London: F.S. Ellis, 1870. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition, large paper copy. Although the printed limitation notice states that there were twenty-five copies printed on large paper for Private Circulation only, William Rossetti states in his bibliography of his brother's works that only eighteen such copies were in fact issued. This volume of Rossetti's poems came from the manuscript he had buried in 1862 with the body of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal but later exhumed. The book created controversy when published because of the poems' sensual nature and descriptions of an intimate relationship. Bound in variant cream cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Some staining, darkening and bumping to covers but still in better shape than the more common binding of paper backed grey boards, which are usually quite worn. Some darkening to page edges and brown mark on margin of pages 149-150, but otherwise very good. With the bookplate of George Abraham Crawley (1864-1926), the British artist, designer, and architect. 282 pages. PRERAPH/071916.
(Inventory #: 29659)
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