London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1946. With a Preface by Geoffrey Keynes. Original quarter niger leather with marbled paper boards.
First Edition, first (limited) issue, which consisted of 240 numbered copies, this being No. 208. Brooke read this essay to the Fabian Society at Cambridge in November 1910; Geoffrey Keynes wound up with the original manuscript, and this became the first publication of the publishing house of Rupert Hart-Davis -- which, 18 years later, would issue Keynes's bibliography of Rupert Brooke as part of the "Soho Bibliographies" series.
The regular copies, priced at 6s, were bound in green cloth, with the frontispiece portrait printed by collotype; these special copies, priced at 30s, were bound in this quarter niger leather over Cockerell marbled paper boards, with the frontispiece printed by photogravure. Curiously, this special edition was printed in fours (quarto) but the regular edition was printed in eights (octavo): Geoffrey Keynes (who also wrote the Preface here) deduced in his 1964 bibliography that this special edition must have been printed first, because the printer forgot to change signature "D" to "C" when rearranging the sheets.
Fine condition (the special edition was issued without a dust jacket). Keynes 46. Item #14544