The author’s personal copy


Swinburne, Algernon Charles. London: Chatto & Windus, 1886. 1st edition. Author’s copy, with his bookplate on the pastedown. 390 pp. 12mo. Very good+.

A true rarity. Blue cloth with gold rules and titling; untrimmed edges. Occasional wear and spotting. Offset to the front free endpaper. Text block is crisp and wholly unmarked.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 – 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. A controversial figure at the time, Swinburne was a sado-masochist and alcoholic and was obsessed with the Middle Ages and lesbianism.


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