London: Edward Moxon, 1846. Seven octavo volumes, full polished calf gilt, raised bands, red and green spine labels, marbled edges and endpapers. Portrait frontispiece to Volume I; Volumes I, II and V expertly rebacked with the original spines laid down. Lightest rubbing and toning to bindings.
Beautiful set of Wordsworth's poems, warmly inscribed in Volume I. The collection is organized thematically, and includes “Tintern Abbey," “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," “The World Is Too Much With Us," and “Ode: Intimations of Immortality": “What though the radiance which was once so bright / Be now forever taken from my sight, / Though nothing can bring back the hour / Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; / We will grieve not, rather find / Strength in what remains behind." Wordsworth has inscribed the first volume: “To Louisa Susan Ricarda Fenwick from her affectionate Friend William Wordsworth, Bath, March 23rd 1847." Louisa's aunt, Isabella Fenwick, was one of Wordsworth's most cherished friends: she is best remembered today for her efforts, in 1843, to record Wordsworth's observations on his most famous poems. The 180-page manuscript known as the Fenwick Notes, now housed in the Wordsworth Library at Grasmere, remains a crucial source for scholars of English Romanticism. Isabella's niece Louisa Fenwick was a close member of Wordsworth's circle as well; Wordsworth stayed in Bath with Isabella and Louisa for six weeks in the spring of 1847, when he inscribed this set to his young hostess. A near-fine set with a compelling literary association, handsomely bound by Hayday.