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The House of Life.
Boston: Copeland and Day, 1894. First full edition including the 'fleshly' Nuptial Sleep. 3 borders and 114 initial letters designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. One of 500 copies printed by John Wilson & Son of Cambridge, Massachusetts on French handmade paper. Pp. viii, 120, specially bound in a handsome Italian full limp vellum binding elaborately decorated with gilt borders and spine, untrimmed. Small marks in the front edge corner so pp.7-11 from where the pages were once stuck together to hide two of Rossetti's racier poems, edges slightly browned, slight soiling to the binding, but still very handsome. This edition gives us Rossetti's masterpiece The House of Life (1870-1881) as it was originally intended and was the first time it was published in full wihth all 113 sonnets and 11 lyrics. It includes the poem 'Nuptial Sleep' which due to its indecency was removed from the 1881 version - in this copy someone stuck the page with it on down so it couldn't be read. Contemporary inscription from Hugh to Mary S. McCulloch.
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