London: John Camden Hotten, 1870.
First edition. Original plum cloth, beveled boards, with central gilt figure of man lying down at beach, gilt lettering on spine. ASSOCIATION COPY FROM O'SHAUGHNESSY TO PRE-RAPHAELITE ARTIST ALMA TADEMA: (written in purple ink on first blank before title page: "Monsier L. Ama Tadema, with the author's best regards, 16th January, 1871." Full-page illustrated title page (prior to lettered title page and five textual illustrations by J. T. Nettleship in an abstract almost Blakean style. O'Shaughnessy's first book, inscribed to Lawrence Alma-Tadema, classical Dutch painter who moved to London in 1870 to rapidly become one of the most famous and highly paid painters of his time, befriending and working with most of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. A wonderful and certainly important association, occurring at the brink of both poet's and artist's burgeoning careers. Near fine.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #2462