10. BROOKE, RUPERT. [The Dead],

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War Command, n.p., n.d.[c.1916]. An unrecorded, contemporary broadside printing (45 x 28 cms., on laid paper watermarked "Glastonbury") of the first stanza of one of Brooke's best- known First World War poems, signed on two printed lines beneath the text: "[Sir] F[enton].J[ohn]. Aylmer Lt. Genl. [V.C.] / Tigris Army Corps." above the printed words "War Command". The typesetting of the poem differs from that of any appearance in Sidgwick and Jackson's editions of Brooke's poems that I have seen although the typeface appears to be the same. Perhaps done for presentation to bereaved relatives of casualties of the calamitous attempt to relieve the siege of Kut by Ottoman Turks in the early part of 1916, which cost the lives of several thousand British troops. Lightly foxed to margins and a little creased from being rolled up for storage. £1750

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