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The Poetical Works.

[With:] Yarrow Revisited.

London: for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1827, 1835 Stock Code: 145801
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Inscribed by Wordsworth

Second authorized edition, inscribed by the poet on the first page of The Excursion: "Wm Wordsworth 19th Octr 1842 Levens", for Mary Howard, with her ownership signature to each front board and bookplate to each front pastedown.

Mary Howard (1785-1877) lived at Levens Hall in Wordsworth's beloved Lake District, with her husband Fulke Greville Howard MP. A keen landscape gardener, Wordsworth would no doubt have been impressed by the renowned gardens at Levens Hall, around 18 miles distance from Wordsworth's own Rydal Mount home.

This edition was edited and expanded by Wordsworth himself from the first canonical 4-volume edition of 1820. This edition includes all the "published poems, for the first time collected in a uniform edition, with several new pieces interspersed". In this and subsequent editions, "Wordsworth scrutinized every line with an eye to revision, in the belief that his corpus was a self-referential and still developing whole" (ODNB). This set includes a sixth volume, the first edition of Yarrow Revisited, 1835.

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Together 6 volumes, duodecimo. Uncut in original drab boards, rebacked at an early stage with calf and green morocco labels.


Advertisements at front of first volume and rear of sixth; 20th-century article on Wordsworth tipped on to initial advertisement of vol. I. Very light wear at board extremities, light residue at foot of front cover of vol. I, the bindings otherwise in fresh condition with joints and hinges intact, contents clean save for sporadic very light foxing; an excellent set.


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