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
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).
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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