The Priest and the Acolyte

With an Introductory Protest by Stuart Mason

[BLOXAM, John Francis]

[BLOXAM, John Francis] The Priest and the Acolyte With an Introductory Protest by Stuart Mason

Lotus Press, 1907.

First book form edition. Slim 8vo. Grey paper covered boards, with white title labels lettered in black on the spine and upper cover. Top and front edges untrimmed. A very good copy of a rare and fragile item. Spine ends showing a little wear, with some rubbing to the front joint and spine label fraying. Foxing throughout and some pages badly opened (no text affected).

The story details the love affair of a young Anglican priest and his lover, a 14-year-old boy. The affair, when discovered, triggers a suicide pact of both priest and boy.Originally published anonymously in the periodical The Chameleon in December 1894, the story was mistakenly attributed to Oscar Wilde and was included in his libel case against the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895. In this edition Mason refutes the erroneous authorship and quotes widely from the court case.

PROVENANCE: From the library of Anthony Powell, bookplate on front pastedown.

Stock ID: 34120

£450.00

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