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A MIDSUMMER HOLIDAY AND OTHER POEMS
London: Chatto & Windus, 1884.. Original slate-blue cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt. Endsheets a trifle foxed, otherwise a very good, bright copy. First edition. One of fifteen hundred copies printed. A fine association copy, inscribed on the half- title: "Mary A.B. Gordon from her affectionate nephew A C Swinburne." Lady Mary Gordon, nee Ashburnham (Swinburne's mother's sister), her husband, Sir Henry, and their daughter, Mary, were favorite relatives of Swinburne. At times of duress (for example after the death of his sister in 1863, and after an emotional collapse in 1874), Swinburne would seek out the Gordons and stay with them -- either at their estate at Northcourt or at their seaside home at Niton (both on the Isle of Wight). Beginning as child playmates and continuing over the years, he became quite close with his lively, accomplished cousin Mary -- so close that much has been written about the relationship (such as their mutual interest in flagellation; their shared erotic interests formed the basis for his LESBIA BRANDON). WISE 76.
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