1864 Hardcover Book, Poetical and Dramatic Works, S T Coleridge, Poetry, Dramatic Works, Compilation, Antique, Rare
A hardcover book entitled The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is an 1864 edition and is rare. I have found many of these books but none printed in 1864 by Harper & Brothers. The cover boards are green cloth with title in gold on the spine. This is a compilation of poetry and dramatic written works. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and "Kubla Khan", as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on William Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. Coleridge coined many familiar words and phrases, including suspension of disbelief. He had a major influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson and on American transcendentalism.
7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
No Dust Jacket
Green Cloth Cover With Gold Title On The Spine
Published by Harper & Brothers -- 1864
This book is 150 Years Old
This book is in Used but in Fair condition. This is a former library book with library stamps and markings. The book is worn as if it had been carried around a lot. Much more than normal shelf or reading wear. The book has the feel of a well-traveled book meaning it has been owned and used long before the library had it and after. There is writing on the title page under 1864 that states "Go Union (crossed off) US Army." This is done in two different pens. One black ink and the crossing off is in blue. The black ink was done with a fountain pen while the blue ink was done with a ballpoint. (Please see Photos) The book is mostly worn in the section that has "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and the binding is also loose in this area. This was obviously someone favorite and read often. The rest of the binding is intact and tight. Some of the pages are spotted and there is foxing (yellowing) of the pages due to age. The library had the book taken to a binding shop in 1931 where an extra layer was added to the binding to glue the cardholder too. It has the library stickers and other stamps on the back flyleaf. There is a library number with the poet's name on the spine. There are lose and free pages but they appear to all be in the book. This book is in its original cover and all pages are original and the only addition is the extra page in the back for the library card.
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Jan 14, 2019
What a wonderful book, wrapped very carefully and shipped very quickly for how far it had to travel. I loved the hand written note from the shop owner, it's one of my favourite things about Etsy. It is a pity how badly damaged the middle pages were, though the description did say they were loose and more used than others, but for a 155 year old book, I'd say it's looking pretty darn good.