A DECADE OF YEARS.

(Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1911). 238 x 170 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 3/4"). 230 pp., [1] leaf. ONE OF 200 COPIES ON PAPER. (There were also 12 on vellum.).

Original limp vellum, gilt titling on spine, housed in a later marbled slipcase Printed in red and black. Front pastedown with bookplate of Marjorie & Martin Mitau. Tomkinson, pp. 56; Tidcombe DP-25. A hint of pigment transfer from slipcase to extremities of binding, otherwise A PRISTINE COPY.

This is a choice copy of one of the more desirable Doves Press items, due to the small press run and the contents, by a poet whose work Cobden-Sanderson greatly admired for its "cosmic" quality. Tidcombe tells us that in the present anthology, he "selected the poems to build one great poem, as Wordsworth himself had intended." As Cobden-Sanderson says, the verses begin and end with Nature, being linked together "in one chain of emotion, rising and falling, expanding and contracting, as is the manner of emotion itself." Perceiving in Wordsworth's works a recourse from the violence of the world, Cobden-Sanderson sent a copy of this book to his old friend Bertrand Russell, who had been imprisoned for his pacifist pronoucements during the Great War. Our copy comes from the impressive collection of San Francisco bibliophiles Martin (1900-73) and Marjorie Fleishhacker Mitau (1906-83). Martin was a member of the Roxburghe Club and the Book Club of California; Marjorie was the daughter of banker, civic leader, and philanthropist Herbert Fleishhacker.
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A DECADE OF YEARS. DOVES PRESS, WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.
A DECADE OF YEARS.