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The Eve of St. Agnes (1896)

 
 
I.    Ah, bitter chill it was!
     The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
     The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass,
     And silent was the flock in woolly fold:
     Numb were the Beadsman’s fingers, while he told
     His rosary, and while his frosted breath,
     Like pious incense from a censer old,
     Seem’d taking flight for heaven, without a death,
Past the sweet Virgin’s picture, while his prayer he saith.
 
 
  ...And they are gone: ay, ages long ago
     These lovers fled away into the storm.
     That night the Baron dreamt of many a woe,
     And all his warrior-guests, with shade and form
     Of witch, and demon, and large coffin-worm,
     Were long be-nightmar’d. Angela the old
     Died palsy-twitch’d, with meagre face deform;
     The Beadsman, after thousand aves told,
For aye unsought for slept among his ashes cold.
                                                     Continued.,..
 
 
  THE EVE OF ST. AGNES PUBLISHED BY THE AUVERGNE PRESS 
  FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S DESIGNED FOR THE TITLE PAGE 
  THE EVE OF ST. AGNES BY JOHN KEATS    WILLIAM H. WINSLOW    CHAUNCEY L. WILLIAMS 
  ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT AND AUVERGNE PRESS    WHAT OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN 
  LEIGH HUNT    COPIES    OTHER VERSIONS    PORTRAITS OF KEATS 
  ILLUSTRATIONS OF EVE OF ST. AGNES    SECOND ONLY TO BYRON    BOOKS AND ARTICLES 
 
  HUNTING FOR JOHN KEATS & THE EVE OF ST. AGNES    VERSION OF "THE EVE OF ST. AGNES" 
 
 
 

"The Eve of St. Agnes" Published by the Auvergne Press (1896)

   
      And they are gone: ay, ages long ago
    These lovers fled away into the storm.
    That night the Baron dreamt of many a woe,
    And all his warrior-guests, with shade and form
    Of witch, and demon, and large coffin-worm,
    Were long be-nightmar'd. Angela the old
    Died palsy-twitch'd, with meagre face deform;
    The Beadsman, after thousand aves told,
For aye unsought for slept among his ashes cold.
   
The question that begs to be asked, of all the books to first publish, why select "The Eve of St. Agnes"?  A clue can be found near the end of the book, "Printed... for pleasure and their friends..."
       But this would only explain why they chose to publish.
       Wright began his practice in 1893. In 1894 he designed the William H. Winslow Residence (S.024) his first independent commission after leaving Sullivan's office. "Winslow was a business man with an artistic bent... by nature he was a craftsman..." (4)  "He was fascinated by mechanical things... an inventor... He was a photographer and had his own darkroom... a musician who played the violin his whole life. He practiced for half an hour in the morning and played for an hour in the evening.  (5)   "The Wright and Winslow children were taught to play different instruments. ...we can imagine that the two families enjoyed musical evenings together."  (6) 
       In 1895 Wright designed a home for another friend, Chauncey L. Williams (S.033). A unique "arts & crafts" element found only in the Williams home was a mound of  boulders embedded on either side of the entryway and embedded into the foundation. That same year Williams partnered with Washington Irving Way to form Way & Williams, Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of fine Books. "While on a trip to England in 1895, W. Irving Way, met with
William Morris in April and arranged for the printing of "Hand and Soul", Rossetti, 1895, the only Kelmscott Press book to be issued by an American publisher." (9 p30)
       The Winslow home was across the street from the Wallers, the back yard was kiddy-corner to the Williams, and less than two miles from Wright's home and studio in Oak Park. "Every Christmas the Wallers gave a party for their friends, and all their children... The grownups danced, the children played. Papa (Wright) was always the life of the party. It seemed that the party was given for him and the other children. It never started till he arrived and it ended when he left..."
(3)

       It is not hard to envision the Christmas party of 1895. These men discussing their dreams. They listened with interest as Williams described his partners trip to visit Kelmscott Press, and showed them a copy of "Hand and Soul", one of 300 copies printed for distribution in America. Williams love of "fine" books. Winslow's artistic bent. Wright's creativity. The growth of the Arts & Crafts movement. The explosion of Private Presses. Excitement built and so did the possibilities.
       1895 also marked marked another event. The one hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Keats. In 1821 Keats "died thinking himself a failure and yet he is now considered to be one of, if not the greatest of the Romantic poets." (Bright Star)
       As you trace the published editions of Keats' work from the 1820s through 1895, you begin to gain an understanding of the growth and appreciation of his poetry.
       The 1820s began with the publication of Keats original work which immediately resulted in a vicious attack in the Edinburgh Review, "...Now this is cockneyism, and the very worst kind of cockneyism too. It is quite unworthy of any person but Mr. Hunt or Mr. Keats..." But, it was closely followed by positive reviews. Hunt wrote, "...the passage affords a striking specimen of the sudden and strong maturity of the author's genius.". Jeffrey responded, "We... have been exceedingly struck with the genius..."  Just after Keats' death in 1821, Shelley self published "Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats" lamenting his loss. 1829 brought the first volume, publishing his work in "The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats", with a commentary "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age..."
       In the 1830s, this volume was reprinted a number of times in Europe, and in American for the first time. In the January 21, 1835, issue of the "London Journal", which included Hunts’ commentary interspersed through-out Keats’ "Eve of St. Agnes". This was Hunt’s first essay exclusive composed about this poem. This 1835 essay was published five years later in the 1840 "The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed", a volume of Hunt’s essays. This was the version of the poem, with Hunt's commentary, that was used in 1896 by Winslow and Williams’ Auvergne Press.
       1840 also produced  "The Poetical Works of John Keats", the first volume dedicated wholly to Keats poetry. That decade saw over 23 volumes, essays and articles that pertained to, or included "The Eve of St. Agnes". Jeremy Short wrote "'The Eve of St. Agnes?’ It is - let me tell you - the poem for which Keats will be loved, and you aught to walk barefoot a thousand miles, like an ancient pilgrim to Loretto, for having neglected to peruse this poem..."  Hunt wrote "...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius..." Griswold wrote "Keats was the greatest of all poets who have died so young. Many of his sonnets possess a Miltonic vigor, and his ‘Eve of St. Agnes’ is as highly finished, almost, as the
  masterpieces of Pope."
       The next three decades, the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s continued to produce a steady stream of volumes that included "The Eve of St. Agnes". The 50s also produced the first illustrated volume of "The Eve of St. Agnes" by Edward H. Wehnert. Jeffrey writes "We... have been exceedingly struck with the genius they (the poems) display... One of the sweetest of the smaller poems is that entitled ‘The Eve of St. Agnes:’  Lowell wrote, "Keats... had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..."
       The 1880s exploded with over 36 volumes. The decade began with "The Eve of St. Agnes". "Few poets have ever gained a deeper hold on the affections of their readers than John Keats; and it is with a feeling almost of personal gratulation that these will view the new edition of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes.’ in which that sweetest and tenderest of poems appears with sumptuous provisions of print and paper, and illustrated with nineteen beautiful etchings by Charles O. Murray." As reviewed in the "Dial". Also in 1880 "John Keats. A Study"  was published. Owens writes "The ‘Eve of St Agnes’ is the most picturesque of all the poems of Keats, its descriptions by far the most artistic." Hales wrote, "No works of our literature are more truly poetical, none more completely carry one away into an ideal realm, where worldly noises come to the ear, if they reach it al all, subdued and deadened; none breathe out of them, and around them, a more bewitching atmosphere." Warne published "The ‘Eve of St. Agnes’... is unequalled for the for beauty of description..." Morley wrote "Science may one day ascertain the laws of distribution and descent which govern the firths of genius..."  Rossetti wrote. "The power of ‘The Eve of St, Agnes’... lies in the delicate transfusion of sight and emotion into sound; in making pictures out of words... no reader has ever risen from ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ dissatisfied."
       This brings us to the 1890. Bridges writes in 1895, "The Eve of St. Agnes is not only a passionate tale, but it is very rich in the kind of beauty characteristic of Keats, and contains high poetry both of diction and feeling... the very seal of his poetry, that which sets poetry above the other arts; I mean the power of concentrating all the far-reaching resources of language on one point, so that a single and apparently effortless expression rejoices the aesthetic imagination at the moment when it is most expectant and exacting, and at the same time astonishes the intellect with a new aspect of truth. This is only found in the greatest of poets, and is rare in them; and it is no doubt for the possession of this power that Keats has been often likened to Shakespeare."
       A crescendo was building as the centennial of Keats birth was arriving. By 1896, when Winslow & Williams published their version of "The Eve of St. Agnes" 18 other volumes pertained to, or including "The Eve of St. Agnes" had been published.
       This was the foundation for Winslow & Williams' decision to publish "The Eve of St. Agnes".
       The Auvergne Press was established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients, William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, to create hand printed, limited edition books. They purchased a large size Washington Press. Winslow was more of the hands-on of the partnership. He was illustrated, solely working at the press. He may have also been the one that purchased the press, for it was housed in his home, and stayed with Winslow for the second endeavor, "The House Beautiful" which Winslow and Wright published. Williams had the publishing knowledge, as a partner in Way & Williams, "Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of Fine Books". Together, Winslow and Williams asked Wright to design the title page, he also designed the printer's device, intertwining three "W"s.
       On the last page Winslow & Williams added a note: "Leigh Hunt published in 1840 a delightful collection of Essays selected from many he had written for the London Journal; and the remainder from the Liberal, the Monthly Repository, the Tatler and the Round Table. The volume was called: 'The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed'. His motto he selected from Shakepeare (m.s.) 'Love adds a precious seeing to the eye'. The book is rarely seen, and, perhaps, more rarely read. We have rambled through it, and have selected for re-print his gentle reading of a fellow poet. W. & W.". For there part, they did not take the stereotypical approach, illustrating portions of the poem, but a more scholarly and literary approach, letting the poem speak for itself, allowing Hunt's words to enhance Keats' poem.
       Although other books were planned, The Eve of St. Agnes and "The House Beautiful" were the only two Winslow/Wright collaborations produced by the Auvergne Press.
       In 1897, to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of John Keats’ birth (1895) Surette composed a ballad of the much loved "The Eve of St. Agnes".
       In 2010 "Bright Star", a full featured film was produced on the life of John Keats.
     
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
     
 
   
Frank Lloyd Wright's Design for the Title Page
   
      Full on this casement shone the wintry moon,
    And threw warm gules on Madeline's fair breast,
    As down she knelt for heaven's grace and boon;
    Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest,
    And on her silver cross soft amethyst,
    And on her hair a glory, like a saint:
    She seem'd a splendid angel, newly drest,
    Save wings, for heaven:---Porphyro grew faint:
She knelt, so pure a thing, so free from mortal taint.
   
The Auvergne Press was established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients, William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, to create hand printed, limited edition books.
      
"Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest..." Wright places a maiden to the left and right of the title. She is encircled by a stylized rose, her lowered hand holds a rose, her raised arm forming a stylized pen quill. Above the maiden on either side are stylized lilies which are "symbols for purity and often appear in conjunction with female saints" according to Hamilton(9).
       In 1895, Wright designed the
Francis Apartments (S.032), overlapping geometric circles in a Sullivanesque pattern. Wright repeated this pattern along the base of the title page, framing his winged females within decorative foliated circles.
      
According to Hanks (6), the design for the title page was an interpretation of Viollet-le-Duc’s winged Beaux-Arts
  female  figures (6). The same year Wright designed the Isidore Heller House (S.038) adapting his drawing from the title page for the female figure friezes. This design was also a precursor to the title page for "The House Beautiful" (1896-7).
       In 1895 Wright installed a carved stone plaque outside his Oak Park office which included his logo, a Celtic cross within a circle, within a square. He worked it into the top of the entrance gates in the
Francis Apartments (S.032), and was also used on his Letterhead. He added it to the bottom right-hand corner of the title page and was added through-out "The House Beautiful".
      
Title page was printed on rice paper and laminated to the paper.
      
The Auvergne Press printer’s device, was also designed by Wright, and includes overlapping Ws which represented the three partners. "AD GUSTUM" is a Latin term "To One's Taste".
     

Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.

     
   

One unusual and rare feature of this book is that gold leaf stamped on the front cover is repeated on the back cover. They asked Wright to design the title page.

Front Cover Back Cover
   
   
Inscribed on the flyleaf “To Mr. Montgomery Pionelt (?). This little book the first born of the Auvergne Press. December 20th, 1896.” Signed W.H Winslow, Chauncey L. Williams.
Flyleaf
 
   

The design for the title page was an interpretation of Viollet-le-Duc’s winged Beaux-Arts female figures.  The overlapping circles repeat a similar treatment he designed into the Francis Apartments. The multiple female figures appeared one year later in the Heller House frieze.  It also has similarities to the title page for "The House Beautiful" (1896-7).  Note the Wright logo bottom right corner, a cross within a circle: See Wright's 1903 Letterhead.

