New York: The Medusa Head, 1928. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Large octavo, original purple cloth stamped in gilt. 107 pp., Frontispiece with tissue guard plus 9 additional full-page black & white plates by Blaisdell. Issued in a limited edition of 800 copies, of which this is copy No. 491 of 775 hand-numbered copies printed on Unicorn paper. The delicate and volatile purple cloth has faded on the spine panel, some mild offsetting from the plates (as usual); ink inscription in French on a preliminary blank, dated 1929, otherwise a very nice, near fine copy of this scarce book, housed in the even scarcer and very fragile slipcase. The slipcase has the hand-numbered printed title label on the spine; shows overall fading to the purple paper and has light chips to the edges of the folds but is vastly superior to most - in fact, due to it's fragile nature, most of these slipcases are non-existant today. A very nice copy. Very Good in slipcase. Item #311535
¶ Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900) was an English poet, novelist, short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement. Dowson is best remembered for such vivid phrases as "Days of Wine and Roses" & and "Gone with the wind", the latter being used by author Margaret Mitchell as the title of her famous novel.