The Lantern of Fate, and other Poems
The Lantern of Fate, and other Poems

HUDSON, John V.P. The Lantern of Fate, and other Poems.

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HUDSON, John V.P. The Lantern of Fate, and other Poems. London: Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd, [1934].

Small 8vo. Original pale marbled paper-covered boards, title gilt to upper cover and spine; pp.20; internally clean with slight faint offset foxing from the binding, exterior with occasional mild browning in places, as might be expected for paper of this grade and colour, a very good copy of a rare title.
First, and likely only edition of a scarce work, signed by the author to the title page.
A collection of phantasmagorical poetry obsessed with sex, melodrama and death (usually in that order). Towards the end, Hudson runs out of material, and starts adding verse by Charles Rivière Dufresny and André Chénier (Nymphomania, Chant D'Amour & The To-Morrows).
We can trace two copies, one in the British Library and one other in the National Library of Scotland, but the book has otherwise vanished from the annals of history.

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