1909. London: Burns and Oates, 1909.
8vo, 91, iv (publisher's ads)pp. Original brown buckram stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. A little rubbed and worn, endpapers toned, pages clean. Book plate of San Francisco society woman Celia Tobin Clark.
§ First edition, regular copy, published two years after the author's death with an introduction by George Wyndham and notes by Wilfrid Meynell. Hailed - too late for the author - as a paragon of the English essay, its publication in book form is as much a tribute to Thompson as to Shelley. The poet and mystic Francis Thompson had a sad, short life, marred by opium and homelessness, smoothed at times by the attentions of Alice and Wilfrid Meynell and the friendship of Coventry Patmore. This essay was discovered by Wilfrid Meynell among Thompson's papers after his death. Originally written for and rejected by the Catholic quarterly, The Dublin Review, Meynell resubmitted it to the Review where it was published to great acclaim. Item #124593