FIRST EDITION OF BRIDGES’ POETICAL WORKS, ELEGANTLY BOUND
BRIDGES, Robert. Poetical Works of Robert Bridges. London: Smith, Elder, 1898-1905. Six volumes. Small octavo, contemporary three-quarter navy morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $1250.
First edition, elegantly bound by Riviere & Son, of the Poetical Works of poet laureate Bridges.
Bridges had a long and varied career: physician, essayist, and poet, he was appointed poet laureate in 1913. His poetry and essays led to “a new development of English verse, in which the natural accentuation of the phrase was to reassert itself, producing a fresh flexibility of rhythm, and requiring for success a highly sensitive discrimination of sounds”(DNB). Bookplates.