IN FLANDERS FIELDS AND OTHER POEMS ... WITH AN ESSAY IN CHARACTER BY SIR ANDREW MACPHAIL
by McCrae, John
New York: Putnam, 1919. Gilt cloth, t.e.g. Portrait. Manuscript facsimiles, plate. About fine in dust jacket with some shallow chipping loss along the top edge. Gilt morocco bookplate of Frank Hogan. Half morocco slipcase. First U.S. edition of this posthumously published collection, including two of the most frequently reprinted of all WWI poems. The Toronto edition was published by Briggs in the same year. McCrae's widely reprinted, memorized and quoted poem, "In Flanders Fields," was first published anonymously in PUNCH in December 1915. McCrae wrote the poem shortly after the Battle of Ypres, and died in France of pneumonia in 1918. The poem's first book appearance was in IN THE DAY OF BATTLE, published in Toronto in October 1916. (Inventory #: WRCLIT75567)
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