Title Page Title Page Detail
 
 
"Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest..." Wright places a maiden to the left and right of the title. She is encircled by a stylized rose, her lowered hand holding a rose, her raised arm forming a stylized pen quill.
   
   

In 1895, Wright designed the Francis Apartments (S.032), overlapping geometric circles in a Sullivanesque pattern. Wright repeated this pattern along the base of the title page, framing his winged females within decorative foliated circles.

 

 
According to Hanks the design for the title page was an interpretation of Viollet-le-Duc’s winged Beaux-Arts female  figures (6). The same year Wright designed the Isidore Heller House (S.038) adapting his drawing from the title page for the female figure friezes. 
Detail of Viollet-le-Duc's winged female figures (1875). Detail of Wright's winged female figures for the title page. Detail of the winged female figures for the Heller House Frieze.
   
   
In 1895 Wright installed a carved stone plaque outside his Oak Park office which included his logo, a Celtic cross within a circle, within a square. He worked it into the top of the entrance gates in the Francis Apartments (S.032), and was also used on his Letterhead. He added it to the bottom right-hand corner of the title page and was added through-out "The House Beautiful".
Wright's Oak Park Plaque Francis Apartments Francis Apartment Gate Wright Letterhead
   
   

Detail of Wright's logo which he added to the bottom right-hand corner of the title page and was added through-out "The House Beautiful".

 
   

Title page was printed on rice paper and laminated to the paper.

Title Page Detail Title Page Detail
   
   

The Auvergne Press printer’s device, was also designed by Wright, and includes overlapping Ws which represented the three partners. "AD GUSTUM" is a Latin term "To One's Taste".

Printer’s Device
Text Detail
 
 
Printer’s Device Detail
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
 
 
 
William H. Winslow Residence (1894 - S.024)
   
      They told her how, upon St Agnes' Eve,
    Young virgins might have visions of delight,
    And soft adorings from their loves receive
    Upon the honey'd middle of the night,
    If ceremonies due they did aright;
    As, supperless to bed they must retire,
    And couch supine their beauties, lily white;
    Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.
   
The William H. Winslow Residence (1894 - S.024) was Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission after leaving Sullivan's office. Winslow was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and in 1883 at 26 became partner of the Hecla Iron Works. In 1885,when an opportunity arose, he moved to Chicago and with E. T. Harris, formed Harris and Winslow, manufacturing ornamental iron. Harris retired and with his brother Francis formed Winslow Bros. Ornamental Ironworks which he became president of, eventually opening offices in eight other major cities across the country. (5) 
        Wright first met Winslow while working in Sullivan's office. "W.H. Winslow... had often been to Adler and Sullivan's to consult with me about the work of that office. W. H. now turned up to give me my first job... He had become my friend..."
(2) 
          Winslow acquired the property on Auvergne Place from Edward C. Waller, who lived across the street and later became one of Wright's important clients (S.030, 031, 047, 065, 066, 166). Waller's son commissioned Wright to design Midway Gardens (1913 - S.180). Also in 1894 Wright designed four rowhouses for Robert W. Roloson (1894 - S.026), Waller's son-in-law.
       
In 1895 Wright design an office building for the American Luxfer Prism Company, one of the companies Winslow and Waller formed with three other partners. Winslow invented a process of joining glass pieces together. The project was never built, but in 1897 Wright, Robert C. Spencer, Waller and Winslow created designs related to Prism glass blocks. Wright (41), Winslow (11), Waller (2) filed patents.
 

Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.

     
The William H. Winslow Residence, built in 1894. Photographed by Richard Nickel circa 1965.
 
The William H. Winslow Residence, built in 1894. Photographed by Richard Nickel circa 1965.
 
The William H. Winslow Residence interior, photographed by the Chicago Architectural Photographing Company circa 1894.

illustration

   
"Playing with Types." William Herman Winslow. Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois. January 23, 1897, Chicago Evening Post.
 
By 1900 Winslow had converted one end of his stable to a Shop and Print Shop, showing his commitment to one of his passions. Architectural Review, June 1900, Spencer, Plate XXXVI.
 
 
 

Chauncey L. William Residence (1895 - S.033)

   
      He ventures in: let no buzz'd whisper tell:
    All eyes be muffled, or a hundred swords
    Will storm his heart, Love's fev'rous citadel:
    For him, those chambers held barbarian hordes,
    Hyena foemen, and hot-blooded lords,
    Whose very dogs would execrations howl
    Against his lineage: not one breast affords
    Him any mercy, in that mansion foul,
Save one old beldame, weak in body and in soul.
   
Chauncey Lawrence Williams (1895 - S.033) was born in Madison, Wisconsin on January 25, 1872. His father Chauncey manufactured farming equipment. His mother passed away shortly after his birth, and his father remarried. When he was six years old, his father passed away. His step mother moved to London, where he lived until her death when he was sixteen years old. He returned to the States, where he completed high school and then in the fall of 1890 entered the University of Wisconsin. His inheritance of a hundred thousand dollars had left him financially independent, and in the fall of 1893 moved to Chicago. Whether he met Frank Lloyd Wright at the University, or through literary connections is Chicago, in 1895 he hired Wright to design a home for him in Oak Park. William's home became Wright's tenth completed commission after leaving Sullivan. A unique "arts & crafts" element found only in the Williams home was a mound of  boulders embedded on either side of the entryway and along the foundation. According to Grant Manson "The boulders were gathered on summer weekends by the Wrights, the Williamses and the Wallers from the bed of the Des Plaines River... to symbolize the Illinois prairie's era of glaciation..." (4) The river   was only about a block away. Orlando Giannini, who had painted murals in Wright's home painted his last mural for Wright for the Williams home.
       
Williams partnered with Washington Irving Way in 1895 to form Way & Williams, Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of Fine Books. Their first published project was the "Volunteer Grain", the first work written solely by Francis F. Browne, who became a client of Wright's, the Browne's Bookstore (1907 - S.141). They also published another work translated by Browne in 1895, "Paul & Virginia of a Northern Zone". In December 1986 Williams became the sole owner. The firm only lasted for three years until 1898. In all they published over 65 different volumes. In 1897 a novice author submitted his manuscript to Williams who in turn commissioned an up-and-coming young illustrator. "Mother Goose in Prose" (1897) was L. Frank Baum's first children's book. It was also the first book ever illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. It was a huge success with adults, but published to late to take advantage of the lucrative Christmas trade. Compounded with other financial decisions, Way & Williams closed it's doors in early 1898. Baum went on to write "The Wizard of Oz" publish in 1900.
 

Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.

     
The Chauncey L. William Residence, built in 1895. Photographed by Gilman Lane circa 1940.
 
The Chauncey L. William Residence, built in 1895. Photographed by Grant manson circa 1940.
 
 

The Arts & Crafts Movement and the Auvergne Press

 
   
      Out went the taper as she hurried in;
    Its little smoke, in pallid moonshine, died:
    She closed the door, she panted, all akin
    To spirits of the air, and visions wide:
    No utter'd syllable, or, woe betide!
    But to her heart, her heart was voluble,
    Paining with eloquence her balmy side;
    As though a tongueless nightingale should swell
Her throat in vain, and die, heart-stifled, in her dell.
   
The birth of the American Arts and Crafts movement was inspired by British Arts and Crafts. The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society was formed in London in 1887 by Walter Crane, an artist and book illustrator, and served as president of the Society for three years. He was succeeded by British artist William Morris in 1891. In January of 1891 Morris formed the Kelmscott Press, for the purpose of producing books by traditional methods, inspiring what became known as the "Private Press Movement". In December 1891 Walter Crane lectured in Chicago on the Arts and Crafts movement. Over the next few years over fifty publishing houses were formed, sharing a vision of producing finely printed books in limited editions. One result was W. Irving Way and Company a small publishing-bookselling company established in 1892.
      
In 1893 Wright began his own practice. In 1894 he designed the William H. Winslow Residence (S.024) his first independent commission after leaving Sullivan's office. "Winslow was a business man with an artistic bent... by nature he was a craftsman..." (4)  "He was fascinated by mechanical things... an inventor... He was a photographer and had his own darkroom... a musician who played the violin his whole life. He practiced for half an hour in the morning and played for an hour in the evening.  (5)   "The Wright and Winslow children were taught to play different instruments. ...we can imagine that the two families enjoyed musical evenings together."  (6)
      
In 1895 Wright designed a home for another friend, Chauncey L. Williams (S.033). A unique "arts & crafts" element found only in the Williams home was a mound of  boulders embedded on either side of the entryway and embedded into the foundation. That same year Williams partnered with Washington Irving Way to form Way & Williams, Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of fine Books. "While on a trip to England in 1895, W. Irving Way, a partner with Chauncey Williams, Jr... met with William Morris in April and arranged for the printing of "Hand and Soul", Rossetti, 1895, the
   only Kelmscott Press book to be issued by an American publisher." (9 p30) 
       The Winslow home was across the street from the Wallers, the back yard was kiddy-corner to the Williams, and less than two miles from Wright's home and studio in Oak Park. "Every Christmas the Wallers gave a party for their friends, and all their children... The grownups danced, the children played. Papa (Wright) was always the life of the party. It seemed that the party was given for him and the other children. It never started till he arrived and it ended when he left..."
(3)
       It is not hard to envision the Christmas party of 1895. These men discussing their dreams. They listened with interest as Williams described his partners trip to visit Kelmscott Press, and showed them a copy of "Hand and Soul", one of 300 copies printed for distribution in America. Williams love of "fine" books. Winslow's artistic bent. Wright's creativity. The growth of the Arts & Crafts movement. The explosion of Private Presses. Excitement built and so did the possibilities. Everything was falling into place.
      
The Auvergne Press was established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients, William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, to create hand printed, limited edition books. They purchased a large size Washington Press. They asked Wright to design the title page, he also designed the printer's device.
      
In December 1986 Williams became the sole owner of Way & Williams, which lasted for only three years until 1898. In all they published over 65 different volumes.
       Although other books were planned, "The Eve of St. Agnes" and
"The House Beautiful" were the only two Winslow/Wright collaborations produced by the Auvergne Press.
      
Kelmscott Press operated until 1898, publishing 53 different titles.
      
In 1897 the Chicago Arts & Crafts Society was formed at the Hull House. Wright was one of the founding members along with Howard Van Doren Shaw.
 

Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.

     
 
John Keats and What Others Have Written
   
      Out went the taper as she hurried in;
    Its little smoke, in pallid moonshine, died:
    She closed the door, she panted, all akin
    To spirits of the air, and visions wide:
    No utter'd syllable, or, woe betide!
    But to her heart, her heart was voluble,
    Paining with eloquence her balmy side;
    As though a tongueless nightingale should swell
Her throat in vain, and die, heart-stifled, in her dell.
   
John Keats was born on October 31, 1795 and past away on February 23, 1821 at the age of 25. His first surviving poem was "An Imitation of Spenser" which he wrote in 1814 at the age of nineteen. He studied medicine, but his passion was poetry.  In May 1816, Leigh Hunt agreed to publish Keats' sonnet "O Solitude" in his magazine "The Examiner", a leading magazine of the day. Keats was deeply inspired by Leigh Hunt's work. It was the first appearance of Keats' poems in print.
       In March 1817, "Poems" was published, the first volume of Keats' verse. Critically it was rejected, but Leigh Hunt proceeded to publish the essay "Three Young Poets" (Shelley, Keats and Reynolds). Hunt also introduced him to other publishers and writers, which helped established Keats reputation as a leading poet.
       Keats continued writing and in 1819 penned "The Eve of St. Agnes", which was published in July 1820 as part of the volume "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems". It was "Printed For Taylor and Hessey. Fleet-Street, London, 1820". This was the first time "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published in a volume. It also included 12 other poems. The title comes from the evening before the feast of Saint Agnes - St. Agnes' Eve or in Keats words "The Eve of St. Agnes". St. Agnes, the patron saint of virgins, died a martyr in fourth century Rome. Keats based his
 
poem on the tale that a girl could see her future husband in a dream if she performed certain rituals on the eve of St. Agnes. She was to go to bed without supper, lie on her bed with her hands under the pillow, looking up into the heavens. Her proposed husband would appear in her dream, kiss her, and feast with her. "They told her how, upon St Agnes' Eve, Young virgins might have visions of delight"
       The July 1820 issue of "The Edinburgh Monthly Review" reviewed a poem by Barry Cornwall, and included an attack on both Hunt and Keats, "... a more dubious complaint - was it Mr. Leigh Hunt, more than half cured of his cockneyism, and writing, for once, in the spirit of a gentleman, an Englishman, and a true English Poet? ...Now this is cockneyism, and the very worst kind of cockneyism too. It is quite unworthy of any person but Mr. Hunt or Mr. Keats, men who indeed are equally ignorant to all sensible purpose of ancient and modern Italy, but who seem to be very fond of giving themselves airs of a certain sort, merely, we suppose, on the strength of their having been at the King’s theatre pretty often, and perhaps of being in the habit of living among a set of fifth-rate fiddlers and composers of opera bravouras."
       During 1820 Keats began suffering from tuberculosis. During the summer Leigh Hunt cared for him. Keats left the Hunt home and was nursed by Fanny Brawne...   Continued...
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
 
 
Leigh Hunt
   
      Soon, trembling in her soft and chilly nest,
    In sort of wakeful swoon, perplex'd she lay,
    Until the poppied warmth of sleep oppress'd
    Her soothed limbs, and soul fatigued away;
    Flown, like a thought, until the morrow-day;
    Blissfully haven'd both from joy and pain;
    Clasp'd like a missal where swart Paynims pray;
    Blinded alike from sunshine and from rain,
As though a rose should shut, and be a bud again.
   
