London: Edward Moxon, 1863. Item #04347
"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever"
Beautifully Bound by Root & Son
[ROOT & Son, binders]. KEATS, John. The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir, by Richard Monckton Milnes. A New Edition. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1863.
Small octavo (6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 169 x 105 mm.). xlvii, [1, blank], 301, [1, imprint], [1, advertisement], [1, blank] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece.
Beautifully bound by Root & Son ca. 1930, stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in. Full purple crushed levant morocco, covers with double gilt borders enclosing decorative gilt dots. Within the gilt frame elaborately tooled in gilt in a multi-floral and vine design with a double gilt frame in the center. Spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled in gilt in a floral design and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt ruled board edges, and elaborately ruled and decorated gilt turn-ins, blue marbled paper liners and end-leaves, top edge gilt. Bookplate of Ellor Carlisle Ripley on front liner. A spectacular example in its original purple cloth chemise, housed in its original purple cloth slipcase. Very fine.
This little volume contains a thirty-eight page Memoir of John Keats by Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885) fellow poet, patron of literature and politician. Milnes was a persistent suitor of Florence Nightingale (who finally refused to marry him), and one of her staunchest supporters along with the statesman Sidney Herbert.
The London bindery of W. Root & Son consistently turned-out excellent work, both on fine bindings as here, and on trade bindings and sets. Packer lists the firm in business in Red Lion Square in 1899-1901, and the December 1942 issue of The Rotarian notes with regret that W. Root had been bombed out (uprooted?) of their premises on Paternaster Row during the 1941 Blitz.
"Keats [1795-1821] has always been regarded as one of the principal figures in the Romantic movement, and his stature as a poet has grown steadily through all changes in fashion. Tennyson considered him the greatest poet of the 19th century, and Matthew Arnold commended his 'intellectual and spiritual passion' for beauty; the the 20th century he has been discussed and reconsidered by critics from T.S. Eliot and Levis to Trilling" (Oxford Companion to English Literature).
Ellor Carlisle Ripley born 1861, died 1956. Buried at Rivercliff Cemetary, Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio, USA.