Lot 304 of 354:
Algernon Charles Swinburne Grave Darling 1 of 3 on vellum  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$900
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
Grave Darling
Author:
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
Place:
London
Publisher:
Printed Only for Private Circulation
Date:
1893
Description:

20, [1] pp. Frontispiece and two illustrations inserted. (4to) 24.5x19.5 cm (9¾x7¾") period full brown morocco, triple gilt-rule borders, spine gilt, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt. One of only three copies printed on vellum.

First separate edition of this poem, which had appeared in the Illustrated London News, June 1893. It is one of a number of Swinburne pamphlets which appeared in the 1880s and 1890s, six of which are falsely dated, and are known to T.J. Wise forgeries; a number of others are believed to be piracies by him. The conclusion by Collins and barker in their "Sequel to an Enquiry" is that "Wise acknowledged the responsibility for Grace Darling in his bibliographies (though not the book itself. It may have been intended as a piracy, but later authorizes, a changeling rather than a forgery. This might explain the colophon gathering, which looks like an afterthought, the cumulative assertions of Swinburne's approval, and also the presence of a copy in his library. The number of copies sold suggests that the limitation of the edition is understated." In the present copy the limitation precedes the half title rather than follows as Wise describes. Wise, Swinburne, I, 437-441; Collins & Barker, pp.233-234. Modern bookplate of Lillian and Bertram Schrein; leather label of Francis Kettaneh. Provenance: Greg and Jeanine Newman.

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Condition:
A bit rubbed, a few small scuffs; internally fine.
 
Item number:
281640
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