Home icon. The Works of Robert Graves. Exhibition: 1 April to 17 June 2011.

Cabinet 3: First Offerings

Treasure Box.

Robert Graves, Treasure Box. [London]: Privately printed, 1919.

While recuperating from a nose operation at Harlech about May 1916, Graves met the Nicholson family: William (later Sir), son Ben, and daughter Nancy. Graves would marry Nancy on 23 January 1918, with George Mallory, mountaineer and Graves’s ex-housemaster at Charterhouse, present as best man. Nancy was an artist and supplied two illustrations to Treasure Box, another privately printed edition of poems that appeared in 1919.

Country Sentiment was deemed more substantial, carrying the weight of publishers Martin Secker in London and Alfred A. Knopf in New York. Although Graves was optimistic about its reception, it was a commercial failure. The ‘Judith’ so named was the daughter of John Masefield, poet laureate.

Good-bye To All That. 2nd ed.

Robert Graves, Country Sentiment. London: Martin Secker, 1920.