Likely the finest copy of this work on the market, beautifully bound in crushed Morroco leather.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a British poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.
Rossetti's art was characterized by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. His early poetry was influenced by John Keats. His later poetry was characterized by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence, The House of Life.
Physical Attributes -
Measures 16 x 11 x 2.5 cm. Fine binding - Crushed Morocco leather. Front board with a double fillet border and an inside border with alternating leaves and dots. Rear board is bordered by single filet. Two gilt filet bordered compartments to spine, one with the title in gilt and the other with several beautiful central roses. Board edges and turn-ins have also been tooled to match. Corners of gilt roses extend out from the turn-in's gilt filet border of the pastedowns. All edges are in bright gilt.
Pages - (2), ii, 714, (2)
See pictures. Beautiful binding with just a touch of wear at the top of the spine. Endpapers have some foxing. The tissue guarding the frontis has left a few spots on the title page. The rest of the text block is clean and handsome with wide margins.
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