ADONAIS (An Elegy on the Death of John Keats)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Printed by the Chiswick Press for the Reed Pale Press
Bound in red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
4to (22 cm high x 18.4 cm deep x 1.3 cm wide)
Small slim quarto, printed on handmade paper. Number 25 of 250 copies of the book and one of only 25 of those copies bound in "oasis morocco polished plain" by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Title in gilt on the upper cover and the spine. Gilded tops to the pages, rough to fore edge and bottom. Printed by the Chiswick Press for the Reed Pale Press, 1935.
An exceptionally fine and very beautiful, limited edition, private press printing of Shelley’s moving tribute to his fallen friend, the Romantic poet John Keats. 'Adonais' was composed as a pastoral elegy, specifically in the tradition of Milton’s beautiful 'Lycidas'. It was first published in the spring of 1821, immediately after Shelley had learned of Keats’s death.
Good condition. Very minor scratches to the cover and wear to the spine. The tanning on the morocco has left a border to the front and rear loose leaves.
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