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DOWSON, Ernest.
The Poems of Ernest Dowson. With a memoir by Arthur Symons, four illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, and a portrait by William Rothenstein.
John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1905. FIRST EDITION. Half title, front., titlepage in red & black, plates, 2pp ads., acknowledgement note tipped in; the odd spot. Partially uncut in orig. light green cloth, blocked in gilt design by Beardsley, spine lettered in gilt. Orig. orange dust wrapper with matching green Beardsley design; sl. chipped at head of spine affecting 'THE', sl. dulled & darkened. A nice crisp copy in dust wrapper. t.e.g. Ernest Dowson, 1867-1900, poet, novelist, and short-story writer whose work influenced many later authors. He was well-established with the literary set of London in the late 1880s and 1890s, and was a member of the Rhymers' Club along with W.B. Yeats, Lord Alfred Douglas, Arthur Symons, Richard Le Gallienne, and sometimes Oscar Wilde. Elkin Mathews and John Lane published the Club's first collections of poetry - including work by Dowson - in 1892 and 1894. After a series of family tragedies in the mid-1890s, his health began to rapidly decline, and he died at the age of 32. His poem Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae provided Margaret Mitchell with the famous title of her most popular work Gone with the Wind. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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