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Hunt, Leigh (or James Henry Leigh Hunt, 1784-1859)
Smith, Elder, and Co, London, 1848. With a holographic note from Hunt addressed to British publishing house Chapman & Hall laid in at the front. From the library of collector and philanthropist Estelle Doheny, with her distinctive leather bookplate to the front pastedown. A survey of the pastoral poetry of Sicily, with a chapter on the importance of the bee. A central figure of the Romantic movement in England, Hunt produced a large body of poetry in a variety of forms, and played a major role in freeing the couplet from the rigidity of neoclassical practice. He was also a friend and supporter of Percy Shelley and John Keats; his defense of the latter's work as "poetry for its own sake" was an important anticipation of the views of the Aesthetic movement. Illustrated by Richard Doyle. Octavo. In an elaborate full brown calf binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with a striking morocco inlays to each board (a jar on the front and a bee on the rear), green morocco spine labels, decorative gilt stamping, five raised bands, ornamental dentelles, silk endpapers, and gauffered edges. Negligible rubbing to the joints, with a tiny nick to the rear board. Better than very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: johnson rare books & archives, ABAA [Covina, CA, U.S.A.]

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