London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed Presentation Copy. 8vo. In original dark blue cloth. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed "Mary C. J. Leith from her affectionate cousin A.C. Swinburne Nov. 8, 1894." Mary Gordon, later Mrs. Leith, was Swinburne's first cousin and by far the most important woman in his life apart from his mother. Herself a poet and novelist, Mary Gordon's intimacy began in childhood when they lived in neighboring houses on the Isle of Wight. Later their relationship became literary, Swinburne providing the poems that appear in Gordon's anonymously issued "The Children of the Chapel" in 1864, and Gordon appearing as Clara in Swinburne's own novel, "A Year's Letters," first serialized in The Tatler in 1877. It was published in book form in 1905 as "Love's Cross-Currents." In her memoir, Gordon wrote that Swinburne [was] to me as an elder brother, a loved and sympathetic playmate, and in later years a loyal and affectionate friend. Although there is no direct evidence, recent scholarship has identified Gordon as most likely Swinburne's sole romantic attachment, which ended in traumatic rejection. This book was probably inscribed after Gordon visited Swinburne and Watts-Dunton at The Pines in the fall of 1894. In 1899, Swinburne dedicated his last major poetic work, "Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards," to Mrs. Disney Leither. Swinburne is better known for his lyric poetry, but he was also a prolific and well regarded literary critic. The collection of some of his critical writings include essays on Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins, Beaumont and Fletcher, Whitman, and more. Bound in publisher's original dark blue cloth with gilt rule to front cover borders and title and author in gilt to spine. Light offsetting to free endpapers otherwise near fine condition. LIT/101304. Near Fine.