c1882 The Poetical Works of William Cowper
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Edited and with a preface by William Michael Rossetti, a Nineteenth Century writer and critic, the volume features illustrative plates and vigenettes throughout, as well as a decorative border to each page. Contains an ink inscription to endpages addressed to one Mary Bell from her husband, dated February 26th 1888, for her birthday. William Cowper was a English Poet born in 1731. An extremely successful poet, he could indeed be considered a forerunner to the romantic movement of 18th century. In later life, after being institutionalised for insanity, Cowper found emotional and creative refuge in the Evangelical Church, giving him the inspiration to write hymns. He is also known for writing numerous anti-slavery poems, and his work was often quoted by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement of the 20th century.
In decorative half-calf binding with gilt detailing and cloth covered boards. Externally sound, there is some wear to the extremities and joints, as well as some tenderness to the hinges. Internally, the pages are firmly bound and are generally bright and clean throughout, aside from some light foxing to endpages.
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