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Robert Southey
Thalaba the Destroyer
London: T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1801. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 6.5" by 4". None. A very pleasing copy of the first edition of Robert Southey's popular fantastical poem 'Thalaba the Destroyer'. The first edition of this work. Complete in two volumes with the scarce publishers adverts. Volume I with a half-title and two pages of publisher's adverts. Volume I with one page of publisher's adverts. 'Thalaba the Destroyer' is an epic poem, divided into twelve books, describing how a group of sorcerers works to destroy a family, in order to prevent a prophecy of their doom. The poem describes various myths and superstitions. When published, the work received mixed reviews from critics. Southey was a Romantic poet, and was one of the Lake Poets alongside William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was also the Poet Laureate for thirty years, from 1813 to 1843. Southey was a prolific writer of poetry, letters, and essays, and was also a talented biographer, writing biographies of Oliver Cromwell, Horatio Nelson, William Cowper, John Bunyan, and John Wesley. Arguably his most important contribution to literary history of the classic children's tale 'The Story of the Three Bears', the original story of Goldilocks, which was published in his prose collection 'The Doctor'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'Matilda Alexander'. In a full tree calf binding. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the spines. Minor bumping to the extremities. A little loss to the head of the spine of Volume I. Light surface crac … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rooke Books [United Kingdom]
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