Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896. Item #04307
"Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."
(The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)
[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Poems Chosen out of the Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. [Hammersmith: Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1896].
One of 300 paper copies, out of a total edition of 308 copies. Octavo. ii, 100 pp. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Decorative borders and initials. Edited by F.S. Ellis.
Original full limp vellum with original olive green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. A very fine copy. Engraved bookplate on front paste-down and small leather bookplate on rear blank.
"As to the Coleridge-Keats question, you don't quite understand the position I think. Keats was a great poet who sometimes nodded: we don't want to make a selection of his works. Coleridge was a muddle-brained metaphysician, who by some strange freak of fortune turned out a few real poems amongst the dreary flood of inanity which was his wont. It is these real poems only that must be selected, or we burden the world with another useless book. Christabel only just comes in because the detail is fine; but nothing a hair's breadth worse must be admitted. There is absolutely no difficulty in choosing, because the difference between his poetry and his drivel is so striking" (William Morris to F.S. Ellis - undated letter).
Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, p. 44-45. Peterson A38. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 329, no. 38. Sparling 38. Tomkinson, p. 117, no. 38.
DB 04307. $4,500