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The Antigone of Sophocles.

Published: The University Press; [and] London: Hoddern and Stoughton, Ltd., 1924

Stock code: 81168

Price: £125

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First edition, first impression, of Trevelyan’s close translation of Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone. Inscribed by Trevelyan to Irene Cooper Willis, a close Bloomsbury group friend, “Irene, from Bob, 20 November 1924”. 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 (to whom this book is dedicated) 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. Includes the publisher’s ticket tipped in.

Small octavo. Original Holland boards, white title label to spine. With the card dust jacket. Spotting to edges and partial toning to endpapers. An excellent copy in the spine-tanned and edge-toned jacket rubbed at the corners.

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