The Last Sheaf

A fine collection of essays from Edward Thomas


Edward Thomas, foreword by Thomas Seccombe


Jonathan Cape, London, 1928
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback with gilt titling to spine. 20 × 13cm, 221pp.

The nineteen essays of The Last Sheaf belong for the most part to the last phase of Thomas' prose, and together they form perhaps the most varied and the strongest group of his writings in this genre. One of them tells of his beginnings as a writer when he was a boy; another of the mysterious remoteness of a robin singing in a dark dawn; there are sensuous descriptions of natural scenes and graphic sketches of London districts. Some essays are reports of what he heard during a fortnight's journeying through England just after the outbreak of the Great War, and a poignantly personal piece about walking with Robert Frost in Herefordshire in the Summer of 1914.


A good copy of an elusive Edward Thomas first edition. The cloth is foxed and a little faded to the spine and bumped a little to the spine ends. The binding is sound, and the pages clean bar a little spotted foxing. Previous owner's name to ffep, with his pencil annotation to the final page stating he read the book in June 1928.

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