RAFFALOVICH, MARC-ANDRÉ. Tuberose and Meadowsweet. London: David Bogue 1885, 8vo, original light green cloth, blocked in black, gilt-lettered, t.e.g., others rather uncut, cloth slipcase. FIRST EDITION of Raffalovich's second volume of Uranian poetical effusions, printed at the Ballantyne Press, title-page in red and black, PRESENTATION COPY TO ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE, inscribed by the poet in ink on verso of the half-title: "To A.C. Swinburne from his sincere admirer the author"; in further homage Raffalovich has identified (in pencil) the Swinburne two-line verse quotation printed on the title-page as being from "Poems and Ballads (2nd Series) page 36." Colbeck Collection, p. 663; d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest, pp. 30-31 and 249; Pasted to the front free endpaper is the printed sale label "From the Library of A.C. Swinburne, Sold by Messrs. Sotheby, June 19th-21st, 1916."
See lot for note on Raffalovich (whose presentation copies, oddly enough, are deliciously rare). "Raffalovich's second book, Tuberose and Meadowsweet...was anonymously reviewed by Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette. Wilde sensed...disturbing notes: 'To say of these poems that they are unhealthy and bring with them the heavy odours of the hothouse is to point out neither their defect nor their merit, but their quality merely'" (Love in Earnest, pp. 30-31). It was of Raffalovich that Oscar Wilde remarked: "Poor André! He came to London with the intention of founding a salon, but he has succeeded only in opening a saloon."