London: Edward Moxon, 1865. First edition. Hardcover. 1/100. Small quarto. (xii, *12 for 14) 111pp. Modern beige cloth slipcase. Beige buckram boards with gilt stamped debossed circular designs on the front cover, and gilt lettering on the spine. Beveled edges. The beautiful binding was designed by the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Includes a letter from Swinburne's sister Isabel (1846-1915), which is an poem (with illustrations) written to her cousin, signed & dated "July 6th, 1879", and laid in at the interior front cover.
The work is a first edition of one of Swinburne's most famous works, printed in an edition thought to have been limited to 100 copies. The p.85 & 86 cancels are present. Binding with some water stains, smudges and scratching to boards. Light rubbing and bumping to corners and along hinges of the spine. Small 1/4" tear halfway up the spine. Interior with some minor sporadic smudges and foxing to some pages. Starting at a few of the roman numeral pages. Previous owner's insciption in pencil, at front free endpaper Book block fairly tight overall. Slipcase in very good+, binding in good, interior very good condition overall. Rare. g to vg. Item #42127