RAYMOND, John. The Doge of Dover and other Essays. London: MacGibbon & Kee, .
Original boards with dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. 183, apart from light offsetting from endpapers a fine copy.
First edition, signed authorial presentation copy inscribed and dated 1963 to James Pope-Hennesy, with the accompanying letter by the author tipped in.
A collection of essays on Irish and English literature, written by Britain's foremost Catholic critique, who presented this volume to the free-thinking Catholic writer Pope-Hennesy (1916-1974), whose family hailed from Kerry and Malaysia. He wrote about the slave trade, criticized Imperialism, and lived almost openly as a homosexual. He was portrayed by Lucian Freud, a friend of Harold Nicolson, and many artists of the period.