The Simeon Solomon Research Archive can now announce with some excitement who won the auction for this rare copy of Solomon's 1871 prose-poem (right), dedicated to Algernon Swinburne. The book now resides in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library. Mark Samuels Lasner has spent much of his life amassing one of the best private collections of Victorian literature, manuscripts, and drawings. He has been incredibly generous in providing access to works in his collection for researchers (myself included), and he has exhibited his collection widely to encourage further scholarship. His long-term plan of making the collection accessible through the University of Delaware Library means scholars worldwide will be able to have access to these rare and excellent items for ages to come. I can't think of a better home for this special copy of Solomon's little book.
History of the sale and the prose poem
On Monday, February 10, 2014, Bonhams, Los Angeles sold at auction a rare book that anyone who is a follower of Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites would have loved to own…including me. However, it was clearly above
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