In Parenthesis, seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu.
Category: First Edition
London, Faber and Faber. 1961.
Introduction by T.S. Eliot. Signed limited edition; 8vo; original blue buckram and acetate wrapper. Frontispiece by the author. Top edge gilt. Signed by the author and T.S. Eliot. This being No 42 of 70 numbered copies. Loosely inserted is an original bill of sale to E. S. Johnston from booksellers, Bertram Rota Ltd., London. 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 but 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. The late Eric Selkirk Johnston, business manager of The Marvell Press, had a long association with Philip Larkin. A fine copy.