In Parenthesis, seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu.
Category: First Edition
London Faber and Faber. 1937.
First edition, first impression; 8vo; original boards and dust jacket. Frontispiece and one other plate by the author. In Parenthesis was David Jones first literary work and took nine years to complete. It is one of the few English (or Anglo-Welsh) works to contribute to the Modern Movement and owes a significant debt to Eliot's Waste Land. Eliot played a major part in getting it published. In Parenthesis is a combination of prose and free verse and despite this it remains a simple story of a private of a Welsh Regiment and his journey through training to the attack on Mametz Wood where he is injured and many of his comrades killed. There are associations with Shakespeare, Welsh epic, Malory and the bible, in one of the great works of the 20th Century. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with small nicks at head of spine, closed 40mm tear at foot of front panel, faintly marked at extremities.