London: Edward Moxon, 1854. Item #05316
"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever: its Loveliness Increases;
It will Never Pass into Nothingness"
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. KEATS, John. The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir by Richard Monckton Milnes. Illustrated by 120 designs, original and from the antique, drawn on wood by George Scharf, Jun., F.S.A., F.R.S.I. London: Edward Moxon, 1854.
First edition thus. Octavo ( 7 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 201 x 133 mm.). xii, xl, 375, [1, imprint] pp. With an engraved portrait frontispiece of Keats. Engraved text illustrations throughout.
Handsomely bound ca. 1950 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe London England for the Halle Bros. Co. (stamp signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full red morocco over beveled board, covers with triple gilt frames and knot-work corner-pieces. Front cover with monogram of John Keats in center. Spine with five raised bands decorated in gilt, fancy gilt lattice-work and lettered in gilt in compartments, double gilt ruled board edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins. Front doublure in dark blue morocco decorated with small gilt floral designs, an oval 'sunken' compartment in the center with a very fine portrait miniature (3 x 2 3/8 inches) of John Keats set under glass within a brass frame, this in turn encircled by a gilt wreath set with four inlaid pink morocco blossoms, pale blue watered silk endleaves and rear liner, all edges gilt. Housed in the original fleece-lined, blue cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt.
This collection of works by one of the three great English Romantic poets, along with an influential biography of Keats is here presented in a luxurious Cosway-style binding by the great London bookbinding firm of Sangorski & Sutcliffe. An exceptionally fine example.
Halle Bros. Co., (The Halle Brothers Company (1891-1982) of Cleveland, Ohio department store known for high quality merchandise and superior service. In 1970 they merged with Marshall Field and Company of Chicago who were very well known for their rare book department.