1891 Hardcover Antiquarian Book, The Hesperides & Noble Numbers, Robert Herrick, Poetry, Gold Gilt Cover


1891 Hardcover Antiquarian Book, The Hesperides & Noble Numbers, Robert Herrick, Poetry, Gold Gilt Cover

A wonderful antiquarian hardcover book entitled The Hesperides & Noble Numbers by the poet Robert Herrick and edited by Alfred Pollard with a preface by A. C. Swinburne, Vol 1. A great gift idea for a collector of antique books or lover of poetry.

Almost forgotten in the 18th century, and in the 19th century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,” Robert Herrick is, in the latter half of the 20th century, finally becoming recognized as one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age. Long dismissed as merely a “minor poet” and, as a consequence, neglected or underestimated by scholars and critics, the achievement represented by his only book, the collection of poems entitled Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine (1648), is gradually coming to be more fully appreciated. While some of his individual poems—“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” “Upon Julia’s Clothes,” and “Corinna’s going a Maying,” for example—are among the most popular of all time, recent examinations of his Hesperides as a whole have begun to reveal a Herrick whose artistry in the arrangement of his volume approximates the artistry of his individual works and whose sensibility is complex but coherent, subtle as well as substantive. In short, Robert Herrick, who was proud to be one of “the Sons of Ben,” has begun to be seen, along with his literary father Ben Jonson, as one of the most noteworthy figures of early-17th-century English poetry.

7 x 4 inches
318 pages
Hardcover--This is a scarce antiquarian book.
Green cloth cover with gold gilt embossed design on the front and on the spine.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons -- 1891

This book is in very good condition. There is wear on the edges, covers, and a rip on the top of the spine. The binding is tight. The pages are yellowed but this is to be expected considering the age of this book, it is 130 years old. There is an previous owners name in the book with the date 1892. The book has some staining on the covers.

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