London: Martin Secker, (1929). First edition, signed, limited. Hardcover. 154 pp., octavo, original decorativ boards, vellum spine with gilt title, dustwrapper. Publisher's 4-page prospectus laid in. Fine in moderatley worn wrapper with chips to upper spine and upper outside corners of boards. Item #23656
First issue of this book of poems. The title "Pansies" alludes to the French "Pensées" - thoughts, or reflections. A dozen or so of these reflections were prevented from publication when the original manuscript was intercepted in the mails at the direction of the Home Secretary. The author makes light of this suppression in his Foreword": "When I read now down the list of the omitted poems, and recall the dozen amusing, not terribly important bits of pansies which have had to stay out of print for fear a policeman might put his foot on them, I can only grin once more to think of the nanny-goat, nanny-goat in a white petticoat silliness of it all." #228 of 250 signed copies. Robert A47a.