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Auction: Auction 03.06.2003
was auctioned on: 3 June 2003
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SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles (1837-1909). Under the Microscope . London: Savill, Edwards and Co. for D. White, 1872. 8° (191 x 130mm). Errata slip tipped onto G4v, leaf D5 a cancellans, copy of the cancellandum leaf D5 loosely-inserted. Original print...

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Estimate: £500 - £700
ca. US$830 - US$1,162
Price realised:  £470
ca. US$780
Lot number 199, Views: 53

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles (1837-1909). Under the Microscope . London: Savill, Edwards and Co. for D. White 1872. 8° (191 x 130mm). Errata slip tipped onto G4v, leaf D5 a cancellans, copy of the cancellandum leaf D5 loosely-inserted. Original printed wrappers, gilt morocco box (a few light marks on wrappers, box partially faded). Provenance : errata added to text in pencil by an early hand. FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. Swinburne's pamphlet was his 'reply to the attack made by Robert Buchanan upon Rossetti and himself in The Fleshly School of Poetry (Wise, p.103). The offending passage that caused the cancellation of D5 is a description of Lancelot in Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur as 'the very vilest figure in all that cycle of strumpets and scoundrels, broken here and there by an imbecile, which Mr Tennyson has set revolving around the figure of his central wittol'; this was revised to 'cycle of more or less symbolic agents and patients which ...'. Wise Ashley Library VI, p.98.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 03.06.2003
Date of the auction: 3 Jun 2003
Address: Christie's
London, South Kensington