The Poems and Sonnets.
With an Introduction by Edward Dowden.London: Kegan Paul, Trench Trübner & Company Limited, 1903 Stock Code: 147775
An attractively bound copy of this limited edition printed on handmade paper, number 23 of 400 copies.
In his introduction to the present volume, scholar and poet Edward Dowden (1843-1913), writes that, when we read Shakespeare's poetry, we learn that he "was capable of measureless personal devotion; that he was tenderly sensitive, sensitive above all to every diminution of or alteration of that love his heart so eagerly craved; and that, when wronged, although he suffered anguish, he transcended his private injury, and learned to forgive" (p. lv).
Octavo (230 x 140 mm). Mid 20th-century red crushed morocco, raised bands, spine lettered in gilt, flower and leaf tool to five compartments in gilt, compartments, covers, edges, and turn-ins ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers.
Portrait frontispiece of the Earl of Southampton, reproduced by G. P. Harding, with captioned tissue guard. Title-page, initial letters, and other decorations in red, designed by W.B. Macdougall.
A very good copy, attractively bound, covers a little darkened, touch of rubbing to tips, front inner hinge partially cracked but firm, pale offsetting to endpapers, final page faintly foxed, contents otherwise clean and free from marks.
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