The Autobiography of Lord Alfred Douglas Signed First Edition - 1929
The Autobiography of Lord Alfred Douglas. First edition, first printing. Martin Secker, 1929. 8vo, dark blue vertically ribbed cloth, gilt-lettered spine and upper side, top edges stained to match covers, lower edges uncut, 9 portraits.
Signed Dedication Copy, inscribed to (Major) “Richard Girouard from Alfred Douglas, August 1932” on first free endpaper. Douglas was the poet and intimate companion of the great Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. Condition VG. Book has been expertly recased using the original cloth. Light rubbing to cover, spine ends and corners. Browning to a few pages and light rubbing to pastedowns, otherwise the interior is clean. Includes striking frontispiece photograph of Douglas. 340 pages plus index. With Mylar jacket.
MAJOR RICHARD DESIRE GIROUARD (1905–1989) was the son of Sir Percy Girouard, the distinguished Canadian railway builder and governor of Northern Nigeria.
LORD ALFRED BRUCE DOUGLAS (1870-1945), was a British writer who first came to prominence in the 1890s as the young intimate companion of Oscar Wilde. After Douglas’ father, the 9th Marquess of Queensbury, publicly accused Wilde of sodomy, Wilde filed the libel lawsuit that led to his own conviction and two-year prison term for indulging in “the love that dare not speak its name.”
During the later part of 1897, Wilde and Douglas lived together near Naples, but for financial and other reasons, they separated. Wilde lived the remainder of his life primarily in Paris, and Douglas returned to England in late 1898. Douglas published several volumes of poetry, two books about his relationship with Wilde, and an autobiography.