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FLINT, William Russell (illus.); ARNOLD, Matthew.

The Scholar Gypsy and Thyrsis.

London: Philip Lee Warner, 1910 Stock Code: 146059
£500.00
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First Flint edition, signed issue, number 34 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the artist. This is a beautifully illustrated and printed edition of Arnold's two poems of Oxford, which he memorably describes as "that sweet City with her dreaming Spires" in "Thyrsis", one of the poems printed here.

"The Scholar Gypsy", the other poem in this edition, has been described by John William Mackail as "inseparable from Oxford; it is the poetry of Oxford made, in some sense, complete" (Mackail, p. 242).

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Description

Tall quarto. Original Japanese vellum on bevelled beech boards, title to spine in gilt, floral decoration to front cover in gilt, yapp edges, top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Colour frontispiece, 9 mounted colour plates, with tissue guards, title page vignette printed in blue.

Condition

Bookseller's ticket and bookplate of private press collector Brian Douglas Stilwell to the front pastedown. Front board gently bowed, contents clean, plates bright, a lovely, fresh copy.

Bibliography

John William Mackail, Lectures on Poetry, 1911.

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