Item #381 EPILOGUE A CRITICAL SUMMARY VOLUME I -- AUTUMN 1935 [with] EPILOGUE A CRITICAL SUMMARY VOLUME II -- SUMMER 1936. Laura RIDING, Robert GRAVES, eds.

EPILOGUE A CRITICAL SUMMARY VOLUME I -- AUTUMN 1935 [with] EPILOGUE A CRITICAL SUMMARY VOLUME II -- SUMMER 1936.

Deya Majorca / London, The Seizin Press / Constable & Co. Ltd., 1935 & 1936. Two volumes. Octavos. Black pictorial print on paper-covered boards. Volume I has five black & white plates, scattered foxing, particularly on its endpapers, a bump on the lower fore-tip, and darkened spine. Volume II has similar endpapers with foxing mostly to edges and a darkened spine as well. Boards sunned, ownership stamp, on both front free endsheets, of the New Directions publisher James Laughlin, IV. Very good. Scarce.

First edition, first printing. When in 1935 Laura Riding (editor) and Robert Graves (Associate Editor) launched Epilogue, it was this hard-backed annual publication, rather than the “Twice a Year” that had been originally planned. The choice of a hard cover, containing about 250 pages plus adverts, reveals the desire that Riding and Graves had to produce something of lasting value. It was therefore planned to be an intentional contrast to many literary periodical publications that appeared in the inter-war years, which they considered ephemeral.  Epilogue was also conceived as a collaborative enterprise with Riding exhibiting control with the publication's stated manifesto: "The object of Epilogue is to unify modern critical attitudes into a coherent view of life and thought." Contributors were enlisted from the creative community that interacted with the Riding/Graves partnership, these included Madeleine Vara, John Cullen, James Reeves, Honor Wyatt, Len Lye, Thomas Matthews, John Aldridge, Ward Hutchinson, Katherine Burdekin, Kenneth Allott, Alan Hodge, and later, Sally Graves, and Jacob Bronowski. Item #381

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