By: DE QUINCEY, THOMAS; WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILLIAM BOLITHO AND TWELVE GRAVURES BY ZHENYA GAY.
The Heritage Press, New York: 1950:
Edition: The Heritage Club Edition.
Seller ID: 94851X1
Condition: Hardcover, no dustjacket but with a slipcase. Good condition. Slipcase shows some wear.
First published in installments in the London Magazine in 1821, the work recounts De Quincey's early years as a precocious student of Greek, his flight from grammar school and subsequent adventures among the outcasts and prostitutes of London, studies at Oxford University and his introduction to opium in 1804 (he hoped that taking the drug would relieve a severe headache). It was the beginning of a long-term addiction to opium, whose effects on his mind are revealed in remarkably vivid descriptions of the dreams and visions he experienced while under its influence. View More...