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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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]

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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