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THOMSON, James.

The City of Dreadful Night and other Poems.

London, Reeves and Turner, 1880 Stock Code: 126448
£750.00
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First edition, one of 40 unnumbered large paper copies. Thomson's The City of Dreadful Night, a pessimistic reaction against modern urban life, has been praised as a forerunner of modernism. The work proved a major influence on T. S. Eliot, both in its style, its theme and in its depiction of London, influences that can be clearly seen in The Waste Land. From the library of collector and librarian Simon Nowell-Smith (1909-1996), with his book label - and his wife Judith's - to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, brown endpapers.

Condition

Lightly rolled, a few tiny marks to cloth, hinges splitting, some very faint foxing to contents. Still a very nice copy.

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