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ID: 2346
Carmina Rapta
FAIRFAX, Griffyth

Category: First Edition

London Elkin Mathews, Cork Street. 1919.


First edition; 8vo; original cloth backed printed brown papered boards; 72pp. Being verse translations from the French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Latin, with a few Arabic, Japanese and Armenian renderings from French prose versions.Inscribed on the front free endpaper, 'With the authors complements & all good wishes for 1929 p.s. This is the last book of verse I published. For a Xmas poem see p.20 Griffyth Fairfax.' Fairfax, was the great-grandson of the Australian newspaper tycoon John Fairfax He was educated at Winchester School and New College, Oxford. He served in the 15th Indian Division in the First World War, and rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Service Corps. His first volume of poetry was published in 1908 and he published two volumes of war poems, The Temple of Janus in 1917 and Mesopotamia in 1919. He was also active in literary circles and had an influence on and was influenced by his friend Ezra Pound. Fairfax and Pound eventually became romantic rivals for the affections of Dorothy Shakespear: Dorothy and Pound became engaged early in 1914 apparently much to Fairfax's shock. Fairfax was a MP for Norwich for the Conservatives from 1924 to 1929 election. A fine copy just a little wear to the extremities.

Price £250.00

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