London:: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818.. 2 volumes. 12mo. ix, , 297; [iv], 292,  pp. Engraved half-title, 6 engraved plates. Original full dark green gilt-stamped straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; rebacked preserving original spine, rubbed. Very good. Provenance: Inscribed twice: Anne Rickman from Bertha Southey, May 1st, 1824. Robert Southey, married Edith Fricker, and amazingly had between 11 and 15 children (genealogy is unclear), including Bertha (1810-post 1839), who married her cousin Herbert Hill. Robert had corresponded with John Rickman (1771-1840), who was the father of Anne Rickman (b.1808). This two-volume set is embellished with a set of fore-edge paintings, each inscribed by the artist with the title of the paintings, Elstow Church, Buckingham known as Elstow Abbey (built in c.1075 AD). The second volume sports a view of West Gate, Canterbury. The artist wrote the titles for both scenes on the (fore-edge) recto of the second-to-last leaf in each volume, in ink with capital letters. Painted in the 20th century. Roderick the Last of the Goths is an 1814 epic poem composed by Robert Southey. The origins of the poem lie in Southeys wanting to write a poem describing Spain and the story of Rodrigo. Originally entitled "Pelayo, the Restorer of Spain," the poem was later retitled to reflect the change of emphasis within the story. It was completed after Southey witnessed Napoleons actions in Europe, and Southey included his reactions against invading armies into the poem. The poem was successful, and multiple editions followed immediately after the first edition. The story describes fighting over the inheritance of the Spanish throne and how Roderick manages to take over. After Roderick rapes Florinda, daughter of his important ally Count Julian, Julian and others change their allegiance and aid the invading Moorish army. During a battle against the Moors, Roderick is wounded and escapes to start a new life. Eventually, Roderick travels across Spain before determining that he must return to rescue Pelayo, an heir to the Spanish throne who was held prisoner by the Moors. After freeing Pelayo, he meets Florinda who reveals that her rape was not Rodericks fault. The group allies itself with Count Pedro, and they build an army to wage war against the Moors. While fighting, Count Julian is assassinated by his own allies, and the Moorish army is broken and defeated. The poem ends with Roderick returning to the wilderness. Wikip. (Inventory #: FF189)
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