In a Handsome Arts & Crafts Binding
[BINDING]. BRIDGES, Robert. The Shorter Poems of Robert Bridges. London: George Bell, 1899.
Later edition ("cheap issue"). Octavo (6 5/8 x 3 3/4 in; 169 x 95 mm). [iv], 116, [2, adv.] pp.
Contemporary full green crushed morocco by a gifted yet unsigned binder in the arts and crafts style with hand-tooled gilt border featuring onlaid red morocco dots enclosing a centerpiece of curved gilt stems and onlaid red morocco dots and onlaid green morocco foliage, to each cover. Gitl-rolled edges. Turn-ins reiterate the cover border. All edges gilt. Spine sunned to warm olive. A fine copy.
Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930) was a British poet, and poet laureate of England from 1913 to 1930. He practiced medicine but lung disease forced him to retire in 1882, and from that point on he devoted himself to writing and literary research. Bridges' literary work, however, started long before his retirement, his first collection of poems having been published in 1873. As a poet Bridges stands apart from modern English verse yet his work has had great influence in a select circle, by its restraint, purity, precision, and delicacy yet strength of expression. Item #02858
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