Love in Earnest: Sonnets, Ballades, and Lyrics. John Gambril NICHOLSON.

Love in Earnest: Sonnets, Ballades, and Lyrics

London: Elliot Stock (1892). 230pp.

Item #7208

The author's first published collection of poems, an elusive collection of Uranian verse extolling the virtues of boys. The Petrachan sonnets chronicle the love for a boy over an extended period of time and are among the best of Uranian poetry.
The second issue of the first edition, the first having been the subject of fulminations by Frederick Rolfe for the use of one of his own poems (St. William of Norwich on p. 164) and withdrawn after publication. A very good copy in half-parchment and floral fabric, boards lightly worn, spine and endpapers a bit darkened and slightly marked, a few small stains to cover, hinges a bit weak. Warmly inscribed by the author to J.J. Evershed: "in remembrance of his sometime "left-wing forward co-operation" with John Gambril Nicholson/London Welch/AFC/1897-98." The recipient was undoubtedly one of Nicholson's young football-playing proteges. Quite rare.

Price: $2,600.00

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