Date Published: 1917-1920
A literary archive collection includes: 4 manuscript notebooks of poems and a few stories, written in pencil (approximately  pp. of written text) and two books, one signed.
Circa 1917-20. Many drafts of poems are untitled, and some are crossed out. Approximately  pp. of written text. Also includes two books written by Davies: his very scarce first book, Poems by Norman Davey with a Prefixed Essay (London: L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1914). Printed in black and red, greenish blue paper boards, quarter-bound in dark greenish blue cloth. His last work entitled The Ghost of a Rose (London: Chapman & Hall, 1939). Blue cloth in chipped jacket, price clipped on front flap, signed presentation copy.
(1) “Tristia, Book II - (Ad Lalage) Continued” consisting of drafts of the following poems: “The Fire”; “The Rain”; “The Ship”; “The Sea”; “A Word in Farewell”; “O BIB O ”; “TIB. LIB.I.1. LIT. TRANS.”; “Order of Sonnets” (also titled “Sonnets Out of Sequence”) with “San Apollinaire in Classe”, “Bologna”, “Tchehov”, “Artzi Bashef”, “The Charioteer”, “Agnani”, “Edward Gibbon”, “Toulouse”, “Giotto’s Tower”, “The New Renaissance”, “An Afterword”; “By the Canal in Flanders” (in blue ink); “A Broadside Addressed”. The notebook has what appears to be a table of contents: “Ad Ovidun Apologia. Ad Lectores. A Forewa[o]rd. Book I Ad Mæcenas. Book II Ad Lalage with an Interpretation from Tibulus. Book III Ad Camerium. Bibliophilos (?) Sonnes (?)”. Marbled paper boards, quarter-bound in black cloth. Ruled paper.  pp. Light brown endpapers. Signed by Davey. “Tristia” appeared under the title, Desiderium, MCMXV-MCMXVIII (Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1920).
(2) Designated as Vol. 2 on the front free endpaper. Contains poems numbered 1-42, “The Isolation of a Corps” (story), “The Silver Ship”, “Tristia”, “Ad Lectorem”, “Prologue”, “Ad Lectores”, “A Christmas Tale” (story), “Italy”, “Record of an itinerary undertaken by Caprice from Montepuliciana to Perugia….”, “A Translation of Luigi’s Song”, 6 pp. of calculations and scientific drawings, 1 p. in blue ink of Greek words and their English translation. There are two tables of contents in the notebook: “Forwa[o]rd. Prologue. Chapter I Penhaligan and the Big Push. II The City of Dreadful Night. III The Tailor. IV Colonel Cullen’s Career. V Conceptions of a Conference. VI The Survival of a Supper Party. VII A Carnival in Cannon’s Square. IX Preadventures with the Press” This appears to be a preliminary table of contents of The Pilgrim of a Smile (London: Chapman & Hall, 1921) since Penhaligon is featured in the novel. The second table of contents is said to be a “Proposed Scheme”: “Tristia. (Quotations). Ad Ovidum Aplogia. Ad Lectorem. A Foreword. Ad Lalagem. Ad Corinnam. Ad Pholoen. Ad Liginium.” Black flexible cloth. Ruled paper.  pp. Light green endpapers. Davey’s name appears on the second table of contents. Several leaves are excised from the notebook with partial separation from the text block. Includes a printed map of “France par departments”.
(3) “The Last Testimony of Peter Clare to the Goodness of God”, Cantos I to IV. Dedication reads: “To you Madonna, who have made the dumb speak.” Black pebbled flexible cloth. Ruled paper.  pp. One page has the following at the top: “Written at Steenkirke on the night of November 5th-1917. Dear God, to-night I….” Several leaves are excised from the notebook.
(4) “The Testimony of Peter Clare”, Cantos IV-VIII. In Canto VI several stanzas are numbered in blue pencil (29-39). Includes 1 p. of calculations. Black pebbled flexible cloth. Ruled paper.  pp. Some separation from the text block.
All items housed in a matching box.
Norman Davey was an English engineer, poet, and novelist. In 1914 he published 2 diverse books, The Gas Turbine and Poems with a Prefixed Essay. Four of his poems appeared in Cambridge Poets 1914–1920. An Anthology (1920). He wrote 18 books, the famous book being his bestselling novel entitled The Pilgrim of a Smile (1921). Early in his career, Davey was featured by Grant Overton, the literary editor and critic, in When Winter Comes to Main Street (1922).
This book is on consignment with LDRB.