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An Imaginary Portrait

Oxford: Privately Printed by the Daniel Press, 1894.

First edition. 12mo. Original printed gray wrappers, edges overlapping and uncut. 61pp. printed on handmade paper side and bottom edges uncut. #53 of 250 Numbered Copies. Daniel Press publisher's device on rear wrapper, last page and flourishes. Printed with very large margins. An unusually scarce book. "The book appears in June, 1894, as a privately printed book by H. Daniel on French hand-made paper and sold at a Venetian Fete at Worcester College, Oxford, for the benefit of the Parish of St. Thomas Martyr. The 250 copies were sold within an hour; Oscar Wild bought one of them and presented it to his wife Constance, and the Provost's wife, Mrs. Olive Daniel, expressed to Pater her gratituded for being allowd to print 'such a treasure.' 'I quite love your child,' she confessed, etc.'" -From "Walter Pater: Imaginary Portraits," by Lene Ostermark-Johansen. The "child in the house,' of course referred to Pater's autobiographical and narrative by the same name (and given simply as the half-title in this book). Near fine. No copies located on the market at time of writing.

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An Imaginary Portrait. Walter Pater.