19th century tree calf binding, The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow


A beautiful tree calf binding graces the boards of this anthology of Jean Ingelow's Poetical works.

Nineteenth century British poet, novelist, and chlidren’s author Jean Ingelow was born in Lincolnshire, England to a banker and his Scottish wife. The family moved to Ipswich and then London, where Ingelow remained throughout her life. Ingelow began publishing poems in periodicals as a girl, under the pseudonym Orris, and later published some of her work anonymously. Many of her long narrative poems were written in blank verse, with themes of Christian faith and romantic love relayed with a tenderness of emotion. Her work was widely read during her lifetime, and she was known for her charitable “copyright dinners,” in which she hosted her poorer neighbors for dinners paid for with the profits from her books.

Physical Attributes

Measures 18.5 x 12.5 x 3.5 cm. Tree calf, with respine. AEG (all edges gold). 520 numbered pages. Four illustrations. Advertisements at the rear.


See pictures. Respined. Slightly cocked out of 90. Corners rubbed. Ribbon present but attachment expired. Endpages have wicked moisture around the edges causing tide mark; text block does not seem to share the effect. Occasional dog ear, edge chip and etc.. Title page disconnected at gutter halfway up. No writing. Despite any condition issues, the book retains a period charm and has a nice vintage feel.

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