Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1936. xxi,534pp. Large octavo. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt. Portrait, photographs and maps. Thumb-tip spot of dulling on upper board, spine sunned, otherwise a very good copy, without dust jacket. Item #WRCLIT84723

Fourth (October) printing of the first edition, following the first printing by five months. An exceptional association copy of literary resonance, inscribed on the front free endsheet: "Siegfried Sassoon with compliments and regards Harvey Cushing." The monogram label for the posthumous Sassoon Library sale appears on the facing pastedown. Cushing's journals cover his service and experiences on the Western Front, first with a Harvard Unit of the American Ambulance at Neuilly, as Director of Base Hospital No.5, then as a surgeon with the BEF and then at the Medical Headquarters of the AEF. Among the battles he witnessed were those for the Messines and Passchendaele ridges, the Argonne forest and Château-Tierry. His original journals occupy some nine volumes, and the text here printed was edited from those journals and is accompanied by a Foreword and an Afterword by the unidentified editor. While Sassoon does not appear in the index to Cushing's journals, the likelihood of contact in the post-war years of one of the most important of the British soldier poets with one of the most prominent medical practitioners associated with war service is more than likely. NORMAN LIBRARY 557.

Price: $1,950.00