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PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.)
The Golden Treasury. Of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language. Arranged with notes.
Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1861. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, vignette within double rule frame to front cover gilt, frame stamped in blind to rear cover, edges untrimmed, brown coated endpapers. Binder's ticket to foot of rear pastedown, bookseller's label to head of front pastedown. Light rubbing to extremities, small mark to rear panel; an excellent copy. Title page vignette after Thomas Woolner with tissue-guard. First edition, first impression, with the relevant points as established by Foxon: 4 notes on p. 323, Roman-type half-title, price of "4/6" on spine. The first impression was published in July 1861; based on Palgrave's notes in his own copies, the second impression was published in October, and the third in November. Dedicated to his friend Alfred Tennyson, with whom he had broached the idea of a different kind of anthology during a walking tour of Cornwall in 1860, Palgrave's Golden Treasury gathered the best-known English poetry from the 16th century down to the Romantics. "It remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists" (DNB). The title page vignette is after the sculptor Thomas Woolner, a friend of Tennyson's, who shared a house with Palgrave in the early 1860s; it appears to be a self-portrait in the guise of a Pan-like figure fluting beneath a sapling and was engraved exquisitely by C. H. Jeens, whose work for Macmillan "earned him notice as one of the miniaturists of engravers, and in some ways a follower of Bartolozzi" (OD … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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