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Gaston De Latour, An Unfinished Romance

Pater, Walter

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Portland: Thomas B. Mosher, 1907. Small octavo, beautifully bound in full olive morocco, tooled with a simple gilt fillet on each cover, but with elaborate gilt-dentelles on the turn-ins, and all edges gilt. Pp. xi, 131, [1]. Covers gently faded, mostly on the spine, but still a very good to fine copy. Limited to 925 copies on Van Gelder paper. Bishop #127. According to Bishop ("Thomas R. Mosher: Pirate Prince of Publishers") this edition contains two chapters fewer than the 1901 Macmillan edition on which it is based. The story, an extension of "Marius." set in sixteenth-century France, was projected in three historical novels left unfinished by Pater when he died in 1894, and first published in 1896. "Among British prose writers of the Victorian era, Walter Pater stands as the embodiment of stylistic elegance. His critical essays, ranging widely over Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and contemporary artists and writers, are themselves literary works of the first order. William Butler Yeats called Pater's novel, Marius the Epicurean, 'the only great prose in modern English.His stylistic elegance and his dangerous ideas about art's autonomy from morality, combined with rumors of homosexuality at Oxford, where he taught, made Pater's name virtually synonymous with gay sensibility during the late nineteenth century.' " (Summers, Claude J., ed. "The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage" N.Y., 1995). Bookseller Inventory # 9792

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Title: Gaston De Latour, An Unfinished Romance

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