Poems, in two volumes.London, for Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1807 Stock Code: 122639
NotesFirst edition, first state, uncommon thus unrestored in a contemporary binding, one of only 500 copies printed. This publication is one of the finest single-author poetry collections in English, containing most of Wordsworth's best-remembered lyrics: poems such as "Daffodils" ("I wandered lonely as a cloud"), "The world is too much with us", "Composed upon Westminster Bridge", and his greatest ode "Intimations of Immortality" (here entitled "There was a time").
This set has the first issue points, with a full stop after "Sonnets", p. 103, vol. I, and "fnuction" uncorrected on p. 98 of vol. II. It also has an early pencil ownership inscription in volume one of a Jeffrey D. Goddard, dated 1843, and an interesting observation contrasting Wordsworth and Byron facing the title page. This copy derives more recently from the collection of Professor Saburo Oka of Aoyaina Gakuin University, Tokyo, himself a respected Wordsworth scholar who translated The Prelude into Japanese.
2 volumes, duodecimo (158 x 95 mm). Contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments with two brownish green title labels to each, foliate gilt roll bordering sides, marbled endpapers and edges.
Bound without half-titles, but with the final erratum leaf in vol. I. D11-12 in vol. I and B2 in vol. II are cancels are usual.
Bookseller's tickets to front pastedowns. Cracking to front joints, and rear joints just starting at the ends, but all holding fine, covers otherwise lightly rubbed at extremities and with a few other minor marks and scratches, internally very fresh but for some very faint occasional spotting, a very good set indeed.
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