THE DESIRE AND PURSUIT OF THE WHOLE: A ROMANCE OF MODERN VENICE. Frederick William Rolfe, "Frederick Baron Corvo."

THE DESIRE AND PURSUIT OF THE WHOLE: A ROMANCE OF MODERN VENICE. [New York]: A New Directions Book, [1953]. Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. A extraordinary romance first published in 1934 by this eccentric homosexual writer about Nicholas Crabbe (Rolfe's alter ego) living in poverty in Venice who falls in love with Zilda, the boyish girl. "To me it is quite frightening ... [it] has the quality of a medieval mystery play, but with this difference, that the play is written from the devil's side." - Graham Greene. Introduction by A. J. A. Symons and foreword by W. H. Auden. This edition is printed from the plates of the 1953 UK edition. A fine copy in very good dust jacket (designed by Andy Warhol) with light wear at edges. (#158966).

Price: $150.00

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