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The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays Throughout the Year
printed by W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C. and J. Rivington, Oxford 1827 - Two volumes. Small 8vo. [172 x 107 x 33 mm]. xii, 201 pp; [iii], vi-viii, 200, [2] pp. Bound in contemporary hard-grain maroon goatskin, the covers with a border of a double gilt and a double blind fillet. The spines divided into six panels, with gilt compartments, lettered in the second panel, numbered in the fourth and dated at the foot, the other panels with inner double blind fillet compartments, the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, the turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, yellow endleaves, gilt edges. With the half-title in vol.1 (but not vol.2) and the errata leaf at the end of vol.2. A fine copy, inside and out. "As early as 1819 [Keble] had begun to write the hymns which afterwards appeared in The Christian Year. In 1823 he had shewn them privately to his friends; among others to Thomas Arnold, who declares that "nothing equal to them exists in our language.". By the spring of 1825 he had been almost persuaded by his friends to publish them, though he desired rather to work upon them till his death and leave them for posthumous publication. The Christian Year was, however, published anonymously in two volumes in 1827. No one, and least of all Keble himself, anticipated its great success. Before his death it had passed through ninety-five editions. Keble said that he aimed at bringing men's thoughts and feelings into more entire unison with the prayer-book. The suggestiveness of the book, the writer's intimate knowledge of the Bible and power of presenting its most poetic incidents, the accuracy of its descriptions of natural scenery, the sweetness of its melody, the happiness of its general diction and particular expressions, its exquisite taste, its scholarly tone, its beautiful spirit of unaffected piety, were all appreciated". DNB. Bookplate of G. Walter Steeves. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: George Bayntun ABA ILAB]
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