"Here endeth the young and divine Poet, but not the delight and gratitude of his readers..." Leigh Hunt's conclusion, in essay on "The Eve of St. Agnes", published in 1840 as a volume of essays entitled "The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed" and Winslow and Williams' "The Eve of St. Agnes", 1896, page 27.
       Leigh Hunt was born in London after his parents moved from the USA because of their loyalist sympathies during the American War of Independence. As a boy, he admired Thomas Gray and  William Collins, imitating their poetry. In1801 his poems were published and titled "Juvenilia", He began writing for newspapers, and in 1807 published a work on the theatre and a series of Classic Tales and essays concerning the authors.
       In 1808 Hunt become the editor of "The Examiner", a newspaper founded by his brother John. In 1813 after an attack on the Prince Regent, John and Leigh were sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Leigh's visitors included Lord Byron. From 1810-1811 he edited the quarterly magazine "Reflector", for his brother John.
 
       In May 1816, Hunt agreed to publish Keats' sonnet "O Solitude" in his magazine "The Examiner". This was the first appearance of Keats' poems in print.
      
During the beginning of 1820 Keats began suffering from tuberculosis. During the summer, Hunt cared for him. His health worsened so at his physicians urging left for Italy in the fall.
       
From 1830–1832 Leigh Hunt published the "Tatler", a daily that was devoted to literary and dramatic criticism. From April 2, 1834 through August 22, 1835 he published the "London Journal". The January 21, 1835, issue, No. 43, included Hunts’ commentary which was interspersed through out Keats’ "Eve of St. Agnes". This was Hunt’s first essay exclusive composed about this poem. From 1837–1838 he was the editor for the Monthly Repository.
        In 1840 Hunt published
"The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed", which included his essay on "The Eve of St. Agnes" interspersed with his commentary within the poem, first published  in the "London Journal", January 21, 1835.
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
 
 
The Eve of St. Agnes: Copies Known to Exist

 

   
      And still she slept an azure-lidded sleep,
    In blanched linen, smooth, and lavender'd,
    While he from forth the closet brought a heap
    Of candied apple, quince, and plum, and gourd
    With jellies soother than the creamy curd,
    And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon;
    Manna and dates, in argosy transferr'd
    From Fez; and spiced dainties, every one,
From silken Samarcand to cedar'd Lebanon.
   
Because only 65 original copies were printed, only a few originals can be accounted for today. The following museums and individuals are known or thought to have copies of this book:
Proof: Proof on Japan vellum of Frank Lloyd Wright's title page for The Eve of Saint Agnes by John Keats. "Printed at the Auvergne Press by William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams 1896." Black and red ink.  The University of NC, Greensboro, The Way and Williams manuscripts collection dates from 1895 to 1990.
No. 10: Rick Bentley, Indiana. Originally a gift to Thomas Elliot Donnelley (R.R. Donnelley & Sons, printers) and signed by Chauncey Williams and William Winslow.
No. 13: Originally a gift to Mrs. Hopkins from Winslow and Williams. 1896." Part of The University of NC, Greensboro, Way and Williams Collection. Either part of the original collection donated by John Williams (Son), or acquired with funds from the endowment.
No. 14: Steiner, Douglas M. and Christine J. (individual)
No. 17: Sold to a private party 2018. Originally given by Chauncey L. Williams to James William Ellsworth on December 25, 1986. Christie's Auction, October 17, 1997, Lot 234, Sale 8037, Sold for $2,760.
No. 21: Library of Congress. Acquired between 1981-82. (7)
No. 23: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale. Originally given to Mr. & Mrs. John Sutter from Winslow for Christmas 1896. Given to Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright in 1981 by Mrs. John Sutter. (8) 
 
No. 24: Offered by J.B. Muns. Inscribed by the publisher to Elia W. Peattie, dated a few days after the book was published. Also a book plate of Peattie & husband, Robert Burns Peattie. (See Notable Bookstore)
No. 36: Listed as item #48 in "Frank Lloyd Wright Kelmscott Gallery" Elliott, 1981, pages 53. On Dec. 5, 2008, Christie's auctioned this item. Lot 42.
No. 47: Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. Inscribed to Aunt Emmy by W. H. Winslow. (Bookplate) From the library of Frances Steloff.
No. 56: Exhibited in 1921 at the Boston Public Library, commemorating the death of John Keats. (1)
No. ww: Newberry Library, John M. Wing Foundation, Chicago. Originally a gift from Winslow to Mr. Joseph D. Picket on Dec. 24, 1896.
No. __: University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Inscription: To Miss Genevieve Clark with appreciative regards of Edith H. Winslow, Auvergne, River Forest, Ill. 1903. (9) 
No. __: Fordyce, Robert P. Exhibited at the Chapin Library, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, June-Sept 2006. (10)
No. __: Listed as item #17 in "Important 19th and 20th Century Architectural Objects and Designs" Hindman, 1990, pages 19.
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
 
 
Portraits of John Keats
This collection of drawings and paintings of John Keats are those that predate Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Eve of St, Agnes", 1896.
       We owe a debt of gratitude to Joseph Severn, for his friendship, support and artistic skill. John Keats first surviving poem was "An Imitation of Spenser" which he wrote in 1814 at the age of nineteen. He studied medicine, but his passion was poetry. In May 1816, Leigh Hunt agreed to publish Keats' sonnet "O Solitude" in his magazine "The Examiner", a leading magazine of the day. Keats was deeply inspired by Leigh Hunt's work. It was the first appearance of Keats' poems in print. Severn first sketched John Keats in 1816, when Keats was approximately 21 years old.
 
Severn captured Keats youth, intensity, and fervor, a poet on the edge of greatness.
       Also in 1816, artist Benjamin Robert Haydon sketched a profile of Keats which he incorporated into a large picture he was painting entitled ‘Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem’.
       In March 1817, "Poems" was published, the first volume of Keats' verse. Critically it was rejected, but Leigh Hunt, undaunted, proceeded to publish the essay "Three Young Poets" (Shelley, Keats and Reynolds). Hunt also introduced him to other publishers and writers, which helped established Keats reputation as a leading poet...   Continued...
 
 
 
Illustrations of "The Eve of St. Agnes"
This collection of drawings and paintings of "The Eve of St. Agnes" are those that predate Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Eve of St, Agnes", 1896, with a few exceptions
       William Holman Hunt was the first artist to illustrate "The Eve of St. Agnes" in oil. Keats past away with only a close friend, Joseph Severn at his bed side, the July 1820 attack in the Edinburgh Monthly Review still ringing in his ears. He most likely past away, feeling a failure as a poet. Just 27 years after John Keats' death, William Holman Hunt painted an oil on canvas. Born
 
six years after Keats' death, he painted it at the age of 21 years of age. He was an English painter, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848.
       George Scharf, was the first to illustrate "The Eve of St. Agnes" published in book form with illustrations. Four engravings corresponded with "The Eve of St. Agnes". George Cupples writes in the Eclectic Review "A new path may be considered to open in the plan taken this season, by a very elegant edition of Keats. No less than a hundred and twenty designs...   Continued...
 
 
 
Other Versions of "The Eve of St. Agnes" Published Prior to 1896
   
      Her eyes were open, but she still beheld,
    Now wide awake, the vision of her sleep:
    There was a painful change, that nigh expell'd
    The blisses of her dream so pure and deep,
    At which fair Madeline began to weep,
    And moan forth witless words with many a sigh;
    While still her gaze on Porphyro would keep;
    Who knelt, with joined hands and piteous eye,
Fearing to move or speak, she look'd so dreamingly.
   
1820/1922 1859 Harper’s 1880 1885 1885
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Date: 1820

Title: The Edinburgh Monthly Review. July - December 1820. Vol. IV. (Printed for Waugh and Innes, Hunter Square, Edinburgh. G. and W. B. Whittaker, Ave-Marie Lane, and Rodwell and Martin, New Bond Street, London. Sold also by J. Cumming, Dublin. Printed by Balfour and Clark.)

Author: Anonymous (Possibly John Gipson Lockhart)

Description: The July issue reviews a poem by Barry Cornwall, and includes an attack on both Hunt and Keats, "... a more dubious complaint - was it Mr. Leigh Hunt, more than half cured of his cockneyism, and writing, for once, in the spirit of a gentleman, an Englishman, and a true English Poet? ...Now this is cockneyism, and the very worst kind of cockneyism too. It is quite unworthy of any person but Mr. Hunt or Mr. Keats, men who indeed are equally ignorant to all sensible purpose of ancient and modern Italy, but who seem to be very fond of giving themselves airs of a certain sort, merely, we suppose, on the strength of their having been at the King’s theatre pretty often, and perhaps of being in the habit of living among a set of fifth-rate fiddlers and composers of opera bravouras." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.8 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 767

S#: 0001.29.0610

   
Date: 1820 (Reprinted in 1922, 1922 Version)

Title: Keats, Poems Published in 1820 (1820/1922 Version) (Published by Humphrey Milford, London at the Oxford University Press in 1922)

Author: Keats, John

Description: "This present edition is a reprint, page for page and line for line, of a copy of the 1820 volume in the British Museum..." originally published with the title "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems". By John Keats, Author of Endymion. Originally "Printed For Taylor and Hessey. Fleet-Street, London, 1820" This was the first time "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published in a volume. It also includes 12 other poems. Digital and printed version. Digital and printed versions. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.1 x 6.3.

Pages: Pp 115

S#: 0147.03.0510

   
Date: 1822 Fac-Simile

Title: Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats, Author of Endymion, Hyperion Etc. By Percy B. Shelley. Pisa with the types of didot. 1821. ("Shelley speedily decided which course to follow, and put his Elegy to press at Pisa, where it was ‘printed with the types of Didot.' ")

(Note: This is an exact Fac-Simile published within the 1886 edition of "Adonais". Published For The Shelley Society By Reeves and Turner, 196 Strand, London. Three Hundred Copies were printed by Richard Clay & Sons, Bread Street Hill, London. Bungay, Suffolk.)

Author: Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Description: In his preface Shelley writes. "The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses, was not less delicate and fragile than it was beautiful... The savage criticism of his Endymion, which appeared in the Quarterly Review, produced the most violent effect on his susceptible mind; the agitation thus originated ended in the rupture of a blood-vessel..." This later proved to be untrue. He continues "...the succeeding acknowledgments from more candid critics, of the true greatness of his powers, were ineffective to heal the wound thus wantonly inflicted. It may be well said, that these wretched men know not what they do. They scatter their insults and their slanders without heed as to whether the poisoned shaft lights on a heart made callous by many blows..." Shelley laments "I weep for Adonais - he is dead! O, weep for Adonais! though our tears, Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head! And thou, sad Hour, selected from all years, To mourn our loss, rouse thy obscure compeers, And teach them thine own sorrow, say: with me Died Adonais..." Shelley published his Elegy at Pisa, where it was "printed with the types of Didot." The original price was 3s. 6d (3 Shillings, 6 pence.) and was issued in blue paper wrappers, with woodcut and ornamental border. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes" by John Keats. Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.9 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 25

S#: 0001.54.0710

   
Date: The Indicator (1820/1822)

Title: The Indicator (Printed and published by Joseph Appleyard, Catherine-Street, Stand, and sold by all the Booksellers)

Author: Hunt, Leigh

Description: On August 2, 1820, Leigh Hunt wrote an extensive review on "The Stories of Lamia, The pot of Basil, The Eve of St. Agnes, &c. As told by Mr. Keats.", and observed concerning St. Agnes "...the passage affords a striking specimen of the sudden and strong maturity of the author's genius." The Indicator No. 43 (2 August 1820). Hunt's reviews were compiled in this volume and published in 1822. Digital and printed versions. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 615

S#: 0001.04.0510

   
Date: Paris 1829

Title: The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats, Complete in One Volume (Published by A. and W. Galignani, No. 18, Rue Vivienne, Paris. Printed by Jules Didot Senior, Printers to His Majesty, Rue Du Pont-De-Lodi, No. 6)

Author: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats

Description: Third section begins with "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age. .." Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes". An elaborate three-tiered engraving frames the three poets with Victorian friezes. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messenger" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). (Published in 1831 and 1832 by J. Griggs, Philadelphia.) (Published in 1846 and 1847 by Crissy & Markley, Philadelphia.) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 629

S#: 0001.19.0610

   
Date: Philadelphia 1831 and 1832

Title: The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats (Published by J. Griggs, No. 9, North Fourth Street, Philadelphia)

Author: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats

Description: (1931) Third section begins with "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age. .." Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes". An elaborate three-tiered engraving frames the three poets with Victorian friezes. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messenger" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). First published in 1829 by A. and W. Galignani, Paris. (Published in 1832 by J. Griggs, Philadelphia.) (Published in 1846 and 1847 by Crissy & Markley, Philadelphia.) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page. Description: (1932) Third section begins with "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age. .." Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes". An elaborate three-tiered engraving frames the three poets with Victorian friezes. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messenger" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). First published in 1829 by A. and W. Galignani, Paris. (Published in 1831 by J. Griggs, Philadelphia.) (Published in 1838 by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., Philadelphia.) (Published in 1846 and 1847 by Crissy & Markley, Philadelphia.) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.
   
