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The Idylls of Theocritus.
[London:] The Casanova Society, 1925 - Quarto. Original vellum-backed Holland boards, titles to spine gilt. Board edges worn, spine creased and tanned, some marks to covers, partial toning to endpapers. A good copy. First edition thus, from a numbered limited edition of 750 copies. Inscribed by Trevelyan to Irene Cooper Willis, a close Bloomsbury group friend, "Irene, from R. C. T., July 1925". Willis was a close friend of Trevelyan and received inscribed copies of most of the poet's books. As well as being an author in her own right, she was notably the literary executrix of Thomas Hardy, and also the friend and executrix of Vernon Lee [pseud. of the Florence-based aesthete author Violet Paget: 1856-1935]. Willis had connections to the whole Trevelyan clan: R. C. Trevelyan's younger brother the historian George Macaulay Trevelyan (to whom this book is dedicated) was involved in the founding of the British Institute of Florence, to which Willis bequeathed Vernon Lee's substantial library; and Willis also sat with Trevelyan's older brother Charles Philips Trevelyan on the executive committee of the Union of Democratic Control (the left-wing political group dissenting against British policy during the First World War), of which R. C. Trevelyan was also a member. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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