(London: Edward Moxon, 1854). 170 x 110 mm. (6 3/4 x 4 1/4"). xlvii, [1], 301, [1] pp.With a memoir by Richard Monckton Milnes. A New Edition.

ATTRACTIVE DARK RED CRUSHED MOROCCO BY MORRELL (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers with double gilt rule border, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with diagonal band of roses separating two triangles, each containing a leafy sprig on a stippled ground, heavily gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With frontispiece portrait of the poet. Half a dozen tiny, unobtrusive dark spots to boards, heads of joints a little rubbed, but still a fine copy, the text clean and fresh, and the binding lustrous.

Attractively bound by Morrell, this is a collection of works by one of the three great English Romantic poets, along with an influential biography of Keats (1795-1821). Milnes' treatment of the poet's life and work was of incalculable importance: according to DNB, "the belated rescue of Keats from obscurity and from disparagement as a weak and unhealthy sensualist was chiefly due to Milnes." A poet, an active member of Parliament, and a social reformer, Milnes (1809-85) cultivated the acquaintance of promising and prominent persons, especially in literary circles, then used his influence both to help deserving authors and to bring about political and social reform. For this biography, Milnes collected and arranged various papers relating to Keats, most of which he received from Keats' friend Charles Armitage Brown. In her "Modern Bookbindings" of 1906, Prideaux says that Morrell at that time had a very large business that supplied "all the booksellers with bindings designed by his men," bindings that were "remarkable for their variety and merit."

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