SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. A Word for the Navy. George Redway 1896.
8vo., bound in contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Printed in blue. Binding a little rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
Third edition, "Popular Edition". The first edition (1887) was limited to 29 copies only, followed in the same year by the Redway edition of 250 copies.. Interestingly, in the intervening years between the first edition and this edition, political alliances within Europe had changed and Swinburne changed his text accordingly. "It is now re-issued with a few alterations rendered desirable by change of national circumstances". Hence the line [stanza iv, line2] "Strong Germany, girded with guile" replaced the earlier "Dark Muscovy, girded with guile".
From the library of Holbrook Jackson, British journalist, writer and publisher. He was recognised as one of the leading bibliophiles of his time. With his ownership inscription on front-free endpaper.