.
First edition; small 8vo; original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on tipped in piece " Ivor Gurney Royal Collage of Music". One of only two works published in his lifetime, this work was inspired by Gurney's beloved Gloucestershire and his experiences on the Western Front in 1916, before he was gassed at Passchendale in August 1917. In March 1918, Gurney suffered a serious breakdown and was hospitalised. He slowly regained some emotional stability and in October was discharged from the army, diagnosed as having a nervous breakdown from "deferred" shell shock. Gurney made a considerable recovery after the war and briefly returned to the Royal College of Music and studied for a brief time with Ralph Vaughan Williams. The inscription in this volume must date from this period in Gurney's life. He was at this time regarded as one of the most promising composers of his generation, but his mental state worsened again and by 1922, his condition had deteriorated to the point where his family had him declared insane. Very good, fading to spine, which is also worn to the head an and foot, the paper label to the spine is also worn. A number of newspaper clippings about the aothor are loosely inserted.