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ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo.

Rare books, first editions and signed first editions by Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo).

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  1. Chronicles of the House of Borgia.

    Chronicles of the House of Borgia.

    First edition, first impression of Corvo's monumental account of one of history's greatest and most notorious families. One of 1,250 copies. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110640

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  2. In His Own Image.

    In His Own Image.

    First edition, first printing, first issue binding. The sheets were printed in the US, with 1,500 sets imported to the UK, where the book was published on 5 March 1901. It was released in the US one month later, on 6 April 1901. Copies issued in the US were bound in purple cloth, and in the UK in green, grey, red, or dark blue cloth. The question of determining which colour of cloth has priority is much debated; however, it is widely accepted that the earliest copies are those bound in purple cloth, and Woolf posits that the first copies issued in the UK were imported from the US, having been bound in purple cloth. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 100920

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  3. Agricultural and Pastoral Prospects of South Africa.
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    Agricultural and Pastoral Prospects of South Africa.

    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies. Inscribed by Owen Thomas on the front free endpaper, "To Captain Hon. C. J. White, with the author's compliments. Fawley, Henley-on-Thames. 14 Oct. 1904." White (1860-1930) joined the British South Africa Company Police in April 1891, and was appointed commissioner of the Mashonaland Mounted Police (later the Rhodesian Mounted Police) in January 1893; he relinquished his command at the time of the Jameson Raid (1895-6), with some speculation that he was complicit in its planning. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110625

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Hadrian the Seventh. A Romance.

    Hadrian the Seventh. A Romance.

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with the decoration on the front board in white and later publisher's advertisements. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101217

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  5. Don Tarquinio

    Don Tarquinio

    A Kataleptic Phantasmatic Romance.
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding. Of the 1011 sets of sheets printed only 650 were issued in the primary binding, the rest being sold off in cheaper formats over the ensuing decades. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 84232

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  6. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.
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    The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.

    A Romance of Modern Venice. With an introduction by A. J. A. Symons.
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,020 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper to the author Ralph Straus: "For Ralph Straus, whose gifts are almost an numerous as Corvo's, & who loves books as much as I do. Very cordially, from his friend A.J. Dec., 1934." A. J. A. Symons (1900-1941), book collector and writer, will always be associated with Baron Corvo through his biography The Quest for Corvo (1933), "a brilliantly evocative account of how he established the facts surrounding the life and literary career of Baron Corvo (Frederick Rolfe), the eccentric homosexual writer" (ODNB). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102584

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Letters to Grant Richards.

    Letters to Grant Richards.

    First edition, limited issue. Number 15 of 200 copies only, issued by the bookseller and Corvine specialist George Sims under his Peacock Press imprint. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: [Hurst, Berkshire]

    Stock Code: 105472

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  8. Nicholas Crabbe.

    Nicholas Crabbe.

    Or The One And The Many. A Romance.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102563

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  9. Nicholas Crabbe.

    Nicholas Crabbe.

    Or, The One And The Many. A Romance. With an introduction by Cecil Woolf and an appendix of letters from Sholto Douglas to Fr. Rolfe.
    First edition, limited issue of 215 copies (200 for sale) of which this is number 36. The trade issue was published in 1958; "owing to delays in preparing, and obtaining permission to publish, the additional material contained in the Appendix, and the Printers' Strike during the Summer of 1959, the limited issue was considerably delayed". Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107485

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  10. Corvo, 1860-1960.

    Corvo, 1860-1960.

    A collection of Essays by Various Hands to Commemorate the Centenary of the Birth of Fr. Rolfe, Baron Corvo. Edited by Cecil Woolf and Brocard Sewell and with an introduction by Pamela Hansford Johnson.
    First edition, signed limited issue, in the scarce jacket. Number 299 of 300 copies only, signed by the editors. A further 14 copies were printed on Hodgkinson's handmade blue-laid paper, and finely bound. The volume includes essays by Brian Fothergill, David Lodge, Donald Weeks, Houedard and a piece by the great George Sims on the Benson-Rolfe manuscript. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: Aylesford

    Stock Code: 105677

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  11. Don Renato. An Ideal Content. A Historical Romance.

    Don Renato. An Ideal Content. A Historical Romance.

    Edited and with an introduction by Cecil Woolf.
    First published edition, trade issue. It was preceded the same month by the limited issue. The book was first accepted for publication in 1907, and was set for release in 1909; however, it was suppressed before publication, and only five advance copies survive. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102579

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  12. Without Prejudice.

    Without Prejudice.

    One Hundred Letters from Frederick William Rolfe to John Lane. Edited with an Introduction by Cecil Woolf and privately Printed for Allen Lane.
    First edition, limited issue, one of 600 copies. The first publication of this collection of letters from Rolfe to his publisher, John Lane, and which was published privately as a gift for friends and family by Allen Lane, John's nephew and the founder of Penguin Books. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 102595

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  13. Don Renato. An Ideal Content. A Historical Romance.

    Don Renato. An Ideal Content. A Historical Romance.

    Edited and with an Introduction by Cecil Woolf.
    First edition, first impression. From the library of Alan Ansen. Learn More
    £70

    Date of Publication: 1963

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    Stock Code: 51627

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  14. Without Prejudice.

    Without Prejudice.

    One Hundred Letters from Frederick William Rolfe to John Lane. Edited with an Introduction by Cecil Woolf and privately Printed for Allen Lane.
    First edition, first impression. The first publication of this collection of letters from Rolfe to his publisher, John Lane. Published privately as a gift for friends and family by Allen Lane, John's nephew and the founder of Penguin Books. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 84788

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  15. Stories Toto Told Me.

    Stories Toto Told Me.

    With a preface by Christopher Sykes.
    Second edition, abridged. It was first published in 1898. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102577

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  16. Collected Poems.

    Collected Poems.

    With an introduction by Cecil Woolf.
    First edition, first impression, containing some previously unpublished poems. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105615

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  17. The Venice Letters.

    The Venice Letters.

    Edited and with an introduction by Cecil Woolf. Together with: Art & Literature No. 5 - An International Review.
    First unexpurgated edition, first impression. A selection of the letters were originally published in The Art & Literature journal, which contained 12 letters and four postcards from Rolfe to Charles Masson Fox between 1909 and 1910, edited by Cecil Woolf. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105618

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  18. Aberdeen Interval.

    Aberdeen Interval.

    Some letters from Frederick William Rolfe to Wilfrid Meynell.
    First edition, limited issue. Number 10 of 120 copies printed on Strathmore paper; an additional 20 copies lettered A to T were printed on handmade paper by Barcham Green. Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 102597

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  19. Letters to Harry Bainbridge.
    £70

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105623

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  20. Letters to Harry Bainbridge.
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102575

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