Douglas, Lord Alfred. 1870-1945. Poems. Paris: published by the Mercure de France, 1896.

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Douglas, Lord Alfred. 1870-1945.
Poems. Paris: published by the Mercure de France, 1896.

US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,100 - 1,900

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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Douglas, Lord Alfred. 1870-1945.
Poems. Paris: published by the Mercure de France, 1896.
8vo (185 x 120 mm). Heliograph portrait of Douglas, text in English and French. Original wrappers, backstrip neatly rebacked, wrappers slightly worn at extremities, leaves slightly browned. Cloth chemise and red morocco backed slipcase with a crowned letter D.
Provenance: Alfred Douglas (front free endpaper inscribed "With the author's compliments. Alfred Douglas Nov 1896"); Algernon Charles Swinburne (book label, sold his sale, June 19th, 1922 to:) James Tregaskis (typed letter, dated 5th February 1925; Paul Bonner (bookplate).
WITH: La Revue Blanche. Paris: 1896. 8vo, Tome X, no 72 which includes an article by Douglas introducing his poems (published in 1896), and "considerations sur l'affaire Oscar Wilde." Light spotting.

SWINBURNE'S COPY OF DOUGLAS'S FIRST BOOK, published in Paris, during his self-imposed exile from England, 1895-98. Douglas quit England after the trial and conviction of Oscar Wilde in May of 1895. The article in the Revue, apart from extolling his newly published poetry, defends his relationship with Wilde.
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Douglas, Lord Alfred. 1870-1945. Poems. Paris: published by the Mercure de France, 1896.
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