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Book Description
First edition. 8vo, (195 x 136), t.p. printed in red and black, illus. with 10 line drawings (5 full page, 5 half page), one half page drawing repeated on t.p. Illustrations and binding by Walter Crane, the line drawings much in the style of his illustrations for Faerie Queene
Dealer Notes
Anthology compiled with a preface and notes on the origin of each carol and other comments regarding the poems by Henry Charles Beeching (1859 - 1919) British clergyman, author and poet.
Contains a first printing of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins written in 1883 "Mary Mother of Divine Grace, compared to the Air we breathe", the longest and best of his Marian poetry, later titled "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe."
one of the earliest of Hopkins’ poems selected for anthologies.
Also a first printing of a poem by Selwyn Image.
Author Beeching, H. C., ed.
Date 1995
Binding Dark blue cloth 'deluxe' binding variant with the full gilt design. Top edge gilt, others uncut
Publisher London: Methuen and Company
Illustrator Walter Crane
Condition Former owners’ ink inscription on flyleaf and on half-title, minimal foxing, offset to title tissue guard, else a very good copy.
Pages pp. xvi, 174

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