TREVELYAN, R. C.
Beelzebub and other poems.
First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies; no. 3 in the Hogarth Living Poets Second Series. Inscribed by Trevelyan early in the month of publication to his Bloomsbury group friend Irene Cooper Willis on the first blank, “Irene, from Bob, 9 Oct 1935”. Willis was a close friend of Trevelyan and received inscribed copies of most of the poet’s books. As well as being an author in her own right, she was notably the literary executrix of Thomas Hardy, and also the friend and executrix of Vernon Lee [pseud. of the Florence-based aesthete author Violet Paget: 1856-1935]. Willis had connections to the whole Trevelyan clan: R. C. Trevelyan’s younger brother the historian George Macaulay Trevelyan was involved in the founding of the British Institute of Florence, to which Willis bequeathed Vernon Lee’s substantial library; and Willis also sat with Trevelyan’s older brother Charles Philips Trevelyan on the executive committee of the Union of Democratic Control (the left-wing political group dissenting against British policy during the First World War), of which R. C. Trevelyan was also a member.
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Small octavo. Original white boards with red titles and illustrations to spine and sides. With the original glassine wrapper. Extremities rubbed and a little darkened, light toning and spotting to endpapers. An excellent copy in the toned wrapper with rubbing to corners and a chip to tail of spine panel.