Shelley, Percy Bysshe
The Poetical Works
London: Frederick Warne and Company, no date. Octavo, early twentieth-century full tree-calf gilt, raised bands, russet spine label, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Lightest foxing to preliminaries only, tiny scratches to front board.
The Albion Edition of the Romantic poet's works, “reprinted from the early editions," with tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait. This collection brings together all of the poems published during Shelley's short life, as well as those published posthumously by Mary Shelley. Highlights include “Prometheus Unbound," “Adonais," “Ozymandias," “To a Skylark," and “Ode to the West Wind": “Drive my dead thoughts over the universe / Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth! / And, by the incantation of this verse, / Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth / Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!" Splendidly bound.