A Book of Masks

London: Elkin Mathews, 1907.

Price: $2,000.00

First edition. Printed gray wrappers. Small chips to the yapped edges, else very good. This copy contains five manuscript poems in the hand of Underwood, and is Inscribed, but not signed: "To Alan because he cared --- [yin and yang symbol] Washington June, 1915." Underwood was a talented American poet who worked in the State Department and wrote in a decadent manner with some affinities to the pre-Raphaelite movement. He was an accomplished veteran of the homosexual underground scene of the period and is perhaps best known as the mentor and confidant of Hart Crane (and one of the best sources of information on Underwood is Clive Fisher's biography Hart Crane: A Life).

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A Book of Masks. Wilbur UNDERWOOD.