God Save the King.Paris, Hours Press,  Stock Code: 106933
NotesFirst and limited edition, number 29 of 150 copies signed by the author. This is the only substantial poetry collection of Brian Howard (1905-1958), one of the Eton Arts Society group with Harold Acton, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, and Henry Yorke; at Oxford he knew Evelyn Waugh and Waugh, writing later that Howard "dazzled me rather 25 years ago", drew on him for the character of Ambrose Silk in Put Out More Flags and Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited. There is a potted biography of him in The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, edited by Michael Davie: "peripatetic life in Europe; early and articulate anti-Fascist; occasional reviewer for New Statesman; RAF aircraftman in World War II; committed suicide by an overdose of drugs following the death of his lover; buried Nice cemetery. A notorious and extravagant aesthete-homosexual, described by Waugh, borrowing Lady Caroline Lamb's words, as 'mad, bad, and dangerous to know'".
Tall octavo. Original black sheepskin spine, gilt lettered, decorated boards designed by John Banting, untrimmed.
A little wear to head and tail of spine, touch of foxing to prelims. An exceptionally nice copy.
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