EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF WORDSWORTH'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND
WORDSWORTH, William. The Poetical Works. New York and London: (Chiswick Press), circa 1892. Seven volumes. 12mo, contemporary full crimson morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and covers with floral designs incorporating blue, green and white morocco inlays, green morocco-gilt doublures with red morocco inlays in a floral design, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt.
Later Aldine edition of the poems of Wordsworth, with portrait of the poet, folding facsimile, and extra-illustrated with 35 window-mounted engravings, 15 hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs.
"Wordsworth maintains his position, in general critical esteem, among the most eminent of the English line, many placing him third after Shakespeare and Milton" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 671). "No poet has been more loved because none has expressed more forcibly and truly the deepest moral emotions" (DNB). Includes a biography, bibliography, and extensive indexes. The "Aldine" edition of British poets, first brought out by the publisher William Pickering beginning in 1830, aimed to introduce scholarly editions of the classics in a smaller, more affordable format.
A splendidly bound, extra-illustrated set in fine condition.