Songs of Adieu. Lord Henry Richard Charles SOMERSET.

Songs of Adieu

London: Chatto & Windus (1889).

Item #1891

The first published collection of Uranian poetry, according to the scholar Timothy d'Arch Smith in his definitive treatise on the subject, Love in Earnest (pp.24-27). The book was issued while the author lived in exile in France after a scandal involving a seventeen year old boy with whom he had become besotted had forced him to leave England, leaving a scandal in his wake. The poems in this volume deal directly with this ill-fated love affair and were reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette in the year of publication (‘He has nothing to say and says it’.) Some have argued that the aristocrat who perverts Dorian Gray in Wilde's novel (Lord Henry) was in fact modeled after Somerset.
Very good in original parchment boards, a few small marks on boards, endpapers foxed, light ownership signature on endpaper, inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "With H. Somerset's kindest regards- Monte Carlo, Jan. 1889." Laid into the book is a 2pp ALS dated 1889 regarding a meeting at Sandringham stables on his Park House stationary.

Price: $750.00