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SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

Poetical Pieces.

[Containing Prometheus Unbound a lyrical drama; with other poems. Hellas; a lyrical drama. The Cenci; a tragedy, in five acts. Rosalind and Helen, with other poems.]

London, printed for C. and J. Ollier, W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1823 Stock Code: 111619
£9,500.00

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First edition, an exquisite copy in a rare and highly unusual contemporary binding, of this posthumous gathering of unsold first editions of Shelley's major works, comprising Prometheus Unbound (1820), Hellas (1822), and Rosalind and Helen (1819), as well as the first London edition, second overall, of The Cenci (1821). These titles include among their "other poems" many of the shorter lyrical masterpieces for which Shelley is best remembered, such as "Ozymandias", "The Cloud", "Ode to the West Wind", "To a Skylark", "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" and "Lines Written Among the Euganean Hills". Wise observed of the book's rarity that "during recent years nearly every available copy has been broken up and the three first editions have been separately bound. Thus it seldom occurs today". As such a rare example in a contemporary binding, and highly desirable thus with the unusual use of marbled paper panelling.

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Description

Three works bound and issued as one volume with a new title page, octavo. Contemporary purple full calf, spine in compartments with gilt titles direct and blind decorations, sides panelled in blind with gilt-bordered marbelled paper centre panel, silk bookmarker.

Condition

Early gift inscription to front free endpaper. Slight rubbing to extremities, spot to title-page, an exquisite copy. Bookplates of Simon Nowell-Smith and Judith Adams Nowell-Smith.

Bibliography

Granniss, 76; Wise, pp. 69-70.

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