Hard Cover. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1925. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Finely bound in full contemporary dark green morocco with intricate floral design in gilt to boards, five raised bands to spine, compartments decorated in gilt, turn-ins gilt, blue, pink, and gilt marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very good copy, some toning and wear to extremities, front outer hinge starting but still very sturdy, light foxing to prelims and terminal blanks. Organized in order of the birth years of each poet, this collection seeks to illustrate the range and development of English-language poetry from the 13th century through the 19th century. Focusing on works that represent their respective time periods in content and overall style, the book highlights writers like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Lord Byron, among dozens of others, both widely known and obscure, whose works have been read throughout history.