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LARKIN, Philip

The Less Deceived

Hessle: Marvell Press, 1955

8vo, pp. 45. 2pp. list of subscribers at rear. Original grey boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Printed dustwrapper, bookseller's revised price label ('7s 6d nett') to foot of front pastedown. Slight offsetting to endpapers, but a near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper with a couple of small closed tears to spine ends.

First edition, first impression, with 'floor' for 'sea' in the first line of the poem Absences on p.38, the pre-publication list of subscribers bound in, and no reviews printed on the rear flap. NEVILL COGHILL'S COPY, WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE TO FRONT FREE ENDPAPER.

The literary scholar Nevill Coghill [1899-1980] was Tutor of English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, for more than thirty years, before becoming Merton Professor of English Literature from 1957 until his retirement in 1966. As an Oxford undergraduate Larkin attended Coghill's lectures on Chaucer and Shakespeare.

One of only 120 copies of the first impression, and an excellent association.

Keywords: Philip LARKIN Nevill COGHILL"

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