1891. A Fine and Intricately Tooled Early Twentieth Century BindingBRIDGES, Robert. The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges. London: Geo Bell & Sons, 1891. Third edition. Small octavo (6 3/8 x 4 inches; 163 x 101 mm.). [iv], 86, [1, note], [1, blank], -91, [1, blank] pp. Bound ca. 1891 in full brown morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board edges and turn-ins, gold patterned silk liners and end-leaves. Engraved bookplate of Clive Behrens on front paste-down. Ink inscription in French dated 189[?] on front blank. Although this fine asymmetrical design binding is unsigned, it is most certainly by a very accomplished bookbinder.Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930) was a British poet, and poet laureate of England from 1913 to 1930. He practiced medicine but lung disease forced him to retire in 1882, and from that point on he devoted himself to writing and literary research. Bridges' literary work, however, started long before his retirement, his first collection of poems having been published in 1873. As a poet Bridges stands apart from modern English verse yet his work has had great influence in a select circle, by its restraint, purity, precision, and delicacy yet strength of expression.Major Clive Behrens (1871-1935)was the son of Edward Behrens. He married Charlotte Louisa Adela Evelina Rothschild, daughter of Nathan Mayer de Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild and Emma Louisa Rothschild, on 4 October 1899. They lived at Swinton Grange, Malton, Yorkshire, England. He held the offices of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) and Justice of the Peace (J.P.) (Inventory #: 03788)
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