New York: Coward - McCann, 1931.
Illustrated by Barnett Freedman. 1st US Illustrated Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good- with no dust jacket. Item #15165
Light shelfwear, light tone, 1933 owner's signature, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; Fictionalized World War One autobiography by the decorated English war poet, Siegfried Sassoon, the middle work of his Sherston trilogy. Striking illustrations by Barnett Freedman, the first major book illustration commission for this English lithographer and graphic artist. 1933 ownership signature on flyleaf of James Adolf Leftwich, member of the 1924 US Olympic boxing team, newspaperman, and eventual public relations executive. "This book, one of the most important works of English literature of the twentieth century, has been misused by literary critics who have taken it as a collective manifesto of English veterans of the war. It is more useful to see the book for what it is: The slightly fictionalized memoir of a sensitive, intelligent, and brave individual who was shocked to the core of his soul by the suffering caused by modern war. Sassoon's perceptiveness and deep moral sense make for a highly profound and moving work." - Edward G Lengel; World War I Memories: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Accounts Published in English Since 1919; 828. First US illustrated edition, from English sheets, of this bleak account of trench warfare. ; (312) pages.