Poems

Felicia HEMANS   |   FORE-EDGE PAINTING

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“THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK WHENCE ALL BUT HE HAD FLED…”: FELICIA HEMANS’ POETRY, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND, WITH A LOVELY FORE-EDGE PAINTING

HEMANS, Felicia. Poems. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854. Thick octavo, contemporary full dark green morocco rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards preserved; beveled edges, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.

“New Edition” of the collected verse of the “innumerable and exuberant poems” (Baugh et al., 1262) of this prominent and popular woman Romantic poet, very attractively bound and boasting a charming fore-edge painting.

One of the most popular poets of her day, Hemans garnered attention from many of her contemporaries, including Lord Byron, Lord Jeffrey, Christopher North, the Countess of Blessington and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley, in fact, wrote to the then-adolescent Hemans so persistently that her mother felt compelled to discourage his attentions. Her poems “have singular grace and tenderness, and exhibit an ardent sympathy with chivalry in every form” (DNB). This volume includes all of Hemans’ best-known work (including “Casabianca,” “England’s Dead” and “The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in New England”); in addition, it is beautifully bound and adorned with a lovely and vivid fore-edge painting that depicts a prominent tower overlooking a verdant lakeshore. With engraved frontispiece portrait and additional engraved title page. Contemporary owner inscription to title page.

Scattered light foxing and mild marginal dampstaining to first and final few leaves, including frontispiece and additional engraved title page. A near-fine copy with a lovely fore-edge painting.

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