URANIAN

[Timothy D’Arch Smith, bibliographer and bookseller.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Tim’) to London bookseller Andrew Block, thanking him for books including ‘Corvos’.

Author: 
Timothy D’Arch Smith (b.1936), bibliographer, bookseller and chronicler of the ‘Uranian’ group of paedophile poets, manager of The Times Bookshop [Andrew Block, London bookseller; Baron Corvo]
Publication details: 
5 October 1962. On letterhead of The Times Bookshop, 42 Wigmore Street, London W1.
£56.00

For the background to this letter see D’Arch Smith’s memoir ‘The Times Deceas’d: The Rare Book Department of The Times Bookshop in the 1960s’ (2003). The obituary of the recipient Andrew Block (1892-1987) in ‘The Private Library’ was subtitled ‘the doyen of booksellers’; his business was established in 1911. 1p, 4to. Aged and lightly creased. Signed ‘Tim’, with Block writing ‘D’ARCH SMITH’ beside this. Begins: ‘My dear Andrew: / Thanks so much for looking after me so well on Saturday.

[ Author's copy, with his ownership inscription; Uranian poetry] Charmides and other Poems chiefly relating to Oxford.

Author: 
Gascoigne Mackie, author of The Man of Kerioth, Andrea and other Poems, etc. [ Edmund St Gascoigne Mackie (1867-1952), Uranian poet ]
Publication details: 
'250 copies printed.' Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, Broad Street. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Limited. 1912.
£500.00

107pp., 12mo. In half-binding with cream vellum-paper spine with printed label, and grey paper boards, with printed label on front board. Internally good and tight, with a little spotting, in binding with light wear, especially at the head of the spine where it affects the label. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper: 'Gascoigne Mackie | July 1912'. The author's own copy of a central item in the Uranian canon (the title poem was originally published in Oxford in 1898). In the four-page dedication to Arthur R.

A Catalogue of Letters, Manuscript Papers and Books of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo).

Author: 
Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe [Baron Corvo] [George Frederick Sims]
Publication details: 
Harrow: George Frederick Sims. [Printed by Purbrook & Eyres Ltd. 20 St. James' Walk, London, E.C.1]
£75.00

Eighteen pages, octavo, with four plates on art paper. In original grey printed wraps. Some light staining, creasing and wear. One of 600 copies. Lists seventy-seven items, with addenda of a further eleven. This milestone catalogue was published, according to Sims (A Life in Catalogues, 1994), in May 1949. At foot of title-page: 'N.B. This collection, with the exception of the Addenda of Books, has been sold.'

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