In Excelsis / Lord Alfred Douglas
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London, Martin Secker. (1924). First Edition. Hardcover. Book condition: Fine. Dust jacket condition: Very good plus with uneven toning and some shelf wear to extrems. 45pp.
An extraordinary association copy of an unusual title by Douglas. Poems written by Douglas while serving a prison sentence for libeling Sir Winston Churchill. Only 100 copies were printed. This appears to be an out of sequence copy, given by Douglas to the 1890's poet Arthur Clark Kennedy, and inscribed as such. Includes a holograph poem written by Douglas in black fountain pen on the verso of the half title page, as well as Clark Kennedy's personal bookplate.
Also laid in is a handwritten letter from Douglas to Clark Kennedy (posted to Clark Kennedy, who was then residing at the 13th century Chillingham Castle, now promoted as Britain's most haunted castle!) written on Gloria Mansion blue letterhead and posted from Nice, in its' original light blue airmail envelope, lined inside in darker blue tissue. In the letter Douglas writes to find out if Kennedy received the book and to detail his trip to France into Italy (where at one point, he stops to visit Sholto Johnstone Douglas, who posted bail for Wilde before he went to prison). Overall, a remarkable piece of literary history from the Oscar Wilde circle.