Poems - FIRST EDITION IN A FINE BINDING, WITH AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER
by [Literature & Art] Rossetti, Dante Gabriele. (1828 - 1882)
London: F.S. Ellis. First Edition, first issue. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. 19 x 12cm (8vo), bound by Zaehnsdorf (stamped in gilt to lower fr. turn-in). -[xii], -282 pp. With an autograph letter addressed "My Dear Brown" and signed "DGR" tipped to the ffe, arranging a dinner date with his good friend Ford Madox Brown. Handmade paper by Strangeways & Walden, London, page 275 numbered erroneously as 27 (indicating first issue). Full leather with five raised bands, elaborate gilt design reproducing the original design by DGR himself as it appeared on the publisher's green cloth, here accomplished by Zaehnsdorf of London, recently restored and rebacked in leather.Â Rossetti exhumed the only manuscript of his Poems in 1869 from the grave of his wife & the most famous of the Pre-Raphaelite models, Elizabeth Siddal, who had died of a laudanum overdose in 1862. The 1870 volume of Poems was put together with immense care and deliberateness. Every aspect of the work, including all of its production features, was subjected to the most careful scrutiny. In fact, DGR not only wrote the book, he designed it, from cover to cover. He imagined it as a coherent statement of his life and purposes as a poet, which meant as a poet who was also, like Blake, a visual artist.
(Inventory #: 12576)
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