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Poems. Clive BELL.


Richmond: Hogarth Press, 1921. First Edition. Stiff Card Covers. First and only Impression, limited to 350 copies, hand printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Crown 8vo (190 x 130mm): 29,[3]pp. String-bound stiff buff wrappers, lettered and with clover design in red on front cover. A superb copy, partly unopened, fresh, bright, and virtually pristine. Woolmer 12. Fine. Item #BB2331

Privately published, as Ad Familiares, in 1917, with Bell adding four poems to this issue, including one dedicated to Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova, wife of John Maynard Keynes. Bell was Virginia Woolf's brother-in-law, married to her elder sister, Vanessa. According to historian Stanley Rosenbaum, He "may, indeed, be the least liked member of Bloomsbury. . . . Bell has been found wanting by biographers and critics of the Group—as a husband, a father, and especially a brother-in-law. It is undeniable that he was a wealthy snob, hedonist, and womanizer, a racist and an anti-Semite (but not a homophobe), who changed from a liberal socialist and pacifist into a reactionary appeaser. Bell's reputation has led to his being underestimated in the history of Bloomsbury." (Georgian Bloomsbury, v. III: The Early Literary History of the Bloomsbury Group, 1910–1914). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

Price: $865.00

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