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Petersfield, Hants: January 25, 1929.
2pp. on one sheet. 9 Whitehouse Terrace, Edinburgh stationary, but actually sent from Petersfield. A fascinating two-page letter to "Mr. Burdett," Osbert Burdett (1885-1936) English author, saying, "I telephoned to Fr. Gray [John Gray] you were pleased to have had "The Long Road" and he was both pleased and surprised- 'greatly interested.' All Blake readers should be beholden to you. I will re-read Yeats: some I saw in the Mercury, some in an American periodical. He was of course much attached to Mabel [Aubrey Beardsley's sister]. Thank you again, Yours Sincerely, Andre S. Raffalovich, Jan 25, 1929. In 1894, Raffalovich started to contribute on the subject of homosexuality (unisexualitÈ, as he called it) to the Archives de l'Anthropologie Criminelle, a prestigious revue founded in Lyon by Alexandre Lacassagne, a pioneer criminologist and professor of forensic medicine. He soon became recognised as an expert in the field, engaging in correspondence with other researchers throughout Europe. In 1896, under the influence of John Gray, Raffalovich embraced Catholicism and joined the tertiary order of the Dominicans as Brother Sebastian. Raffalovich letters are extremely scarce, and this one packs a lot of familiar names in two pages.
Price: $2,250.00 Item #2878