First Edition of Robert Graves' The White Goddess; Signed by Him
The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth.
Item Number: 81023
London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1948.
First edition of Graves’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert Graves on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed.
This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than sixty years ago, was the outcome of Robert Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion, and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explores the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry. It was a major influence on the thinking of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, with the latter identifying to some extent with the goddess figure herself.