“THE POET’S POET”: MID-19TH CENTURY EDITION OF SPENSER’S WORKS, HANDSOMELY BOUND
SPENSER, Edmund. The Works… With Observations on his Life and Writings. London: Walter Spiers, 1840. Octavo, early 20th-century half dark green morocco gilt, raised bands. $400.
Later, one-volume edition of Spenser’s works, with engraved frontispiece portrait and additional engraved title page, handsomely bound.
“Spenser’s influence on English poetic literature cannot be readily over-estimated… Charles Lamb bestowed on Spenser his just title when he described him as ‘the poet’s poet” (DNB). This volume includes The Faerie Queene, The Shepheards Calender and numerous shorter works, as well as the prose dialogue A View of the State of Ireland. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait and additional engraved title page. Old ink marginalia and markings to page 9.
Occasional light foxing, soiling. Spine lightly rubbed, boards slightly bowed. Near-fine condition.