Poems of Spenser
Np/nd (ca.1906): Caxton Publishing Company. Small Octavo. Item #029978
xlvii, 290 pages, 9 unnumbered leaves of plates, illustrations by Jesse M. King whose illustrations are much like those of Aubrey Beardsley, with frontispiece and vignette title by A.S. Hartrick. Bibliographic references and index. W. B. Yeats reminds twentieth-century readers that Spenser's "genius was pictorial" (p. xx); that "he seemed always to feel through the eyes, imagining everything in pictures" (p. xlvi). These passing remarks echo a popular evaluation of Spenser's poetry that extends back to the time of Pope. Bound in brown cloth decorated in orange and gilt, spine and top edge gilt, spine a but darkened, some off-setting to fee end sheets most likely from binder's glue, and some light rubbing to rear board. A very good copy.