Essays from de Quincey.
Edited by J.H. Fowler.London: Adam and Charles Black, 1900 Stock Code: 142636
The copy of the poet Rupert Brooke, with his pencilled initials to the half-title, and with extensive marginal emphases and notations by Brooke, in de Quincey's essay 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth'. These notations are chiefly stylistic observation, but also include a marginal line and cross seemingly corroborating de Quincey's scorn for "the natural but ignoble instinct by which we cleave to life" - somewhat resonant when considered in the light of Brooke's own willingness to die as expressed in his most famous war poem, "The Soldier".
This book was recorded in the catalogue of the Brooke collector John Henry V. Schröder, which noted that the book had been a gift from Brooke to Estrid Linder, the Swedish student who was helping him with Strindberg. There is a bold inscription "Rupert Brooke" on the front free endpaper, which would seem to be in her hand rather than Rupert's.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Peripheral rubbing and bumping, light foxing around initial and final leaves. A very good copy.
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