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PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.)

The Golden Treasury

of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language. Arranged with notes.

Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1861 Stock Code: 136078
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First edition, third impression. The first impression was published in July 1861; based on Palgrave's notes in his own copies, the second impression was published in October, and the third in November. This has the relevant third impression points - four notes on p. 323, gothic half-title, and no price on the spine.

Dedicated to his friend Alfred Tennyson, with whom he had broached the idea of a different kind of anthology during a walking tour of Cornwall in 1860, Palgrave's Golden Treasury gathered the best-known English poetry from the 16th century down to the Romantics. "It remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists" (DNB). The title page vignette is after the sculptor Thomas Woolner, a friend of Tennyson's, who shared a house with Palgrave in the early 1860s; it appears to be a self-portrait in the guise of a Pan-like figure fluting beneath a sapling and was engraved exquisitely by C. H. Jeens, whose work for Macmillan "earned him notice as one of the miniaturists of engravers, and in some ways a follower of Bartolozzi" (ODNB).

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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt publishers roundel device within double rule gilt frame to front cover (in blind to rear cover), edges untrimmed, brown-coated endpapers.


Title page vignette by Charles Henry Jeens after Thomas Woolner (with tissue-guard).


Loosely inserted obituary clipping, clipped portrait of Palgrave mounted to verso of Contents. Restoration to extremities and hinges, some foxing, minor separation between gatherings. A very good copy with a nice contemporary Oxford provenance: presentation inscription to front free endpaper reading "Rev. F. B. Dickinson from J. F. Norbury Coll: Trin: Oxon"; Dickinson's initials in purple pencil to half-title.


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