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Sale 2514 Lot 16
JOHN MORAY STUART-YOUNG (1881–1939)
An Urning's Love (Being a Poetic Study of Morbidity), Osrac, the Self-Sufficient and Other Poems.
9 photogravure plates, mostly portraits of Stuart-Young and Oscar Wilde, and Alfred Douglas. Printed in red, green, and black. Publisher's gilt-pictorial vellum with daffodil design on front cover, slightly bowed, some natural discoloration; all edges trimmed and gilt, binder's placement notes in red ink on each plate, some splitting on rear pastedown from bowing. London: Hermes Press, 1905.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,500
number 40 of only 50 copies of the limited signed first edition and dated March 3, 1906. Stuart-Young was a poet and African trader who yearned for literary fame and claimed to have had a relationship with Oscar Wilde. This work is a fantastical record of the friendship, including falsified letters, and Stuart-Young's own poetry.