Size: 5 x 8.4 Size: 5 x 8.25
   
Pages: Pp 619 Pages: Pp 629
   
S#: 0001.20.0610 S#: 0001.21.0610
   
Date: 1835

Title: Leigh Hunt’s London Journal, January 21, 1835, No. 43. (Published by Charles Knight, Ludgate Street and Henry Hooper, 13, Pall Mall East, London. From the Steam (?) Press of C. & W. Reynell, Little Parkway Street, London)

Author: Hunt, Leigh

Description: From 1830–1832 Leigh Hunt published the Tatler, a daily that was devoted to literary and dramatic criticism. From April 2, 1834 through August 22, 1835 he published the London Journal. From 1837–1838 he was the editor for the Monthly Repository. The January 21, 1835, issue, No. 43, included Hunts’ commentary which was interspersed through out Keats’ "Eve of St. Agnes". This was Hunt’s first essay exclusive composed about this poem. One wonders if Hunt chose issue No. 43 because it was thirteen year earlier that he touched on this poem when he wrote an essay just after it was first published in the volume "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes", which Hunt published in "The Indicator", 1820, No. 43. These weekly issues were later bound in volume form. This 1835 essay was published five years later in the 1840 "The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed", a volume of Hunt’s essays. "The Seer" was reprinted in 1850, and in 1896 reprinted by Winslow and Williams’ Auvergne Press. Original cover price Three Halfpence. Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size:

Pages: Pp 280

S#: 0001.06.0510

   
Date: 1840 Taylor

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats (Published by Taylor and Walton, 28, Upper Gower Street, London. Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars, London.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Portrait of John Keats engraved by Charles Wentworth Wass, from a drawing by William Hilton. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.75 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 254

S#: 0001.31.0610

   
Date: 1840

Title: The Poetical Works of Howitt, Milman and Keats, Complete in One Volume. (Hard Cover, Full Leather. Marbled end papers.) (Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., No. 253, Market Street, Philadelphia) (Also published in 1841 and 1845 by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., No. 253, Market Street, Philadelphia) (Published in 1847 by Crissy & Markley, No. 4 Minor Street, Philadelphia, and in 1853 by Crissy & Markley, Goldsmith’s Hall, Library Street, Philadelphia.)

Author: Howitt, Mary; Milman, Henry Hart; Keats, John

Description: As in the "The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats" volumes, the third section of this volume begins with a "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age..." Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes". An elaborate three-tiered engraving frames the three poets with Victorian friezes. Includes a portrait of John Keats after a charcoal sketch by Joseph Severn. Portraits are engraved by G.B. Ellis. Ornaments by W.H. Ellis. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messager" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (First Edition). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 520 (x, 447, vii, 75)

S#: 0000.12.1212

   
Date: 1840

Title: The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed (Published by Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London. Printed by Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars, London)

Author: Hunt, Leigh

Description: "Preface. The following Essays have been collected, for the first time, from such of the author’s periodical writings as it was thought might furnish another publication similar to the Indicator. Most of them have been taken from the London Journal; and the remainder from the Liberal, the Monthly Repository, the Tatler and the Round Table... this 19th day of October , 1840." Comprised of Part I and II. "The Eve of St. Agnes" is in Part II, Chapter XLII, pages 12-18. Hunt intersperses his commentary within the poem. The essay was first published in the London Journal, January 21, 1835. The last page of the version published by Auvergne Press in 1896 notes: "Leigh Hunt published in 1840 a delightful collection of Essays selected from many he had written for the London Journal; and the remainder from the Liberal, the Monthly Repository, the Tatler and the Round Table. The volume was called: The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed. His motto he selected from Shakepeare (m.s.) 'Love adds a precious seeing to the eye.' The book is rarely seen, and, perhaps, more rarely read. We have rambled through it, and have selected for re-print his gentle reading of a fellow poet. W. & W." (Winslow & Williams). Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 193

S#: 0001.05.0510

   
Date: 1841 Smith

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats (Published for the Proprietor by William Smith, 13, Fleet Street, London. Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars, London.) (Also published in 1846 by Wiley & Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York. C. A. Alvord, Printer, Corner of John and Dutch Streets. P. B. Smith, Stereotyper, 216 William Street.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume is a near reprint of the 1840 version. It combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Portrait of John Keats engraved by Charles Wentworth Wass, from a drawing by William Hilton. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.5 x 6.1

Pages: Pp 254

S#: 0001.32.0610

   
Date: 1841

Title: The Poetical Works of Howitt, Milman and Keats, Complete in One Volume. (Hard Cover, Full Leather. Marbled end papers.) (Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., No. 253, Market Street, Philadelphia. Printed by Gihon, Fairshild & Co., S.E. Corner of Seventh and Market Streets.) (Also published in 1840 by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., No. 253, Market Street, Philadelphia) (Published in 1847 by Crissy & Markley, No. 4 Minor Street, Philadelphia, and in 1853 by Crissy & Markley, Goldsmith’s Hall, Library Street, Philadelphia.)

Author: Howitt,Mary; Milman, Henry Hart; Keats, John

Description: As in the "The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats" volumes, the third section of this volume begins with a "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age. .." The frontispiece is an elaborate three-tiered engraving frames the three poets with Victorian friezes. Portraits are engraved by G.B. Ellis. Ornaments by W.H. Ellis. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messager" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 531 (x, 447, vii, 75)

S#: 0000.31.0215

   
Date: 1842

Title: Graham’s Lady’s & Gentlemen’s Magazine. April 1842, Volume XX. (Published by George R. Graham, Philadelphia)

Author: Short, Jeremy; Keats, John

Description: "St. Agnes’ Eve. A Chit-Chat About Keats." Jeremy Short writes "...I have just been reading Keats - shame on the wretches who tortured him to death! ...Genius he had unquestionably, yet he never enjoyed a happy hour... The world, since then, has done tardy justice to his genius - but this did not soothe his sorrows, nor will it reach him in his silent grave... have you ever read ‘The Eve of St. Agnes?’ It is - let me tell you - the poem for which Keats will be loved, and you aught to walk barefoot a thousand miles, like an ancient pilgrim to Loretto, for having neglected to peruse this poem... It has the glow of a landscape seen through a rosy glass - it is warm and blushing, yet pure as a maiden in her first exceeding beauty. As Burgundy is to other wines, as a bride blushing to her lover’s side is to other virgins, so it ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ to other poems. What luxuriance of fancy, what scope of language, what graphic power it displays!" Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.6 x 9.75

Pages: Pp 218-220

S#: 0001.42.0610

   
Date: 1844

Title: The Rococo (No. 1) (Published by Morris, Willis, & Co., Publishers, No. 4 Ann-Street, New York) New Mirror Extra - No. 8 (in a series of 29 to date). Contains three poems, one of which is "The Eve of St. Agnes", with original notes by N. P. Willis. The term Recoco referred to a style of French design and decor originating in the mid-18th century. Willis explains, "‘The Rococo’ is the quaint, but, in fact, most descriptive name of an ‘Extra’ now in press for the ‘Mirror Library.’ Those of your readers who have been lately in France will be familiar with the term rococo... It came into use about four to five years ago, when it was the rage to look up costly and old-fashioned articles of jewellery and furniture. A valuable stone, for example, in a beautiful but antique setting, was rococo... ‘The Racoco,’ published by the proprietors of the New Mirror, answers this description exactly. It comprises the three most exquisite and absolute creations of pure imagination (in my opinion) that have been produced since Shakspere - ‘Lillian,’ by Praed; ‘The Culprit Fay,’ by Drake; and ‘St. Agnes,’ by Keats..."

Author: Keats, John; Hunt, Leigh; Willis, N.P.

Description: In 1843 Morris, Willis, & Co., began publishing a weekly "The New Mirror". Supplemental to this weekly they offered "Extras" under the title "Mirror Library". By mid-year 1844 they had published 29 volumes which included fifty titles (New Mirror 7/20/44, p255). This is "No. 8" in that series. A series within these 29 volumes was titled "The Recoco", this being "No. 1" in the Recoco series. One of the three poems published in this volume was "The Eve of St. Agnes" with Leigh Hunt’s commentary interspersed through out the poem, first published in the London Journal January 21, 1835. This cover reads (Three of the most delicious poems ever written.) N. P. Willis observes "The writer visited his grave at Rome, and read there the epitaph he himself directed to be graven on the head-stone: ‘Here lies one whose name was written in water.’ It almost requires a poet to appreciate the unreachable delicacy of Keats’s use of language. He plucks his epithets from the profoundest hiding-places of meaning an association." Original Cover Price 12 ½ cents. Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 16

S#: 0001.07.0510

   
Date: 1845

Title: Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets (First published by Smith, Elder, and Co., London in 1844.) (Published by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York. Printed by R. Craighead’s Power Press, 112 Fulton Street. Stereotyped by T. B. Smith, 216 William Street) (Also published as "New Edition, Complete in one volume" in 1848 by George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, New York.) (Also published as "A New Edition" in 1891 by Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, London.)

Author: Hunt, Leigh; Keats, John

Description: Hunt begins this volume with an essay "An Answer to the Question What is Poetry!" He includes selections from Spenser; Marlowe; Shakspeare; Ben Johnson; Beaumont and Fletcher; Middleton, Decker and Webster; Milton; Coleridge; Shelley; and Keats. This includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" and Hunts Essay, first published in "The Seer" 1840, but with modifications. Where his comments were interspersed within Agnus in 1840, the poem in totality comes first, then Hunts essay with minor modifications. He introduces the section on Keats with a biography, and who better to write this then this close supporter, colleague and friend. He writes "Keats was born a poet... Repeated editions of him in England, France, and America, attest its triumphant survival of all obloquy; and there can be no doubt that he has taken a permanent station among British Poets, of a very high, if not thoroughly mature, description. ...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius... It is young, but full-grown poetry of the rarest description; graceful as the beardless Apollo; glowing and gorgeous with the colours of romance. ...all good things tend to pleasure in the recollection; when the bitterness of their loss is past, their own sweetness embalms them. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.’" Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 505

S#: 0001.08.0510

   
Date: 1845

Title: The Poets and Poetry of England in the Nineteenth Century. By Rufus W. Griswold. A Drainless Shower of Light is Poesy; ‘Tis the Supreme of Power; ‘Tis might Half Slumbering on its own right arm. John Keats. Second Edition. (Published by Carey & Hart, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Stereotyped by L. Johnson, Phila. Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins.) (The First Edition was published in 1844 by Carey & Hart, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) (The Third Edition was published in 1846 by Carey & Hart, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) (The Fourth Edition was published in 1853 by Henry Carey Baird, Philadelphia, Successor to E. L. Carey.) (The Fifth Edition was published in 1875 by James Miller, Publisher, 647 Broadway, New York. Lange, Little & Co., Printers, Electrotypers and Stereotypers, 108 to 114 Wooster Street, New York. By Rufus W. Griswold. With additions by R. H. Stoddard.)

Author: Keats, John; Griswold, Rufus W.

