Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From a Personal Film Library 8

A copy of The Complete Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson, given by Basil Rathbone to Ouida Bergere, less than a month after they first met. The front free endpaper is inscribed: “Ouida my own, my dearest / from Basil / Dec 14 1923 / O’ Ye gods render me worthy …” (The quote is from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.)

Note: In 1975, Gravesend Books issued: Basil Rathbone: A catalogue of the collection acquired from the estate of Basil and Ouida Rathbone. This inscribed copy of Stevenson’s poems was part of the collection but withheld from inclusion in the catalogue and retained in the library of Enola and Gerald Stewart.

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