In an earlier post, we touched upon the identity of the tragic poet Gerald C. Siordet. That post was prompted by the auction—still ongoing—of an Earthly Paradise volume signed by Jane Morris to Siordet.
Why is the book still up for sale after its first auction’s end date? Well, it had to be taken down for a while, for very interesting reasons.
The book was originally posted to ebay with a second item grouped in with it for free. This second item, a book, wasn’t in prime condition, so it seemed a mere token to accompany the Jane-inscribed book. It soon emerged, however, that this free book was extremely rare, and quite valuable.
The book is a rare volume of Siordet’s poetry, published after he died in battle in Mesopotamia during WWI. It includes a portrait of Siordet, pictured here. It’s so rare that no copies seem to exist in the US, and only two can be found in the UK.
The book is on its way to a new home, where the public will be able to view it (more on that later), so all’s well that ends well. The Jane Morris-inscribed Earthly Paradise on the other hand, taken off of ebay in the interim, is still without a home. Feel free to rectify this situation. The vendor is Humanity at Heart, a British charity.