Lapsus Calami

Lapsus Calami

Stephen, James Kenneth as J. K. S. [Stephen, James K.] [Kipling, Rudyard; Haggard, H. Rider; Woolf, Virginia]

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Price: $750.00

Place Published: Cambridge
Publisher: Macmillan and Bowes
Date Published: 1891
Edition: First edition
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 5918


A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (some pushing to the spine ends and light fading to the cloth extremities, modest rubbing to the spine ends and board corners) in a Very Good example of the rare dust jacket (modest soiling, some short tears, and only a bit of loss, creasing to the rear flap), of this small volume by James Kenneth Stephen here writing as J. K. S., and perhaps the only copy to survive in jacket. James Kenneth Stephen was an English Poet, cousin to Virginia Woolf, and tutor to Queen Victoria's grandson Prince Albert Victor who was the eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VII, King of England). This slim volume contains Stephen's famous poem "To R.K." (Rudyard Kipling), a Poem which Kipling mentioned in his Autobiography "Something of Myself, For My Friends Known and Unknown" (Macmillan & Co, 1937). There, reviewing his career, Kipling called Stephen "that genius" and referred to Stephen's poem --- contained here for the first time in book form --- in which Stephen deplored the state of contemporary writing: Kipling stating "And I had the additional luck of not being taken seriously for some time. People talked, quite reasonably, of rockets and sticks; and that genius, J.K.S., brother to Herbert Stephen, dealt with Haggard and me in some stanzas which I would have given much to have written myself. They breathed a prayer for better days when: - ' The world shall cease to wonder / at the genius of an Ass, / And a boy's eccentric blunder / Shall not bring success to pass: / when there stands a muzzled stripling, / Mute beside a muzzled bore: / When the Rudyards cease from Kipling / and the Haggards Ride no more'." Kipling further stated "It ran joyously through all the papers. It still hangs faintly in the air and, as I used to warn Haggard, may continue as an aroma when all but our two queer names are forgotten." Subsequent to Stephen's "To R. K.", Kipling went on to win the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first English language writer to win the Prize. ["Lapsus Calami" means a slip of the pen and Haggard, of course, is H. Rider Haggard.] A Very Good copy in considerably better condition than any other copy we ever have seen and rather scarce as such. We have never seen or heard of another copy in the original dust jacket. QUITE SCARCE INDEED.

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