The Forgotten Island.

  • [Hall, Radclyffe, i.e.] Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall
  • London: Chapman & Hall Ltd 1915


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FIRST EDITION, publisher’s presentation copy, 8vo, pp. 84. Original black cloth, front board bordered by double white rules and lettered direct in white. Some spotting and marking, mainly to half-title and flyleaves. Binding rubbed and soiled, front board slightly bowed and cloth a little rippled from damp, white decoration rubbed away in places, evidence of recolouring it to head of spine. Ownership inscription dated May 1916 of ‘H. Henderson “Bard o’Reay” and “the poet of the north”‘, ‘presentation copy’ embossment to title-page.


An unpleasant copy, but the scarce first edition of Radclyffe Hall's (1880-1943) sixth book of poetry. This copy belonged to Scottish poet Henry Morrison Henderson (1873-1957) and may have been presented to him by the publisher. While WorldCat cites many copies in North America, there are fewer than a dozen in the UK, and it is rare in commerce. Hall dedicated the collection to keyboardist Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, famous for both her contributions to harpsichord music and for her rich personal life, perhaps evidenced by the erotic nature of the poems herein: poem XXIII begins, 'Thy beauty burns me as a breath of fire,/ When thy hands touch me, all the world is compassed/ Within the limits of their slender whiteness./ Where may I hide from this destroying rapture,/ From this swift longing that engulfs my being?'

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