Under the Hill,
and other essays in prose and verse.London: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1904 Stock Code: 134094
NotesFirst edition, one of 50 copies printed on japon, of Beardsley's unfinished erotic novel based on the legend of Tannhäuser, alongside a collection of Beardsley's other poems, letters, and artwork. This copy has the armorial bookplate of Sydney Frederick McIlree Lomer on front free endpaper. In 1914 McIlree Lomer, a Uranian poet and Major with the Sherwood Foresters, published a notably homoerotic translation of Epigrams from Anthologia Palatina XII, "an explicit paederastic text" (Hoare). Lomer was also a close friend of Noel Coward and Philip Streatfeild, who joined his regiment in 1914. When Coward visited Lomer with Esmé Wynne-Tyson in 1916, at the age of 16, he made note that Lomer's "wonderful house was filled with gorgeous books" (ibid.).
Quarto. Original white buckram, elaborately decorated in gilt to front board, titles to spine in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. House in the green cloth slipcase.
Title page printed in red and black. Frontispiece after photograph of Beardsley at Mentone, 14 plates and two illustrations in the text.
Wear to spine ends and tips, spine browned, buckram lightly soiled, foxing to endpapers; else a very good copy indeed.
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