Lot 2

ARLOTT, John (1914-91).  Clausentum … Sonnets. London: Jonathan Cape, 1946. 8vo. Half title, lithographed frontispiece and 6 plates by Michael Ayrton. Original turquoise cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket designed by Michael Ayrton with price of 7s.6d. unclipped (jacket lightly rubbed at extremities). FIRST EDITION of this work in which "Sonnets and drawings do not compete but merge to record a deep and shared experience" (from the turn-in). "A little known book of sonnets written by Arlott about a beautiful, but now derelict, Roman villa near Southampton" (H.B.)

Estimate: £40-£60

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