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The City of the Soul
Grant Richards, London 1899 - Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. A SUPERB 1890s ASSOCIATION COPY. INSCRIBED BY DOUGLAS TO THE ARTIST WILLIAM ROTHENSTEIN, "Will Rothenstein from his friend and admirer the author. June 12. 1899. London." There is also a handwritten note in pencil for the poem "A Triad of the Moon," stating that the poem was composed in Italy near Naples when Douglas was still with Oscar Wilde, and Wilde was writing The Ballad of Reading Gaol. It is not clear who wrote this note. Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945) was a poet and author, but is probably best known as the intimate friend and lover of Oscar Wilde. Rothenstein was an important artist who was a close friend of many of the major writers and artists of his day, including both Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde. He is well known for his accomplished and sensitive portraits of his friends and acquaintances. This book was first published anonymously, but the second edition was published with Douglas's name on it. Sales were said to slip at once. Bound in the original vellum backed blue-grey boards with faded gilt title to spine. The spine is slightly darkened and the boards show minor signs of handling. A previous owner affixed something to the corners of the front and rear free endpapers with tape, and the tape has left residue on those pages. The tape mark slightly overlaps Rothenstein's name but does not affect its legibility. There is typical offsetting to the endpapers. Bookplate of William Rothenstein on front pastedown. An important presentation copy of this scarce book. In very good condition. 110 pages plus 2 pages of ads. POE/053111. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA]
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