“FEW POETS HAVE SURPASSED HIM”: ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF COWPER’S POETRY
COWPER, William. The Poetical Works. Edinburgh: Alex. Hutchison, circa 1880. Thick 12mo, contemporary full brown calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, raised bands, brown morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $600.
Later, illustrated edition of Cowper’s verse, with frontispiece portrait, illustrated title page, and dozens of full-page engravings by Hugh Cameron, handsomely bound.
Cowper’s “is the poetry of nature and of domesticity, simple, natural, direct, and instinct with delicate feeling… Few poets have surpassed him” (Kunitz & Haycraft, 126). With biography of the poet by Scottish scholar John Merry Ross. Text bordered in red. The contents of this edition were first published as part of the “Nimmo’s Popular Poets” series in 1863.
Interior generally quite clean, binding with mild rubbing to spine ends and edges. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound.