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Book Description

FIRST EDITION. 4to (with odd foliation: variously, in 8s, 6s & 4s), pp. [180] + colour frontis, with tissue guard, and nine colour illustrations, tipped in. Original spring green cloth, spine and upper board lettered and ruled in bottle green, oval landscape motif to upper board. Boards grubby, pale marks and rubbing, including a little loss to spine lettering (the “A” of Shepperson’s middle initial), edges tanned and spotted. Foxed, especially to front and rear, one mount creased (for p.147 ‘Sleep and Poetry’). Else, clean and tight, illustrations beautiful and bright. A robust copy of what would have been a rather lavish wartime selection of “all the best of Keats’ poetry” (’Editor’s Note’). Good+ Jisc LHD lists holdings at the legal deposit libraries, plus Uo Aberdeen, Leeds and Manchester, Manchester Met, Scottish Poetry Library & V&A.
Dealer Notes
Poet and art historian, Laurence Binyon hung his selection of Keats’ poetry around the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges’ 50-page introductory essay, which was originally penned in 1895, and subsequently revised in 1914 and late 1915 (the latter allowed by delays to publication); it follows the “text of an admirable edition,” the 1912 Methuen edition edited by Ernest De Sélincourt.
Shepperson’s elegant illustrations reflect his Society reputation; in Percy Bradshaw’s antimetabole: he sketched aristocrats and was an aristocrat who sketched.
Author KEATS, John; BINYON, LAURENCE (Editor); SHEPPERSON, Claude A. (illustrator)
Date [London]: Hodder and Stoughton
Condition Good+

Price: £125.00

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