Feb 20, 2020 - Sale 2530

Sale 2530 - Lot 216

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
[CORVO, BARON (pseud, of Frederick William Rolfe)]. Tarcissus: The Boy Martyr of Rome, in the Diocletian Persecution A.D. CCCIII. 16mo, original grey printed wrappers, one small spot to front wrap, "1880" written in ink on front wrap corner (publication was late that year or early 1881), ownership signature of A.T. Bartholomew and his manuscript note recording 1926 purchase from Christopher Sclater Millard on verso of front wrap; preserved in cloth folding case with Corvo biographer Robert Scoble's signature in pencil. [Saffron Walden, Essex: Bordman, 1880]

Additional Details

baron corvo's first book, issued anonymously, one of likely fewer than 50 copies. Superb copy with exceptional provenance, from the collections of Wilde biographer Mason/Millard; through Bartholomew, a Cambridge University librarian and early Corvo enthusiast; H. Bradley Martin (sold at Sotheby's, 1990); and leading Corvo scholar and biographer Scoble. Rare. Woolf A1a.