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A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep. Simeon SOLOMON.
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep

A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep

London: Printed for the Author, 1871. Small quarto. [4], 37, [1]pp. With albumen print frontispiece by F. Hollyer of a drawing by Solomon.

Publisher's blue pictorial cloth gilt. Joints neatly repaired.

Provenance: Thomas Trigg (early signature)

The privately-printed first edition of Simeon Solomon's landmark work of gay literature: "Then I knew my Soul stood before me, and he and I went forth together ..."

The privately-printed first edition of Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon's prose poem, "an attempt to write about desire and sexuality using concepts from Jewish and Christian mystical writings and classical mythology... [in which] some twenty years before the trials of Oscar Wilde, he dared to express in art his own sexual preferences, however obliquely" (ODNB). The text tells of the journey of a narrator and his soul through a nocturnal landscape where they experience visions of various states and conditions of love until they meet the figure of Sacramentum Amoris bearing the 'Very Love' in a crystal vessel. Two years after the publication, Solomon was arrested in a public lavatory for indecent behaviour, and his public career as an artist was ruined.

Item #37373

Price: $8,500.00

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