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Unpaged volume of Keats' poetry, dating from 1880. Beautiful cover with gilt accents, and five lovely illustrations which are singed with name or initials, not sure of who the artist is. A detail of one is shown in the fourth photo. On the front is a lyre. Appropriately, an urn is pictured on the binding, although it doesn't look very Greek to me. The book was owned in the 1930s or 1940s by one Betty J. Marvin, whose bookplate is shown in the last photo.

This book was kept in a garage and shows water damage on the front cover, right hand side (first photo) and back (not shown) in the form of loss of color. Defects other than that are a few small tears (I've noted three looking through the book, I may have missed some). The pages are stiff but not brittle, with oddly toasted borders - That is, there is a red line bordering the type, and each page is browned at the edges, oddly near the inside binding as well as the outer three edges. The edges of the pages are gilt. The binding is mostly tight, with the exception of the middle two signatures, one of which protrudes about 1/16". The book is in readable condition, however, as the pages are stiff, the book must be held open in order to read it. There is a slight odor, however have shown this to an antiquarian bookseller, who gave it a clean bill of health as to mold. If desired, I can photograph the back cover of the book.

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Keats illustrated, pub. 1880 ornate gilt binding, John Wurtelle Lovell

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: antique book
  • Only ships within United States.
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