First edition, first issue. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments and titles in gilt on yellow and red morocco labels to the spine. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. 8vo. (vii), 344pp. No half title called for. Bound without the catalogue at the rear. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with some rubbing to the edges and corners. The contents, with a little pencilled marginalia pertaining to the issue points in an unknown hand and some light spotting, are otherwise clean throughout. Scarce in the first issue.

The first issue of the first edition with all 26 errors noted in the Wise bibliography here present and uncorrected, most of which were caught by the author and corrected, usually by cancel leaves, in the copies released to the public (the second issue). Swinburne was one of the most accomplished lyric poets of the Victorian era and a pre-eminent symbol of rebellion against the conservative values of his time. The explicit and taboo themes within this volume, such as lesbianism, sado-masochism and anti-theism delighted some and shocked many, the sensation on first publication leading Edward Moxon to transfer its publication rights to John Camden Hotten. (Wise I:25) Provenance: from the library of Martin Stone.

Stock code: 16553


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