Description: Of the approximately 75 English poets incorporated in this volume, Griswold chose to quote Keats on the title page. He writes of Keats, "...1817, appeared his first volume of poetry, and in the following spring, ‘Endymion.’ They were badly received by the critics. Every one, we suppose, has heard of the bitter review attributed to Gifford, in the Quarterly, which, with some show of reason, was said to have caused the poet’s death... Though depressed, he was not disheartened, and he wrote in two years... ‘The eve of St. Agnes’ which were printed in 1820. ‘He sent them out,’ says Shelley, with ‘a careless despair.’ without confidence or fear. But the world was now prepared to render a different verdict upon his work... Praise was not yet universal, but it came from the high-priests of genius... Keats was the greatest of all poets who have died so young. His imagination, which he most delighted to indulge through the medium of mythological fable, was affluent and warm... Many of his sonnets possess a Miltonic vigour, and his ‘Eve of St. Agnes’ is as highly finished, almost, as the masterpieces of Pope." Included is "The Eve of St, Agnes". Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.3 x 8.6.

Pages: Pp 528

S#: 0001.44.0610

   
Date: Philadelphia 1847

Title: The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats (Published by Crissy & Markley, No. 4, Minor Street, Philadelphia. Printed by T. K. and P. G. Collins) (Also published in 1846.)

Author: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats

Description: Third section begins with "Memoir of John Keats". "The short career of John Keats was marked by the development of powers which have been rarely exhibited in one at so immature an age. .." The three-tiered engraving that appeared in the 1829, 1831 and 1832 versions have been replaced in this version with an illustration of Coleridge. Extensive commentary by an unnamed author. Some scholars attributed commentary to Cyrus Redding. Redding edited the "Galignani Messenger" from 1815 - 1818. From 1820 to 1830 he edited "The New Monthly Magazine". (Obituary: Athenaeum, 1870 p.742). First published in 1829 by A. and W. Galignani, Paris. (Published in 1831 and 1832 by J. Griggs, Philadelphia.) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 8.5.

Pages: Pp 629

S#: 0001.22.0610

   
Date: 1848

Title: Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets (Hard Cover) (Published as "New Edition, Complete in one volume" in 1848 by George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, New York.) (First published in 1845 by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York. Printed by R. Craighead’s Power Press, 112 Fulton Street. Stereotyped by T. B. Smith, 216 William Street.) (Also published as "A New Edition" in 1891 by Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, London.)

Author: Hunt, Leigh; Keats, John

Description: Hunt begins this volume with an essay "An Answer to the Question What is Poetry!" He includes selections from Spenser; Marlowe; Shakspeare; Ben Johnson; Beaumont and Fletcher; Middleton, Decker and Webster; Milton; Coleridge; Shelley; and Keats. This includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" and Hunts Essay, first published in "The Seer" 1840, but with modifications. Where his comments were interspersed within Agnus in 1840, the poem in totality comes first, then Hunts essay with minor modifications. He introduces the section on Keats with a biography, and who better to write this then this close supporter, colleague and friend. He writes "Keats was born a poet... Repeated editions of him in England, France, and America, attest its triumphant survival of all obloquy; and there can be no doubt that he has taken a permanent station among British Poets, of a very high, if not thoroughly mature, description. ...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius... It is young, but full-grown poetry of the rarest description; graceful as the beardless Apollo; glowing and gorgeous with the colours of romance. ...all good things tend to pleasure in the recollection; when the bitterness of their loss is past, their own sweetness embalms them. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.’" Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". First Putman edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 255

S#: 0001.10.0510

   
Date: 1848

Title: Life, Letters, and Literary Remains, of John Keats. Edited by Richard Monckton Milnes. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (And) Vol. II. (Both volumes published by Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London. Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars. London.)
       
In 1848 it was also published "Complete in One Volume" by George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, New York. Leavitt, Trow & Co., Printers. 49 Ann-street.
       
In 1867 it was republished as The Life and Letters of John Keats. By Lord Houghton. A New Edition. In One Volume. (Published by Edward Moxon & Co., Dover Street, London. Bradbury, Evans, and Co., Printers, Whitefriars. London.)

Author: Milnes, Richard Monckton (Lord Houghton)

Description: This was the first biography written about John Keats. Volume one begins with a dedication "To Francis Jeffrey, one of the Senators of the College of Justice in Scotland. Dear Lord Jeffrey, It is with great pleasure that I dedicate to you these late memorials and relics of a man, whose early genius you did much to rescue from the alternative of obloquy or oblivion. The merits which your generous sagacity perceive under so many disadvantages, are now recognised (sp) by every student and lover of poetry in this country, and have acquired a still brighter fame, in that other and wider England beyond the Atlantic, whose national youth is, perhaps, more keenly susceptible of poetic impressions and delights, than the maturer and more conscious fatherland..." Volume one covers through the summer of 1819. Volume two carries on and ends with Keats’s Last Sonnet, Bright star. Original list price 14s (shillings). Digital and Printed versions.
       
The 1867 version included revisions and "A considerable portion of the Literary Remains are inserted in this edition of the Life of Keats in the places to which they naturally belong. The rest, including the Dramatic pieces, will more fitly form part of an editions of his collected Works, to be printed with this volume." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". First Putman edition. 5.25 x 7.25. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.7 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 328

S#: 0001.50.0710

 

The Eve of St. Agnes (1848)

“The Flight of Madeline and Porphyro during the Drunkenness Attending the Revelry”, Oil on canvas, by William Holman Hunt. See additional information.

 

Date: 1850 Moxon

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. A New Edition (Published by Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London. Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars, London.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume is a reprint of the 1840 and 1841 versions with minor revisions. It combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. Original list price, 2s (shillings) 6d (pence.) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3 x 5

Pages: Pp 276

S#: 0001.33.0610

   
Date: 1852 Morrell

Title: Selections From The British Classics. Shelley and Keats (Published by Arthur Morrell, 25 Park Row, New York)

Author: Keats, John; Morrell, Arthur

Description: The section on Keats begins with a short biography by the publisher. "...In 1818 he published his ‘Endymion;’ and this poem was so severely - nay, savagely, criticized in the Quarterly Review, that the author became excited in an extraordinary degree, ‘the first effects of which,’ says Shelley, ‘are described to me to have resembled insanity, and it was by assiduous watching that he was restrained from suicide... In 1820, he published... ‘The Eve of St. Agnes.’ These were reviewed by the critics with a kinder spirit, and with an author less sensitive... It has been truly said of Keats that He was a true poet... He appears to be one of the greatest of self-taught poets." Included is "The Eve of St. Agnes." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3 x 4.8

Pages: Pp 140

S#: 0001.43.0610

   
Date: 1854 Moxon

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir by Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). Illustrated by 120 Designs, Original and From the Antique, Drawn on Wood by George Scharf, Jun., F.S.A., F.R.S.L. (Published by Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London. Bradbury and Evans, Printers Extraordinary To The Queen, Whitefriars.) (Published in 1855 by E. H. Butler & Co., Philadelphia. C. Sherman, Printer.)

Author: Keats, John; Milnes, Richard Monckton

Description: In 1850 Edward Moxon published a version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" that had previously been published in 1840 (Taylor) and 1841 (Smith). This 1854 edition, first published in 1848, was an expanded version with an extensive "Memoir of John Keats" by Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). In 1848 it was originally Volume II, published along with "Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats" (Volume I). George Cupples writes in the Eclectic Review "A new path may be considered to open in the plan taken this season, by a very elegant edition of Keats. No less than a hundred and twenty designs... have here been on wood by George Scharf... The volume is not only a marvel of wood-engraving, while it exhibits qualities entitled to high praise, from the artistic point of view... Here Mr. Scharf, whose own designs are sometimes excellent, stands yet higher in care for correct transference to the block, with minuteness not to be surpassed..." (Apr 1860, p370). As in the other three volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 438

S#: 0001.34.0610

   
Date: 1854 & 1863 Little

Title:

The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Life. (Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Evans and Dickerson, New York. Lippincott, Grambo and Co., Philadelphia. Printed by H. O. Houghton and Company, Riverside, Cambridge. Stereotyped by Stone and Smart.) (Republished in 1863 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston.)
       In 1877 this volume was combined with Lowell’s work on Coleridge into two volumes titled "The Poetical Works of Coleridge and Keats." (Published by Hurd & Houghton, New York, and H. O. Houghton & Co. Boston. Riverside Edition. $3.50. It was republished in 1879 by Houghton, Osgood & Co., Boston. The Riverside Press, Cambridge.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: Similar versions were published in 1840 (Taylor), 1841 (Smith), 1850 and 1854 (Moxon). This 1854 (and 1863) edition includes a portrait by George Scharf, and begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" signed J. R. L. (James Russell Lowell). The 1863 edition included an additional 21 Posthumous Poems and Sonnets not incorporated in the 1854 Little edition. As in the other volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas, with additional sonnets and posthumous poems not included in the earlier editions. Portrait of John Keats. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.1

Pages: Pp 469

S#: 0001.35.0610

   
Date: Contributions To The Edinburgh Review By Francis Jeffrey (1854)

Title: Contributions To The Edinburgh Review. By Francis Jeffrey, Now One of the Judges of the Court of Sessions in Scotland. Four Volumes. Complete in One (Published by Phillips, Sampson, and Company, Boston. James C. Derby, New York. Stereotyped by J. C. D. Christian & Co. C. Sherman & Co., Printers.) (Republished in 1873 by D. Appleton and Company, New York.)

Author: Jeffrey, Francis

Description: First published in August 1820, Jeffrey reviewed "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems." Jeffrey writes "We... have been exceedingly struck with the genius they (the poems) display, and the spirit of poetry which breathes through all their extravagances... One of the sweetest of the smaller poems is that entitled ‘The Eve of St. Agnes:’ though we can now afford but a scanty extract.. Mr. Keats has unquestionably a very beautiful imagination, a perfect ear for harmony, and a great familiarity with the finest diction of English poetry; but he must learn not to misuse or misapply these advantages; and neither to waste the good gifts of nature and study on intractable themes, not to luxuriate too recklessly on such as are more suitable." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 775

S#: 0001.30.0610

   
Date: 1856 Sampson

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1856 Version) (Published for Joseph Cundall. By Sampson Low and Son, 47 Ludgate Hill, London. Printed by Richard Clay, Bread Street Hill, London)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume may be the first time "The Eve of St Agnes" was published as a single volume. Illustrated with Twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper. Bound in cloth, with gilt edges. Original price 7s (Shillings) 6d (Pennies). Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0001.11.0510

   
Date: 1856 Appleton

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Hard Cover) (Published By D. Appleton & Co. Broadway, New York. Thick boards covered in dark blue cloth. Design stamped into front and back cover, title gilt. Three sides trimmed and gilt. Small overlapping "LJ" worked into the bottom of the cover illustration.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published in the America, this volume is a reprint of the 1856 version published in London, England, possibly in conjunction with Sampson Low and Son. The 1856 London version was "Published for Joseph Cundall" and included a stylized "JC" imprint on the verso of the title page. This 1856 version lacks any mention of Joseph Cundall, but includes the stylized imprint on the verso side of the title page. Illustrated with Twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper. From Appleton’s catalog, 1860, p.90: "Keats’ whole works are flushed all over with the rich lights of fancy, and so colored and bestrewn with the flowers of poetry, that, even while perplexed and bewitched in their labyrinths, it is impossible to resist the intoxication of their sweetness, or to shut our hearts to the enchantments they so lavishly present." - Jeffreys. Cloth $1.50. In morocco, extra $3. Or in tree calf, $3. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 8

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0001.23.1214

   
Date: 1856

Title: Selections From The British Poets, By Eliza Woodworth. With Twelve Illustrations. (Published by Carlton & Phillips, 200 Mulberry-Street, New York.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Although "The Eve of St, Agnes" was not included, this is an example of Keats popularity in 1856. He is included with the likes of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakspeare, Milton, Watts, Wordsworth, Scott, Coleridge, Moore, Byron, Shelley, and others. Hard Cover. (First Edition) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes".

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 365

S#: 0001.62.0810

 

The Eve of St. Agnes (1856)

"The Eve of St. Agnes". Oil on canvas, Triptych by Arthur Hughes.
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Date: 1857

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1857 Version) (Published By D. Appleton & Co. 346 and 348, Broadway, New York)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published in the America, this volume is a reprint of the 1856 version published in England. Minor changes include a lest expensive cloth cover. The 1856 version was "Published for Joseph Cundall" and included a stylized "JC" imprint on the verso of the title page. This 1857 version lacks any mention of Joseph Cundall, but includes the stylized imprint on the verso side of the title page. Illustrated with Twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper. Digital and printed version.  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4x 7.1

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0001.12.0510

   
Date: 1859

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1859 Version) (Hard Cover) (Published By Sampson Low and Son, 47 Ludgate Hill, London. Printed by Richard Clay, Bread Street Hill, London)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume is a reprint of the 1856 version. Minor changes include a revised elaborate gilt-stamped green leather cover, front and back. The 1856 version was "Published for Joseph Cundall" and included a stylized "JC" imprint on the verso of the title page. This 1859 version lacks any mention of Joseph Cundall, but includes the stylized imprint on the verso side of the title page. Illustrated with Twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper. Gilt edges. Original price 7s (Shillings) 6d (Pennies). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0001.13.0510

   
Date: Derby 1861

Title: Selections From The English Poets (Hard Cover) (Published by H. W. Derby, 625 Broadway, New York.) (First published in 1845 as "Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets" by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York. Printed by R. Craighead’s Power Press, 112 Fulton Street. Stereotyped by T. B. Smith, 216 William Street.) (Published again in 1848 as a "New Edition, Complete in one volume" by George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, New York.) (This volume was published again in 1891 entitled "Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets" as "A New Edition" by Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, London.)

