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Beautiful Leather Bound Book ~ The Poetical Works of Wordsworth with Memoir Explanatory Notes Etc. ~ Published by Thomas Y Crowell 1881-1893
Today Wordsworth's poetry remains widely read with a universal appeal and even more appealing when it is leather bound from the 1800's! Wordsworth was a defining member of the English Romantic Movement. Like other Romantics, Wordsworth's personality and poetry were deeply influenced by his love of nature, especially by the sights and scenes of the Lake Country, in which he spent most of his mature life. A profoundly earnest and sincere thinker, he displayed a high seriousness tempered with tenderness and a love of simplicity. I know this sounds crazy but this book just feels good when you hold it. It makes you wonder who else held this book and cherished it. The books inside shows little sign of wear with no writing except on the first page. All edges have beautiful gilt. The leather binding is a beautiful burgundy color. It is embossed with flowers and basket weave. Wordsworth is in gilt at the top and a frame of gold is around the embossed flowers. There is wear to the corners and the spine is discolored slightly at the top and bottom. The first page of the advertisement in the back has a torn corner that is attached to the next page.There are 707 pages + advertising pages by Crowell. This book has several steel engravings: third page of the book is numbered 599 and has with an inscription with a picture of a young man on a path, Page 159 is "The Wagoner", page 199 "The Haunted Tree", page 423 "the Force of Prayer", and page 646 "Child Listening to a Shell" . Thomas Y Crowell was the publisher. The company was founded by Thomas Y. Crowell in 1834. The company began publishing books in 1876. Crowell occupied 744 Broadway, New York in 1876; moved in 1881 to Clinton Hall (13 Astor Place), which is shown as the address of this book, and then to 46 East 14th in 1893. With this information the book was published between 1881 and 1893. The company was owned and operated by the Crowell family until 1968, when it was bought by Dun & Bradstreet; in 1978 ownership passed to Harper & Row.
Measures: 7 1/4" L x 5 1/4" W x 1 1/2" H
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