An enjoyable collection of humorous poems penned by a leading poet of the Romantic period, Thomas Hood. Bound by Bumpus on Oxford St..
About the Author and Work
He was born in London to Thomas Hood and Elizabeth Sands in the Poultry (Cheapside) above his father's bookshop. Hood's paternal family had been Scottish farmers from the village of Errol near Dundee. The elder Hood was a partner in the business of Verner, Hood and Sharp, a member of the Associated Booksellers. Hood's son, Tom Hood, claimed that his grandfather had been the first to open up the book trade with America and he had great success with new editions of old books.
Hood infused humor into his writing throughout his career.
The series of the Comic Annual, dating from 1830, was a kind of publication popular at that time, which Hood undertook and continued almost unassisted for several years. Under that title he treated all the leading events of the day in caricature, without personal malice, and with an undercurrent of sympathy. Readers were also treated to an incessant use of puns, of which Hood had written in his own vindication, "However critics may take offence,/A double meaning has double sense", but as he gained experience as a writer, his diction became simpler.
Works from this, and new works supplemented by Hood make up this edition of Hood’s Own.
Book measures 22.5 x 14.5 x 3.5 cm. 3/4 leather with the title, date and five decorations in gilt in spine compartments with five raised bands. Pages - (2), frontis, viii, 568, (2).
See pictures. Some light shelf wear with a few small rubs to the leather. Glue at edge of leather under paper on boards showing through a little. Placemark ribbon is disconnected. Pencil bookseller notes, and a pen 1909 gift inscription from an "affectionate uncle" on the front endpapers. Front endpapers are foxed and that foxed the frontis (first) page as well; same at rear. Text block itself is in good condition with only a handful of yellow spots at most, and no tears. Overall a nice, sound, well bound volume sure to last for generations more.
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