Author: Hunt, Leigh; Keats, John

Description: A republishing of "Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets", first published in 1845, but under the shortened title "Selections From The English Poets". This is Volume II with 255 pages. The second half is Volume 3, same title, but the sub-title is "Imagination and Fancy" with an essay titled "Wit and Humor" with 261 pages. Hunt begins this volume with an essay "An Answer to the Question What is Poetry!" He includes selections from Spenser; Marlowe; Shakspeare; Ben Johnson; Beaumont and Fletcher; Middleton, Decker and Webster; Milton; Coleridge; Shelley; and Keats. This includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" and Hunts Essay, first published in "The Seer" 1840, but with modifications. Where his comments were interspersed within Agnus in 1840, the poem in totality comes first, then Hunts essay with minor modifications. He introduces the section on Keats with a biography, and who better to write this then this close supporter, colleague and friend. He writes "Keats was born a poet... Repeated editions of him in England, France, and America, attest its triumphant survival of all obloquy; and there can be no doubt that he has taken a permanent station among British Poets, of a very high, if not thoroughly mature, description. ...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius... It is young, but full-grown poetry of the rarest description; graceful as the beardless Apollo; glowing and gorgeous with the colours of romance. ...all good things tend to pleasure in the recollection; when the bitterness of their loss is past, their own sweetness embalms them. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.’" First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 516

S#: 0001.17.0510

   
Date: 1863

Title: The Atlantic Monthly. A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics. Volume XI. April 1863 (Published by Ticknor and Fields, 185, Washington Street, Boston. Trubner and Company, London)

Author: Severn, Joseph

Description: "On The Vicissitudes of Keats’s Fame" Introduction "[...Shelley wrote in 1821: - ‘He [Keats] was accompanied to Rome and attended in his last illness by Mr. Severn, a young artist of the highest promise...]" "I well remember being struck with the clear and independent manner in which Washington Allston, in the year 1818, expressed his opinion of John Keats’s verse, when the young poet’s writings first appeared, amid the ridicule of most English readers. Mr. Allston was at that time the only discriminating judge among the strangers to Keats who were residing abroad, and he took occasion to emphasize in my hearing his opinion of the early effusions of the yong poet in words like these: - ‘They are crude materials of real poetry, and Keats is sure to become a great poet.’ ...in America he (Keats) has always had a solid fame, independent of the old English prejudices." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.75 x 9.2

Pages: Pp 805

S#: 0001.51.0710

   
Date: 1863

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir, By James Russell Lowell. (Hard Cover) (Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Stereotyped by H. O. Houghton. Presswork by John Wilson & Son, Boston.) (First published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston in 1854.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: Similar versions were published in 1840 (Taylor), 1841 (Smith), 1850 and 1854 (Moxon). This 1863 edition includes a Portrait of John Keats by George Scharf, and begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" signed J. R. L. (James Russell Lowell). This 1863 edition included an additional 21 Posthumous Poems and Sonnets not incorporated in the 1854 Little edition. As in the other volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas, with additional sonnets and posthumous poems not included in the earlier editions. In 1877 this volume was combined with Lowell’s work on Coleridge into two volumes titled "The Poetical Works of Coleridge and Keats." Published by Hurd & Houghton, New York, and H. O. Houghton & Co. Boston. Riverside Edition. $3.50. It was republished in 1879 by Houghton, Osgood & Co., Boston. The Riverside Press, Cambridge. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.9 x 6

Pages: Pp 361

S#: 0000.32.0315

 

The Eve of St. Agnes (1863)

"The Eve of St. Agnes". Oil on canvas, by John Everett Millais.
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Date: Circa 1866

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Hard Cover) (Published by Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, Milton House, 47 Ludgate Hill, London. Printed by R. Clay, Son, and Taylor, Printers, Bread Street Hill)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Illustrated with twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper. Bound in burgundy cloth, gilt and black design on the cover and spine. Edges trimmed and gilt. Dark green end-pages. Pages are printed both sides of the page, with a bound slip sheet between each page. Undated, but full page catalogs dated (October, 1866) for "Sampson Low, Son, and Marston. Milton House, Ludgate Hill, London," appeared in many volumes at that time. That form of the publishers name along with that address appeared between 1864 to 1868. Two page catalog for Sampson Low... appears at the end of the volume. Original price 5s (Shillings). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 8

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0000.30.0215

   
Date: 1867

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir by James Russell Lowell (Hard Cover) (Published by James Miller, New York. Printed by Anderson & Ramsay, New York. Trimmed and gilt three sides.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russel

Description: First copyrighted and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1854. It was published again by Little, Brown in 1863. This volume uses the plates from the 1863 edition. The frontispiece is a repeat of the 1854/1863 engraved Portrait of John Keats.. This volume begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" by James Russel Lowell. "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other,  Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other... Keats certainly had more of the penetrative and sympathetic imagination which belongs to the poet, of that imagination which identifies itself with the momentary object of its contemplative, than any man of these later days... His imagination was his bliss and bane... in him we have an example of the renaissance going on almost under our own eyes, and that the intellectual ferment was in him kindled by a purely English leaven.... Keats had an instinct for fine words, which are in themselves pictures and ideas, and had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.9 x 5.8.

Pages: Pp 361

S#: 0000.11.0912

   
Date: 1867

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir. (Hard Cover) (Published by Ticknor and Fields Boston. Part of the series "The British Poets".)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: This edition is nearly an exact reprint of the edition published in 1854 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Evans and Dickerson, New York. Lippincott, Grambo and Co., Philadelphia. The Contents through page 415 appear to be the same plates. Pages 416 - 438 include the additional 20 Sonnets published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, in 1863. This 1867 edition includes a portrait of John Keats, and begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" signed J. R. L. (James Russell Lowell). As in the earlier volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Hard Cover, See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.75

Pages: Pp 438

S#: 0001.55.0710

   
The Eve of St. Agnes (1868)
"Madeline After Prayer", Oil on canvas, by Daniel Maclise.
See additional information.
 
   
Date: Moxon 1872

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Edited, With a critical Memoir, By William Michael Rossetti. Illustrated By Thomas Seccombe. (Hard Cover) (Published by E. Moxon, Son, & Co., Dover Street, and 1 Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, London. Second copy (digital) Published by E. Moxon, Son, & Co., Dover Street, London. Printed by Sanson & Co., Edinburgh.) (Undated. Announcement of sale in "Notes and Querries" November 23, 1872. "The first Volumes ready will be Keats and Tupper..." Published as part of Moxon’s Popular Poets Series. Original list price 3s 6d [3 shillings, 6 pence.])

Author: Keats, John; Rossetti, William Michael

Description: This volume begins with a memoir by Rossetti. He writes, "...A scribe in the Quarterly Review - i believe it was the editor, Mr. Gifford - undertook to write Keats down an ass, and many a responsive bray, sounding loudest and most jubilant from Blackwood’s Magazine, ratified the dictum at the time; but lo! After a few years had elapsed, it was found that the reviewer had only succeeded in writing himself down an ass. The lash brandished against Keats’s back had but recoiled, and scored the more pachydermatous loins of Gifford." In 1820 "Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and other Poems" was published. It was "received in a fairly respectful tone; and a notice by Jeffrey shortly appeared in the Edinburgh Review, calculated to redress the stolid injustice previously done by the Quarterly and by Blackwood." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Two copies: Hard Cover. Second copy digital and Printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 456

S#: 0001.45.0610

   
Date: Circa 1872

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Edited, With a critical Memoir, By William Michael Rossetti. Illustrated By Thomas Seccombe. (Hard Cover) (Published by E. Moxon, Son, & Co., Dover Street, and 1 Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, London. Printed by Sanson & Co., Edinburgh.) (Undated. Announcement of sale in "Notes and Querries" November 23, 1872. "The first Volumes ready will be Keats and Tupper..." Published as part of Moxon’s Popular Poets Series. Front and back cover ivory enamel. Etched cover design in black and red ink, and gilt. Metal edges three sides are gilt.)

Author: Keats, John; Rossetti, William Michael

Description: Frontispiece is an etched portrait of Keats. Two title pages. Full page facsimile of Keats handwriting. Illustrated by Thomas Seccombe, one relating to the Eve of St. Agnes. This volume begins with a memoir by Rossetti. He writes, "...A scribe in the Quarterly Review - I believe it was the editor, Mr. Gifford - undertook to write Keats down an ass, and many a responsive bray, sounding loudest and most jubilant from Blackwood’s Magazine, ratified the dictum at the time; but lo! After a few years had elapsed, it was found that the reviewer had only succeeded in writing himself down an ass. The lash brandished against Keats’s back had but recoiled, and scored the more pachydermatous loins of Gifford." In 1820 "Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and other Poems" was published. It was "received in a fairly respectful tone; and a notice by Jeffrey shortly appeared in the Edinburgh Review, calculated to redress the stolid injustice previously done by the Quarterly and by Blackwood." Original list price 6s 6d (6 shillings, 6 pence.) (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 406

S#: 0000.26.0514

   
Date: 1873

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir, By James Russell Lowell. With Illustrations. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, By Little, Brown and Company... Printed by Anderson & Ramsay, Printers, New York. (Hard Cover) (Published by James Miller, New York.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: First copyrighted and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1854. It was published again by Little, Brown in 1863. In 1867 James Miller used the 1863 plate when he published the volume. This volume uses the plates from the 1867, with a few minor changes to the plates, and the addition of the red line border and decorative designs. The frontispiece is an engraved portrait of John Keats by G.J. Anderton after a portrait by Severn. This volume begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" by James Russel Lowell. "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other, -Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other... Keats certainly had more of the penetrative and sympathetic imagination which belongs to the poet, of that imagination which identifies itself with the momentary object of its contemplative, than any man of these later days... His imagination was his bliss and bane... in him we have an example of the renaissance going on almost under our own eyes, and that the intellectual ferment was in him kindled by a purely English leaven.... Keats had an instinct for fine words, which are in themselves pictures and ideas, and had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..." It includes ten illustrations, three of which relate to "The Eve of St, Agnes", by Edward H. Wehnert, originally published in 1856, (Numbers 2, 11, 19). (First Edition)   See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 6.75

Pages: Pp 340

S#: 0000.15.1012

   
Date: October 1873

Title: The Aldine, The Art Journal of America - October 1873, Vol. VI, No. 10 (Published by James Sutton & Co., Publishers, New York)

Author: Anonymous, Engraving: Linton, Henry. After a painting by Hunt, Holman

Description: "The Eve of St. Agnes. There is much of beauty, grace, and sentiment in the beautiful picture from the brush of William Holman Hunt, which we reproduced for The Aldine. Nearly twenty-five years ago Mr. Hunt began to paint those religious and mystical pictures which have since given him such a great reputation in his native England, as well as abroad. ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ is one of these... His early works were adopted from poetry and fiction, one of which, painted in 1848, was from Keats’s ‘St. Agnes’." There is only one problem. How could a major art magazine in New York make such a grand mistake. This is after a painting by Daniel Maclise, 1868, not Hunt, 1848. Original cover price 50 cents.

Size: 11.125 x 16.125

Pages: Pp Cover (191), 193

S#: 0000.03.0511

   
Date: February 1874

Title: The Gentleman’s Magazine. Vol. XII. February 1874 (Published by Grant & Co., 72 to 78 Turnmill Street, E.C. London)

Author: Clarke, Charles Cowden

Description: "Recollection of John Keats. ...It was about this period (1816) that, going to call upon Mr. Leigh Hunt... I took with me two or three of the poems I had received from Keats. I could not but anticipate that hunt would speak encouragingly, and indeed approvingly, of the compositions - Written, too, by a youth under age; but my partial spirit was not prepared for the unhesitating and prompt admiration which broke forth before he had read twenty lines of the first poem. Horance Smith happened to be there on the occasion, and he was not less demonstrative in his appreciation of their merits... Smith repeated with applause the lines in italics, saying ‘What a well-condensed expression for a youth so young!’ " Pages 177- 204. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version.  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.2 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 797

S#: 0001.52.0710

   
Date: Circa 1874

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted from the Early Editions, With Memoir, Explanatory Notes, &c. (Hard Cover) (Published by Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand, London. Scribner, Welford and Armstrong, New York. Boards are bound in a dark blue cloth, stamped and printed in black ink and gilt. Edges are trimmed and gilt three sides.)

