BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics & Songs of Proteus by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt with the Love-Sonnets of Proteus by the Same Author now Reprinted in their Full Text with Many Sonnets Omitted from the Earlier Editions. London: Kelmscott Press, 1892
Small 4to. Original vellum, spine lettered in gilt, green silk ties, edges untrimmed; ornamental woodcut border and initials, the initials printed in red, text printed in black and red in the Golden type; pp. [x], vii, [i], 251, [vii]; bookplate on front paste-down; a very good copy.
One of only 300 copies printed by the Kelmscott Press. This is the only Kelmscott book with the initials printed in red, at the author's request.
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840 – 1922), was an English poet and writer best known for his poetry, but who also wrote a number of political essays and polemics. He is primarily known for his views against imperialism, viewed as relatively enlightened for his time. As an adult, he became an atheist, though he would walk in and out of episodes of faith and his writings, as well as some of his close friendships, show him to have had a serious interest in Islam. Blunt was also known for his scandalous affairs with prominent women, and a seemingly infinite capacity for falling in love.
A beautiful copy of this, the first collection of Blunt's poetry.