With illustrations.Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925 Stock Code: 139474
NotesA handsome set of this biography of John Keats. The poet and critic Amy Lowell (1874-1925), began this "momentous" (ANB) biography following a lecture she delivered at Yale celebrating the 100th anniversary of Keats's birth. "The lecture stimulated her to write the book, which minutely examines Keats's life and corrects some long-standing misconceptions about him", and she subsequently became "the first biographer to see Fanny Brawne in a favourable light". Lowell was one of the first to use Keats material residing in major American collections, an "unexpected wealth of new material existing uncharted and almost unexplored in the libraries of American collectors" (Preface), and referred to her own extensive collection of Keatsiana which included a rare first edition of Lamia inscribed to Fanny Brawne from John Keats.
An attractive copy of this important biography.
2 volumes, large octavo (230 x 158 mm). Contemporary blue half morocco, titles to spines in gilt, four raised bands ruled in gilt, motif in gilt to corners of compartments, blue cloth sides in imitation of moiré silk, floral endpapers, top edge gilt,
Bookseller's price ticket to rear pastedown of Vol I. A very good set, spines and edges lightly toned, some slight wear to extremities, but the binding square and firm, pages clean and fresh.
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