Inscribed by both Christina and William Rossetti[Christina Rossetti and Michael Rossetti, INSCRIBED]. Charles Yriarte. LIMITED. Francoise de Rimini. Paris: J. Rothschild, 1883. Limited edition of five hundred numbered copies printed on Japon paper, of which this copy is numbered 3. Quarto. 144 pages. Illustrated plates and designs. White leather covered boards with gilt rules, gilt title on spine, gilt dentelles, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Inscribed by Christina Rossetti on the first blank: "On the 30th November 1883 my/ dearest Charles Bagot Cayley brought/ me this beautiful book in preparation/ for my birthday December 5.: on/ the night of which day he died,/ being found the next morning dead/ in his bed in an attitude of quiet/ unbroken sleep. Please God the/ 5th December may be a better/ birthday to him them 53 years/ ago it was to me./ Christina Rossetti." On the verso of the page, facing the half-title is an inscription by her brother: "W.M. Rossetti/ from Christina's books/ 1894." Boards rubbed and lightly soiled, pages lightly toned; else a wonderful association copy in very good condition. From the William E. Fredeman Collection.
Charles Bagot Cayley was an English translator and close friend of Christina and William Rossetti. He fell in love with Christina Rossetti; however, she would not marry him due to religious differences. He is best known for his work on Dante's The Divine Comedy.
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