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The Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne

By Algernon Charles Swinburne

1904 - London - Chatto and Windus

7.5" by 5", xxxvii, 296; ix, 316; viii, 361; 412; x, 423; ix, 429pp.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

DETAILS

 An uncommon, complete, attractive, first edition set of the poetic work of Swinburne. With tissue-guarded frontispiece to volume VI showing the author at 52.

In six volumes.

Algernon Charles Swinburne (London, April 5, 1837 - London, April 10, 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He invented the roundel form, wrote several novels, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909.

His mastery of vocabulary, rhyme and metre is impressive. After the first Poems and Ballads, in volume I of this set, Swinburne's later poetry is devoted more to philosophy and politics (notably, in favour of the unification of Italy, particularly in the volume Songs before Sunrise). He does not stop writing love poetry entirely (including his great epic-length poem, Tristram of Lyonesse), but the content is much less shocking. His versification, and especially his rhyming technique, remain in top form to the end.

With armorial bookplate to each front pastedown of Geoffrey Grant Morris. Binder's stamp to each verso of front free endpapers, Horace G Cummin, Bournemouth.

CONDITION

Expertly rebound in green half Moroccan bindings with gilt titling and rose motifs to spines, with marbled endpapers. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. Spines faded to brown though boards remain a good colour. Slight wear to extremities. Front hinge of volume III starting very slightly, but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Very bright and clean with just a few scattered spots, mainly to blanks only.

Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED

 

 


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