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Christabel: Kubla Khan, A Vision; The Pains of Sleep.
London: printed for John Murray, by William Bulmer and Co.,, 1816. Octavo (220 x 120 mm). Later 19th-century ochre full morocco by J. B. Hawes, Cambridge, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt titles end fleurons, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Half title, and 4 pages of publisher's advertisements at the rear. Some tanning to fore-edge and to endleaves but on the whole an internally clean copy, the binding slightly rubbed at the corners but generally in excellent condition. First edition, with the half title and advertisements, notably untrimmed in a signed later 19th-century binding. This publication prints for the first time three of Coleridge's very best poems, the gothic Christabel (which was written 1797-1800 but excluded from the 1800 edition of Lyrical Ballads on Wordsworth's advice and left unpublished until here), the lysergic Kubla Khan (accompanied by Coleridge's notorious recount of its composition one night after an opium influenced dream having read a work describing Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China), and The Pains of Sleep (considered a description of opium withdrawal symptoms). The publisher's advertisements evince a good year for literature, with Murray publishing Byron's Siege of Corinth, Walter Scott's Field of Waterloo, Jane Austen's Emma, Leigh Hunt's Rimini, as well as John Malcolm's classic History of Persia.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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