Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1922. Near Fine.
Selected and arranged by Stopford A. Brooke. Later printing. Finely bound in blue calf by Riviere, with five raised bands to the spine, spine elaborately tooled in gilt to the bands and compartments, contrasting red-brown label to the spine, lettered in gilt, boards ruled and with a decorative border in gilt, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Very good copy with some light marks to boards, touch of toning to spine, some spotting to endpapers, bookplate residue and previous owner's signature to front free endpaper. Overall, a well-preserved and beautifully bound copy. Poems of Shelley is an assorted collection of poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelly, a renowned English Romantic poet known for his fine lyrical poetry. This selection, first published in 1882, was selected by Irish clergyman and writer, Stopford Augustus Brooke, who, in addition to writing his own verse, published selections of other notable poets including Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning, among others. In this volume, Brooke includes a diverse selection of Shelley's poetry, because, as he explains in his preface, "we can no more comprehend him in the right way by reading only his finest poems… than we can receive a true impression of the character of the scenery of a country by visiting a selection of its most beautiful places." However, since this is not meant to be a full anthology, Poems of Shelly does not include the entirety of Shelly's oeuvre, but rather an amalgamation of his best and lesser-known works.