London: Grant Richards (1922). Last Poems was a tribute to Housman's close friend, Moses Jackson. One of his best known poems is included in the collection It contains one of his best known poems, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries " about the Second Battle of Ypres. This is the correct first edition with the typographical errors on page 52. A very good copy in original dark boards, lightly scuffed, light occasional foxing. With the Raffolovich Bequest bookplate on front pastedown and the Dominican Fathers cancellation stamp on first endpaper.
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Lyon: A. Rey (1921). 457pp. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist who edited the influential Archives d'anthropologie criminelle for many years. It was in this context that he became acquainted with Andre Raffalovich, who contributed a number of essays on homosexuality to the journal. This was the author's last work and bears a warm inscription to Raffalovich on front endpaper. Very good in original wrappers.
London: Walter Scott (1886). 148pp. A collection of poems, velied but clearly Uranian in tone, evoking the spirits of Ganymede, Adonis, Narcissus and other classical figures. Raffalovich, the wealthy Russian emigré, was an acquaintance of Wilde and intimate of John Gray for many years. A frequent writer on homosexuality in medical journals, he also published several other volumes of prose and poetry. Original tan cloth with bevelled edges lettered in red and decorated in black. Covers lightly worn, light loss at head and tale of spine, spine a bit dulled, small mark on endpaper, bookplate of Anthony Reid (by Ralph Chubb) on front pastedown. Inscribed by the author to Mrs. Lovett Cameron (aka Caroline Sharp), the British romantic fiction writer. Young 3177*. Rare.