Author: Keats, John; Anonymous

Description: Part of The "Chandos Classics" Series published by Frederick Warne and Co. Publishers’ Preface. The present Edition of Keats’ Poems is a complete reprint of all his poems out of Copyright to the present time, and contains considerably more than any other Non-copyright Edition yet published. It begins with an anonymous Prefatory Memoir. "Whom the Gods love die young," was the belief of antiquity; and such seems to have been, in truth, the case when John Keats, the gifted and beloved, passed away in the dawn of his life, after singing a few brief songs -the promise of a glorious hereafter, destined never to be fulfilled. The tenderest interest hovers over the memory of this young poet. Next to Chatterton's his name has become a spell to move the warmest pity and sympathy in English hearts, for his short life was not a happy one, and he died without knowing that he had won the laurel of immortality..." Six wood engraved illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers, one of which relates to "The Eve of St. Agnes." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 281

S#: 0000.24.0613

   
Date: 1876

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. By John Keats. Illustrated. (Hard Cover) (Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston. Printed by University Press: Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: "We have rarely seen anything more exquisite in the shape of miniature editions of authors than the "Vest-Pocket Series." Published as part of the Vest-Pocket Series. Also includes nine other poems by Keats. "The Eve of St. Agnes" illustrated with six etchings by an unnamed artist. Green cloth, black and gilt-stamped cover. Original list price $0.50. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.4 x 4.9

Pages: Pp 96

S#: 0001.60.0810

   
Date: 1876

Title: Among My Books. Second Series. By James Russell Lowell, Professor of Belles-Lettres in Harvard College. (Hard Cover) (Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston. Printed by University Press: Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge. Electrotyped and Printed by Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge.)
       (Of note is the book plate on the inside front cover, the Boston Public Library, which includes the same logo, which appears on the title page of the 1921 Keats Exhibition. Although it was not officially listed in the catalogue in all probability this copy was highlighted as part of the library’s permanent collection.)

Author: Lowell, James Russell

Description: This volume is comprises of five biographies by Harvard Professor James Russell Lowell, and include Dante, Spenser, Wordsworth, Milton and Keats. Of Keats he writes, "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other, - Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other... Keats certainly had more of the penetrative and sympathetic imagination which belongs to the poet, of that imagination which identifies itself with the momentary object of its contemplative, than any man of these later days... His imagination was his bliss and bane... in him we have an example of the renaissance going on almost under our own eyes, and that the intellectual ferment was in him kindled by a purely English leaven.... Keats had an instinct for fine words, which are in themselves pictures and ideas, and had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..." Original list price $2.00.  Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". See additional versions and title page. (First Edition)

Size: 4.75 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 327

S#: 0001.58.0710

   
Date: Moxon 1876

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir By Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes). A New, Revised, and Enlarged Edition. Page proceeding Title Page: Portrait by Joseph Severn, engraved by H. Robinson. (London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1868.) (Hard Cover) (Published by E. Moxon and Co., I, Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, London. Printed by Swift and Co., Newton Street, High Holborn, W. C., London. Bound by Baker & Son. Clifton.)

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: First published in 1868 by Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London. This edition is very similar to the version Moxon published in 1854. It includes the extensive "Memoir of John Keats" by Lord Houghton ( Richard Monckton Milnes). It does not include the 120 designs by George Scharf, but borders each page including the decorative corners as seen on the title page. Moxon expands this edition with additional Poems and Sonnets not published in the 1854 edition. As in the 1854 edition, he combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25.

Pages: Pp 349

S#: 0001.53

   
Date: Circa 1878

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by Ward, Lock, & Co., Warwick House, Dorset Building, Salisbury Square, E.C., London. Printed by Duncan Grant and Company, Edinburgh.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: The first half of this volume encompasses five major poems, including, Endymion, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Hyperion. The last half consist of 44 miscellaneous poems, The cap and Bells, Otho the Great and King Stephen. There are 17 decorative illustrations by an unnamed artist. The cover in green cloth, with a stamped, black and gilt design. Back cover has a stamped design only. This volume appears to be part of a larger series, all undated, with the same cover design. "Poetical Works of Byron" is dated 1878 by Google, and stamped "Bodleiam Library, 12 May 83, Oxford". "Poetical Works of Pope" is dated 1878 by Google and is stamped "Bodleiam Library, 112 May 83, Oxford". "Poetical Works of Coleridge" is dated 1882 by Google and is stamped "Bodleiam Library, 11 May 83, Oxford". They possibly coincides with Ward & Lock’s "Books for All Time" Series: #15 Keats. #17 Byron, #22 Pope and #24 Coleridge.  (First Edition). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 406

S#: 0000.13.1212

   
Date: 1878

Title: The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed, In Two Volumes. Vol. I & II (Hard Cover) (Published by Roberts Brothers, Publishers, Boston. Printed by John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, on Laid paper.)

Author: Hunt, Leigh

Description: "Preface. The following Essays have been collected, for the first time, from such of the author’s periodical writings as it was thought might furnish another publication similar to the Indicator. Most of them have been taken from the London Journal; and the remainder from the Liberal, the Monthly Repository, the Tatler and the Round Table... this 19th day of October , 1840." Comprised of Vol. I & II, bound together in one volume. "The Eve of St. Agnes" is in Volume II. Hunt intersperses his commentary through out the poem. The essay was first published in the London Journal, January 21, 1835. The last page of the version published by Auvergne Press in 1896 notes: "Leigh Hunt published in 1840 a delightful collection of Essays selected from many he had written for the London Journal; and the remainder from the Liberal, the Monthly Repository, the Tatler and the Round Table. The volume was called: The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed. His motto he selected from Shakepeare (m.s.) "Love adds a precious seeing to the eye." The book is rarely seen, and, perhaps, more rarely read. We have rambled through it, and have selected for re-print his gentle reading of a fellow poet. W. & W. (Winslow & Williams). (Fourth Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 334 + 290

S#: 0000.20.1012

   
Date: 1879

Title: University Press: John Wilson & Son. Ad in The Literary World. Volume IX. June, 1878 - December, 1879. (The Literary World was Published Bi-Weekly by E. H. Hames & Co., Publishers, Boston, Mass.)

Author: John Wilson & Son

Description: Ad for University Press: John Wilson & Son, in The Literary World. May 24, 1879, page 176, June 21, 1879, page 208. "University Press: John Wilson & Son. University Press, Established 1639. Press of John Wilson & Son, Established 1847. Cambridge, April 15, 1879." University Press was established in 1639. John Wilson & Son was established in 1847. On April 15, 1879 Wilson purchased UP. "It is with pleasure that we announce to our friends and the public that we have purchased the right, title and Printing Material of the long-established firm of Welch, Bigelow & Co., known as the 'University Press' and that we have associated with us Mr. Charles E. Wentworth, formerly of Soule, Thomas & Wentworth, of St. Louis... With increased facilities for executing Fine Woodcut Printing..." Original cover price 10 Cents. Digital and Printed versions. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 5.25

Pages: P 176, 208

S#: 0001.57.0710

   
Date: Circa Pre 1879

Title: Tomb of John Keats, Circa pre-1879 (Photograph)

Description: Keats was born on October 31, 1795 and died on February 23, 1821 in Rome and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. His last request was to be placed under a tombstone bearing no name or date, only the words, "Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water." Joseph Severn and Charles Brown erected the tomb stone. Under the relief of a lyre with broken strings, includes the epitaph, "This Grave contains all that was Mortal of a Young English Poet Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart at the Malicious Power of his Enemies Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone: "Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. 24 February 1821." The Protestant Cemetery pyramid can be seen in the background. Joseph Severn was one of Keats closest friends. When he pasted away August 3, 1879, he was buried next to Keats in the Protestant Cemetery, where they both buried today. This photograph shows a concrete border tightly bordering just the Keats grave, which may indicate this was photographed before Severn’s death. The concrete border was expanded to include Severn’s tomb stone. Caption: "2508. Cosmos Pictures Co. New York. Tomb of Keats." After the turn of the century in 1900, Cosmos Pictures advertised, "Reproductions of the Art of the World, Old Italian Masters, Continental Schools, and Modern Painters are represented in the famous Cosmos Pictures. Portraits, Sculpture and Paintings from the notable galleries of Europe. 1,000 subjects Quality high, and prices low..." Photographer unknown.

Size: 8 x 12 B&W photograph.

S#: 0000.28.0613

   
Date: 1880

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes. By John Keats. Illustrated in Nineteen Etchings. By Charles O. Murray. (Dark Warm Gray Cloth Hard Cover) (Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, Crown Building, Fleet Street, London)

Author: Keats, John

Description: "Few poets have ever gained a deeper hold on the affections of their readers than John Keats; and it is with a feeling almost of personal gratulation that these will view the new edition of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes.’ in which that sweetest and tenderest of poems appears with sumptuous provisions of print and paper, and illustrated with nineteen beautiful etchings by Charles O. Murray. So delicately fine are these designs, and so harmonious are all the details of the book, one hesitates to describe or praise it, but feels rather like going at once and bringing his and Keats’s dearest friend, and saying in triumph, ’Look!’ The honor of the publication of this work belongs to Sampson, Low & Co., of London..." (Dial, Dec 1880 p.160). "Thoroughly artistic and appealing to the most cultured taste; a really beautiful book." (p.168). Includes two title pages. Printed one side only on stiff paper with tissue bound in front of each illustration. Each Stanza begins with large, decorative initial. Each illustration is bordered by impress of metal plate. Original list price 2 (£). Also published by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington was a "Large-Paper Edition. Proof Impressions on Japanese paper, bound in vellum, of which only 50 copies exist." 3 (£) 3 (Shillings). (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: Large size, 10.5 x 14.25.

Pages: Pp 62

S#: 0000.29.0215

   

Date: Sampson & Dodd 1880

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes. By John Keats. Illustrated in Nineteen Etchings. By Charles O. Murray. (Two versions: Burgundy and Dark Green Cloth Hard Cover) (Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, Crown Building, Fleet Street, London. Dodd, Mead, and Company, New York.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: "Few poets have ever gained a deeper hold on the affections of their readers than John Keats; and it is with a feeling almost of personal gratulation that these will view the new edition of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes.’ in which that sweetest and tenderest of poems appears with sumptuous provisions of print and paper, and illustrated with nineteen beautiful etchings by Charles O. Murray. So delicately fine are these designs, and so harmonious are all the details of the book, one hesitates to describe or praise it, but feels rather like going at once and bringing his and Keats’s dearest friend, and saying in triumph, ’Look!’ The honor of the publication of this work belongs to Sampson, Low & Co., of London; and Dodd, Mead & Co. are the importers of an American imprint edition." (Dial, Dec 1880 p.160). "Thoroughly artistic and appealing to the most cultured taste; a really beautiful book." (p.168). Includes two title pages, Dodd and Sampson. Printed one side only on stiff paper with tissue bound in front of each illustration. Each Stanza begins with large, decorative initial. Each illustration is bordered by impress of metal plate. Large size, 10.5 x 14.25. Original list price 2 (£); $10. Also published by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington was a "Large-Paper Edition. Proof Impressions on Japanese paper, bound in vellum, of which only 50 copies exist." 3 (£) 3 (Shillings). (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 10.5 x 14.25

Pages: Pp 62

S#: 0001.28.0510, 0001.59.0810

   
Date: Worthington Circa 1880

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir by James Russell Lowell. With Illustrations. (Published by R. Worthington, New York)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: This is a reprint of the edition published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston in 1863. The 1863 edition included an additional 21 Posthumous Poems and Sonnets not incorporated in the 1854 Little edition. Earlier versions were published in 1840 (Taylor), 1841 (Smith), 1850 and 1854 (Moxon). In the 1854 and 1863 Little editions, the memoir "The Life of Keats" was signed J. R. L. His name is included on the title page. There are also four illustrations by an unnamed artist in this circa 1880 edition. As in the other volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas, as-well-as the additional 21 Posthumous Poems and Sonnets published in the 1863 Little edition. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. First Edition.  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 362

S#: 0001.37.0610

   
Date: 1880

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by John Wurtele Lovell, Publishers, New York)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Part of Lovell’s "Editions of the Poets, Red Line Edition". "These are without doubt the finest editions of the Poets ever issued in this country at a low price .The plates are all new beautiful clear type the paper very good and the binding the best and handsomest that could be designed." From an Ad, Publisher’s Weekly, January 29, 1881. Begins with Keats Preface to "Endymion", dated April 10, 1818, Teignmouth. Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" pages 185 - 199. Five etched illustrations by an unnamed illustrator (possibly Francis T. Palgrave), one of which relates to "The Eve of St. Agnes". Bound in cloth, the cover and spine design is stamped in black and gold, pages are trimmed and have gilt edges. Each page is bordered with four red lines. The plates were used again in by Thomas Y. Crowell in circa 1882, and Belford, Clarke & Co., 1884. Original list price $1.25. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.9 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 416

S#: 0000.16.1112

   
Date: 1880

Title: John Keats. A Study. By F. M. Owen. (Published by C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1 Paternoster Square, London. Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square and Parliament Street, London.)

