Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1923. Near Fine.
Edited by Francis T. Palgrave. Finely bound in blue calf by Riviere, with five raised bands to the spine, panel decorations and spine lettering stamped in gilt, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Very good copy with some light wear and toning to extremities, some spotting to endpapers, crease and small closed tear on pg. 151, bookplate residue and previous owner's signature to front free endpaper. Overall, an excellent copy in an attractive binding. The Poetical Works of John Keats is a collection of Keats' poems, along with an introduction and notes by Oxford poetry professor Francis Palgrave. It is part of the Golden Treasury Series, referring to Palgrave's 1861 poetry anthology The Golden Treasury, which included works by Keats. In his introduction to the text, Palgrave explains his intent in producing this beautiful, tiny volume: "Keats is hence a poet especially fit to be read, as the bee tastes the flower, a little at a time, and in those pleasant places which he loves and describes so well…the stage and scenery in the presence of which he, in the fullest measure, adds happiness to happiness. And it is for such times and such sympathetic readers, this little volume has been planned." Indeed, this lovely volume commemorates both the celebrated Romantic poet and its late editor.