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The Queen Mother and Rosamond
London John Camden Hotten 1866 - 8vo (175x117 mm.), pp [viii], 217. Original green cloth, printed title spine label (mounted upside down). Presentation inscription in author's hand on half-title: "J.Lorimer Graham from his friend A C Swinburne". Recipient's armorial bookplate on inner pastedown. Title label rubbed and dedication leaf partially cut when title page was cancelled, otherwise a near-fine copy, with pages completely unopened. FIRST EDITION, THIRD ISSUE OF SWINBURNE'S FIRST BOOK, PRESENTED TO HIS AMERICAN FRIEND JAMES LORIMER GRAHAM (1835-1876), diplomat and literary dilettante, who spent most of the 1860s in Europe. Called by W.M.Rossetti "the Yankee millionaire", he appears to have been quite close to Swinburne. His library went to the Century Association in New York, which holds five books inscribed by Swinburne, who composed an elegy on Graham's death, which was published in the second series of Poems and Ballads, 1876. It was probably Lorimer Graham who added the inscription to the half-title of this copy: "This is the last copy of the Queen Mother and Rosamond to be had in London" a remark which may be explained by the erroneous pasting of the spine-label upside down on this copy. A further note, intriguingly added to the extreme fore-margin of the front endpaper verso, in the same hand reads "The Children of the Chapel" which refers to the Poetic Drama by Mary Leith (Swinburne's cousin" to which the poet had anonymously contributed. It is now a celebrated Swinburne rarity. Financed by Swinburne's father and first issued by Basil Montague Pickering in 1860 and selling a mere handful of copies, "The Queen Mother and Rosamond" was passed to Moxon in the mid 1860s when they published "Atalanta in Calydon" (1865) and "Poems and Ballads" (1866). When Moxon developed cold feet over the latter title, he passed the remaining sheets of "The Queen Mother" to Hotten along with those of "Poems and Ballads". The first issue, then, carries a Pickering title page, the second a Moxon title page, and the third (as here) a cancelled Hotten title page, the sheets all being from the same original print run. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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