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Tails With A Twist. Verse by " Belgian Hare".
Landscape 4to. Original white cloth-backed white pictorial boards illustrated in blue and red in upper cover; pp. v + [72]; with 20 full-page plates after engravings heightened in monochrome colours of green, blue, red, honey and tan; a remarkably fresh copy with light dust-soiling to spine and dusting to boards with very small wear to forecorners and one light bruise to top forecorner of lower cover; internally in excellent shape throughout, and unusually fresh, with only minor offset rusting to staples at lower gutter. First edition. A series of ridiculous nonsense verses on the subject of animals. This work was, reportedly, a model for Hilaire Belloc's "Bad Child's Book of Beasts". Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945), or "Bosie" as he became known, was an author and poet who is principally remembered today for his relationship with Oscar Wilde. Their liaison gave rise to intense scandal in the 1890s leading to world famous trials in 1895. Wilde was incarcerated for sodomy in that year, sentenced to 2 years hard labour in Pentonville gaol, and then, famously, in Reading Gaol, where he penned the long and critical letter to Douglas "De Profundis", which was published some years later. The two met in 1891 and quickly embarked on a relationship, despite Wilde being married with two children. Their connection was notorious and surveyed in Robert Hitchens' novel "The Green Carnation", published in 1894. In 1895 Douglas' father, the Marquess of Queensbury, against his son's wishes, attempted to protect his family reputation by accusing Wilde of being a predatory sodomite. Against all advice Wilde decided to prosecute him for libel. The first trial resulted in a hung jury but the judge settled on a retrial in which Queensbury provided witnesses to prostitution, resulting in the collapse of Wilde's case and leaving him covering the defendant's costs. Wilde was then found guilty of homosexual acts, which resulted in imprisonment. Douglas and Wilde met again in Rouen in 1897, following the latter's release, but societal pressures on the pair led to eventual separation. Wilde died not long afterwards.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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