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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
CHRISTABEL: KUBLA KHAN; THE PAINS OF SLEEP 1816 SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
London, UK: John Murray, 1816. Very good condition. [COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR (1772-1834)]. Christabel &c.: Kubla Khan; The Pains of Sleep. London: Printed by William Bulmer for John Murray, 1816. Hardcover. Second edition. Three works in one volume (as issued). Leather-bound. Octavo (230 x 150mm), pp. [vii], (1), 64, (2 - blank). Later half-morocco. Gilt lettering to spine. Marbled boards, pastedowns and endpapers. Half-titles. Preface. Terminal blank. Classical-style bookplate of Simon and Barbara Grandage to front pastedown. Condition: VERY GOOD. Binding secure with slight rubbing to extremities. Contents largely well preserved with some light toning and very occasional faint fox spots. Without inking. Listing Note: Rare second edition of "Christabel," Coleridge's unfinished fantasy about innocent Christabel and her encounter with the ominously mysterious Geraldine. As early as 1803, Coleridge was finishing "Christabel" and discussing publication. It was not published until 1816, however, along with Coleridge's visionary "Kubla Kahn" and "The Pains of Sleep." In October 1815, before leaving England for the continent in 1816, Byron urged Coleridge to publish Christabel and took a manuscript of the poem with him. In the summer of 1816, Shelley, Mary and her step-sister Claire Clairmont lived on Lake Geneva adjacent to Byron's Villa Diodati. Byron, who probably had shown Shelley his copy of Christabel before Shelley read the published work, recited the passage about Geraldine's deformed bosom late one evening when all were gathered at Byron's villa. Upon hearing the lines, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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