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SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles (1837-1909)
Atalanta in Calydon. A Tragedy
London: Edward Moxon and Co., 1865. [Drama] FIRST EDITION. Small quarto (23 x 18cm), pp.[2] xii; 111 [1]. Publisher's cream cloth over bevelled boards, with gilt titles to spine and gilt devices stamped to upper board, designed by D.G. Rossetti (1828-1882). One of just 100 copies thus. All edges untrimmed. Engraved bookplate of Lady Winifred Burghclere to front pastedown. Moderate spotting to endpapers and preliminaries. One leaf, pp.85/85 (M3), cancelled and replaced. Heavy soiling and splashing to cloth; spine toned. Very good. An early work by Swinburne, who collaborated with his friend Dante Rossetti in the production of this pastiche of a Greek Tragedy. One of just two plays by Swinburne which were actually performed on stage during his lifetime. Lady Burghclere was brought up at Highclere Castle, the location for 'Downton Abbey,' and was the older sister of Lord George Carnarvon, who provided the money for Howard Carter's famous Tutankhamun discovery in 1922. WISE, Thomas J., 'A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne,' (London: 1919-21), I:9. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB [Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom]

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