The Collected Poems of James Elroy Flecker - James Elroy Flecker 1923 - Martin Secker, London - Eighth Impression ‘We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go always a little farther; it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, across that angry or that glimmering sea, white on a throne or guarded in a cave, there lies a prophet who can understand, why men were born: but surely we are brave, who take the Golden Road to Samarkand.”

A beautifully bound edition of Elroy’s collected poetry. A prodigious linguist, fluent in modern Greek, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, Elroy read Classics at Oxford University, before quickly joining the diplomatic services, and posted Constantinople where he wrote prolifically until his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at the age of thirty.

Prior to his death, he was credited with revitalising the Parnassian poetry movement and was considered a hugely influential poet in the Edwardian era, especially in the field of Greek classical poetry. Upon hearing the news of his demise, writer and critic Alec Macdonald said that it was
‘unquestionably the greatest premature loss that English literature has suffered since the death of Keats.’
  James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915): ‘He studied at Trinity College, Oxford, and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Oxford he was greatly influenced by the last flowering of the Aesthetic movement there under John Addington Symonds, and became a close friend of the classicist and art historian John Beazley.

The Atlantic Companion to Literature in English. 181.

Octavo (20 x 14.5 cm). pp. [4] xxxi [1] 249 [5].
  Finely bound by Sotheran & Co. of Piccadilly in full tan calf, spines intricately decorated in gilt, with brown morocco title label lettered in gilt, boards with triple gilt fillet borders, intricate gilt tooling to edges and inner gilt dentelles, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Very good, slight wear to head and tail of spine, and to edges of front and rear boards, light scratching to rear boards, foxing to edges of text block,   Ref: 108711   Price: HK$ 2,000