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ROSSETTI, Christina.

Goblin Market and Other Poems.

With two designs by D. G. Rossetti.

London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1862 Stock Code: 147554
£3,000.00
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First edition. The Goblin Market, a fantastical narrative poem with illustrations by Christina's brother Dante Gabriel, has been interpreted variously as a feminist tract, a capitalist critique, an allegory for drug addiction, and a children's story. This copy with the second state of signature C, with "anguish" corrected to "aguish" on p. 26, of no significance for issue (Ives A3.1).

"In 1862 her first collection, 'Goblin Market' and other Poems, 'with two designs by D. G. Rossetti', was published under her own name by Macmillan & Co. and was universally praised by reviewers as the herald of a new voice and an original talent. Sales, however, were disappointing... In the twentieth century a great interest has been taken in Freudian interpretations of poems such as 'Goblin Market', and her work, which was previously admired for its innocence and artlessness, has become a hunting-ground for critics and biographers; enlisted as a symbol of repressed female genius, she has had her work scanned for tropes of starvation and sexual guilt" (ODNB).

With the engraved bookplate of Reverend Frederick George Lee (1832-1902), domestic Chaplain to the Duke of Leeds, to the front pastedown, and the wood-engraved bookplate of Caleb Margerison, designed by Robert Anning Bell, to the verso of the front free endpaper.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue horizontal rib cloth (binding B, no priority) by Burn (their ticket to rear pastedown), spine lettered in gilt, spine and covers ruled in gilt and blind, brown endpapers.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and illustrated title vignette by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 16 pp. of publisher's advertisements at end.

Condition

5 catalogues cuttings and an ink note pasted to front endpapers. Corners gently bumped, the binding otherwise sound and clean, slight foxing to frontispiece and title, small glue residue to rear pastedown, else internally fresh; still, a very nice copy.

Bibliography

Ives A3.1.

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