Edith Sitwell; designs by Edward Bawden.
London: Faber and Gwyer Limited, 1928. Octavo. Red paper-wrapped boards, gilt-embossed, front flyleaf toned. Printed on English hand-made paper at the Curwin Press in a run of 500 copies, this being number 193. First edition, signed and numbered on the limitation page. Fine.
No. 15 of the Afirel Poems published by Faber and Gwyer. The eldest of the three literary Sitwells, Edith published poetry continuously from 1913 till her death in 1964, some of it abstract and set to music. She had angular features resembling Queen Elizabeth I (they also had the same birthday) and stood six feet tall and often dressed in gowns of brocade or velvet, with gold turbans, and a plethora of rings. An important twentieth century British poet and critic, also an admirable eccentric.
Silly and shady,
Longing to be
A lazy lady"