An Imaginary Portrait.

An Imaginary Portrait.
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Oxford: H. Daniel, 1894. 12mo., 61 pp., Daniel Press publisher's device on rear wrapper, last page and flourishes. Original printed wrappers, untrimmed hand-made paper, with ink ownership inscription of Harriette Morrell, dated 1894 to head of upper wrapper. Light foxing to edges of wrappers; very good. First edition thus. 250 copies printed, this is number 6. Ex libris Frederic and Harriette Morrell of Black Hall, Oxford. From the Daniel Press, printed by Charles Henry Daniel in Oxford while bursar of Worcester College. The well-known essay entitled ‘The Child in the House’ is one of Pater’s most delicate character drawings, and is believed to be largely autobiographical. It portrays the development of a sensitive child’s mind in an old-fashioned house near the city, and forms a desirable volume. First printed in Macmillan’s Magazine, vol. 38 (1878), p. 313, it is here for the first time reprinted with loving care. Pater’s close friends from the 1870s and 1880s included Oscar Wilde, Vernon Lee, Arthur Symons, Mary Robinson, and Edmund Gosse, all known for subverting sexual conventions of the time. Henry Daniel was a friend and admirer of Pater, though his senior by some years. DP 33. (Item Id: 108076)

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