1910 Poetical Works of George Herbert. Editor, Rev. Grosart.


A very handsome edition of George Herbert's Poetical Works. This edition has never before printed corrections - "The text has been collated with all the original and early editions, and the MSS. in William's Library and the Bodleian.

Includes: Memoir, The Temple, The Church Militant, Lilies of the Temple (from an unpublished MSS), Psalms, Secular Poems, Parentalia, Anti-Tami-Cami Categoria, Pro Disciplina Ecclesiae Nostrae Epigrammata Apologetica, Alia Poemata Latina, Passio Discerpta, Longer Notes and Illustrations on Special Points

I believe the binding is a fine binding for these reasons:
1. I reviewed all other Herbert editions published by G. Bell, available on Vialibri, and didn't find one bound in this manner; others are in cloth and leather.
2. The endpapers don't seem like a type that would be used in mass production.
3. The rear endpapers have pencil notes that are typical of a binder.
4. I searched all G. Bell and Sons publications for sale from 1908 to 1914 and didn't find a similarly bound book for sale on Vialibri.
5. Double-endbands, that look hand sewn, not mass produced.

About the Work -

George Herbert (1593 – 1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator and priest of the Church of England. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists."

Provenance -

Bookseller ticket of "B.H. Blackwell, 50 & 51 Broad St., Oxford".

Physical Attributes -

Measures 17 x 10.5 x 3.5 cm. Parchment over hardcovers. Boards are gilt ruled. Art deco style flower decoration in gilt on the spine; also the title in gilt on green Moroccan. Gilt roll decoration on the turn-ins. Decorative endpapers. Top edge gilt. Pages - (2), LXXXII, 403, (2).

Condition -

See pictures. Some marks/soiling to parchment binding, dusty top edge, and fraying silk ribbon at bottom. Name inscription on back of flyleaf. Spots on endpapers and fore-edge. The frontis portrait has ghosted a little onto the title page. Despite some signs of age, a handsome and attractive book.

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