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    Edition de Luxe of Swinburne's "Poems of Childhood"

    [Arthur Rackham, illustrator]. Algernon Charles Swinburne. The Springtide of Life. Poems of Childhood. With a Preface by Edmund Gosse. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, [1918].

    Limited to 765 numbered copies, "of which 100 are reserved for United States of America and 15 for presentation." This copy is No. 485, signed by Arthur Rackham. Large quarto (11.1875 x 9.0625 inches; 285 x 231 mm.). ix, [1], 132, [1], [1, printer's imprint] pages. Nine color plates mounted on brown paper, with descriptive tissue guards, and fifty-two drawings in black and white. Title printed in black and green.

    Publisher's quarter vellum over ivory boards with front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Publisher's device stamped in blind on rear cover. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers printed in green. Corners and board edges lightly bumped, spine extremities rubbed, slight browning to board edges, slight browning to rear free endpaper. Paper lightly browned and/or foxed at the edges, with a few tiny tears. Frontispiece tissue guard expertly renewed. Previous owner's faint ink presentation inscription, dated Christmas 1918, on front free endpaper. An excellent copy.

    "As the close of his life approached, Swinburne frequently expressed his intention to extract from his various volumes those poems which were addressed to children, or were descriptive of child-life, and to publish them in a separate edition...One reason why Swinburne never brought out such a collection was his failure to find an artist who could interpret to his satisfaction the simplicity and freshness of his verses. We are fortunate in having secured, in Mr. Arthur Rackham, one whose delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's, and who understands, no less than he did, how 'Heaven lies about us in our infancy'" (Preface).

    This edition has an extra color plate not in the trade edition.

    Latimore and Haskell, pp. 48-49. Riall, p. 133.


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