The Ballad of Jan Van Hunks.
London. George G. Harrap & Co., . First trade edition.
8vo. Limited edition of 620 copies, of which this is number 484. 42pp, . Numerous illustrations in the text. Original publisher's gilt-stamped limp vellum. Without card slipcase. Extremities a trifle rubbed and discoloured. Bookplate of Mary Priscilla Smith to FEP.
The first trade edition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's humorously grim forty-four stanza long ballad in which the titular Dutchman engages in a pipe smoking duel with the Devil in human form. Van Hunks later succumbs to his tobacco addiction and is dragged to Hell, where his carcass is converted into a pipe for the Devil's own use. The poem was first printed for private circulation (in a run of just thirty copies) in 1912.£ 50.00 Antiquates Ref: 24961