Author: Owen, Frances Mary

Description: Of "The Eve of St. Agnes" Owen writes, "is told with a richness of detail, an exquisite poise of imagination, a reticence which controls its enthusiastic expansion, and a grace and purity and calm which modulate its passion. It is one of the best known of the poems of Keats, and rightly, for it appeals strongly to our human feeling, though it lacks, because it does not need, the prophetic element of ‘Endymion’ and ‘Hyperion’. The ‘Eve of St Agnes’ is the most picturesque of all the poems of Keats, its descriptions by far the most artistic." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.1 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 196

S#: 0001.47.0610

   
Date: 1881

Title: Modern Classics: Characteristics (Carlyle). Favorite Poems (Shelley). The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (Keats). (Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston. The Riverside Press, Cambridge.)

Author: Carlyle, Thomas; Shelley, Percey Bysshe; Keats, John

Description: In the "Catalog of Books Published by Houghton, Mifflin", 1881, (p 145) this is part of the "Modern Classic Series" 32 volume set. No. 19 is divided into three parts, each numbered separately. The Eve of St. Agnes includes six illustrations by an unnamed artist. James Russell Lowell is quoted "The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry. In him a vigorous understanding developed itself in equal measure with the divine faculty; thought emancipated itself from expression without becoming its tyrant; and music and meaning floated together, accordant as swan and shadow, on the smooth element of his verse. We recognize in Keats that indefinable newness and unexpected which we call genius." (p.118) The plates for The Eve of St. Agnes were originally published as a single volume in 1876 by James R. Osgood. Original list price 75 cents. 3.75 x 5.3. (First Edition)   See additional versions and title page.

Size:

Pages: Pp 286

S#: 0000.19.1112

   
Date: 1881

Title: Household Friends For Every Season (Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This title was first published in 1864 by Ticknor and Fields. Stereotyped and Printed by University Press: Welch, Bigelow and Company, Cambridge, but lacked Keats’ "The Eve of St. Agnes". In 1871 it was republished without changes by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston. Late Ticknor & Fields, And Fields, Osgood, & Co. Stereotyped and Printed by University Press: Welch, Bigelow and Company, Cambridge. It was republished again in 1881 with changes by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston. Originally included were 32 authors and an example of their work. This 1881 version included 32 authors, and added John Keats’ "The Eve of St. Agnes". Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25.

Pages: Pp 383

S#: 0001.48.0610

   
Date: 1882

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co., 596, Broadway, New York. Printed by R. Clay, Sons and Taylor, Printers, London.) Cloth cover, beveled edges, blind stamped with black vine and gilt letters. Trimmed and gilt edges three sides. Blank pages are inserted every other page, between each printed page. Printed pages heavier stock, blank pages light stock. Edward H. Wehnert illustrations, engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper, were first published in 1956.

(Inset Right: Cover and Title Page for "The Eve of St. Agnes", published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin [1975]. Printed by R. Clay, Sons and Taylor, Printers, London.)

Author: Keats, John; Illustrated by Edward H. Wehnert (but no credit given to him); Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper.

Description: The Choice Series, a set of fourteen books, one of which was "The Eve of St. Agnes", was first published in 1875 by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, New York. An ad by Cassell, Petter & Galpin in the December, 1875 (Christmas) issue of Publisher’s Weekly, page 844, announced New Books, included The Choice Series and "The Eve of St. Agnes". Each sold for $1.25. John Cassell, a publisher had added two partners to form Cassell, Petter & Galpin. In 1878 with the addition of a new partner, Robert Turner, the firm became Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. The address was 596 Broadway, New York. In the January 15, 1881 issue of P.W, page 43, they announced a move to new quarters at 739-741 Broadway, New York. An ad in the Sept. 15, 1882 issue of Publisher’s Weekly, page 514, announced New Editions from Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. which included The Choice Series, in "new and handsome binding", $1.00 each. The set included the same fourteen books published in 1875, one of which was this volume of "The Eve of St. Agnes". The title page does not reference the new address, but the old, 596 Broadway. C.P.G. & Co. ran an ad in the January 29, 1881 issue of Publisher’s Weekly listing the "books published in 1880", and no mention of "The Choice Series". Taking all of this into consideration, it seems safe to assume that this volume was published in 1882. A date inscribed on the front fly leaf is dated December 25, 1883. In 1888 the company’s name was changed again to Cassell & Co, Ltd. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.9 x 7

Pages: Pp 33

S#: 0000.04.1211

   
Date: 1882

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats, Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir by Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D. C. C., Hon. Fellow of Trin. Coll., Cambridge. (Hard Cover) (Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge)

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: Editor’s Note. "The object of the chronological arrangement of this edition, and the consequent insertion of some pieces of comparatively little value, is to present a faithful self-drawn literary picture of the short and sad poetical life. Had Keats lived to maturity his claim on the larger sympathies of mankind... This volume alone contains all his works..." The volume begins with the Houghton Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." The frontispiece is a portrait etching of John Keats by "Andrew-Sc", adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. Each page is bordered in a red box with decorative corners. Hard cover. First Edition.   See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 493

S#: 0000.07.0512

   
Date: 1882

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats, Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir by Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D. C. C., Hon. Fellow of Trin. Coll., Cambridge. (Hard Cover) (Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge. Blue cloth, gilt and black stamped design on cover and spine. Edges are trimmed and gilt. Red line borders each page.)

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: Editor’s Note. "The object of the chronological arrangement of this edition, and the consequent insertion of some pieces of comparatively little value, is to present a faithful self-drawn literary picture of the short and sad poetical life. Had Keats lived to maturity his claim on the larger sympathies of mankind... This volume alone contains all his works..." The volume begins with the Houghton Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." Includes an etching of John Keats by "Andrew-Sc", adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. Each page is bordered in a red box with decorative corners. Hard cover. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 493

S#: 0000.27.1013

   
Date: Circa 1882

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Not dated, circa 1882. (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., No. 13 Astor Place, New York. Gilt edges, Red Line borders, Illustrated and elegantly bound. Green cloth, gilt design on cover and spine.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Part of Crowell’s Red Line Poets, including 50 different volumes. Begins with Keats Preface to "Endymion", dated April 10, 1818, Teignmouth. Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" pages 185 - 199. Six etched illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers, one of which relates to "The Eve of St. Agnes". Inscribed and dated on the FFEP, Dec. 25th, 1890. Reported copy: "Owen Meredith. Same cover design, inscribed October 21, 1882. Original list price $1.25. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 416

S#: 0000.06.0412

   
Date: Circa 1882

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Not dated, circa 1882. (Version two) (Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., No. 13 Astor Place, New York. Gilt edges, Red Line borders each page, Illustrated and elegantly bound. Tan cloth, gilt and black stamped design on cover and spine.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Possibly a version of Crowell’s Red Line Poets, including 50 different volumes. Exactly the same as (0000.06), except for the cover. This volume begins with Keats Preface to "Endymion", dated April 10, 1818, Teignmouth. Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" pages 185 - 199. Six wood engraved illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers, one of which is for "The Eve of St. Agnes." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.4.

Pages: Pp 416

S#: 0000.25.0114

   
Date: 1883 Clark & Maynard

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Soft Cover) (Published by Clark & Maynard, Publishers, 734 Broadway, New York)

Author: Keats, John; Hales, J. W.

Description: "But who would part with what he has left us, let the faults be what they may? No works of our literature are more truly poetical, none more completely carry one away into an ideal realm, where worldly noises come to the ear, it they reach it al all, subdued and deadened; none breathe out of them, and around them, a more bewitching atmosphere." Part of the English Classics Series (No. 40), with philological and explanatory notes by J. W. Hales, M. A., late fellow and assistant tutor of Christ’s College, Cambridge; Barrister at-law of Lincoln’s Inn; Lecturer in English literature and classical composition at King’s College, London. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 27

S#: 0001.25.0510

   
Date: 1883 Reeves & Turner

Title: The Poetical Works and Other Writings of John Keats. Now first brought together, Including poems and numerous letters not before published. Edited with notes and appendices by Harry Buxton Forman. In four volumes. Volume II. (See Volume I) (Published by Reeves & Turner, 196 Strand, London, Printed by Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman,  Harry Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: Volume II begins with "Keats’s third and last book, issued in the summer of 1820 ‘Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes’". Reprinted page for page, Forman has added commentary plus footnotes related to the original manuscript . The lines have been numbered: 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. "In a letter to George Keats and his wife dated the 14th of February (1819), Keats says that he took with him to Chichester, where he had been staying in January, "some of the thin paper, and wrote on it a little poem called ‘St. Agnes’ Eve,’ which you will have as it is, when I have finished the blank part of the rest for you.’ The balance of Volume II includes poems and sonnets, as well as thirteen appendixes. Appendix I: Hunt’s review of "Lamia, Isabella and Eve" first published in "The Indicator", 1820. Appendix II: "Later remarks on Keats by Leigh Hunt" was first published by Smith, Elder, and Co., London in 1844, entitled "Imagination and Fancy". He writes "Keats was born a poet... Repeated editions of him in England, France, and America, attest its triumphant survival of all obloquy; and there can be no doubt that he has taken a permanent station among British Poets, of a very high, if not thoroughly mature, description. ...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius..." Portrait of Keats engraved by C. Wass from a chalk drawing by William Hilton R.A. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.1 x 8.3

Pages: Pp 601

S#: 0001.26.0610

   
Date: 1883 Dodd

Title: The Letters and Poems of John Keats. In Three Volumes. Vol. II & Vol. III. (Published by Dodd, Mean & Company, New York. Printed by the Press of Theo. L. De Vinne & Co., New York)

Author: Keats; Houghton; Speed

Description: Published as a three volume set, "With the annotations of Lord Houghton, and a memoir by Jno. Gilmer Speed." Volume I was sub-titled "The Letters of John Keats". Volumes II and III were sub-titled "The Poems of John Keats, Vol. I and II". Volume II contains a 22 page Memoir on the life an work of John Keats, written by Speed. Volume III contains "The Eve of St. Agnes". Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 316

S#: 0001.24.0610

   
Date: 1884

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Published by Clark & Maynard, Publishers, 734 Broadway, New York)

Author: Keats, John; Hales, J. W.

Description: "But who would part with what he has left us, let the faults be what they may? No works of our literature are more truly poetical, none more completely carry one away into an ideal realm, where worldly noises come to the ear, it they reach it al all, subdued and deadened; none breathe out of them, and around them, a more bewitching atmosphere." Part of the English Classics Series (No. 40), with philological and explanatory notes by J. W. Hales, M. A., late fellow and assistant tutor of Christ’s College, Cambridge; Barrister at-law of Lincoln’s Inn; Lecturer in English literature and classical composition at King’s College, London. 4.3 x 6.6. (Second Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 27

S#: 0000.17.1212

   
Date: 1884 Belford

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted from the latest revised edition. Illustrated. (Hard Cover) (Published by Belford, Clarke & Co., Chicago and New York. Printed and bound by Donohue & Henneberry, Chicago. Burgandy cloth, gilt and green design embossed on cover and spine.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Part of The "Arundel Poets" series published by Belford, Clarke & Co. Begins with Keats Preface to "Endymion", dated April 10, 1818, Teignmouth. Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" pages 185 - 199. Six etched illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers, one of which relates to "The Eve of St. Agnes". Each page is bordered with four red lines and uses the same black plates as The Poetical Works of John Keats published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York, circa 1882. Original list price, gilt edges, $1.50. First edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 416

S#: 0000.08.0512

   
Date: 1884 DeWolfe

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. (Published by DeWolfe, Fiske & Company, 365 Washington Street, Boston.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Similar titles were published in 1840 (Taylor), 1841 (Smith), 1850 and 1854 (Moxon), 1854 (Little). This 1884 edition includes five illustrations by an unnamed artist. As in the other volumes it combines "Endymion" published in 1818, "Lamia. Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems" published in 1820, as well as miscellaneous poems, sonnets, epistles and stanzas, with additional sonnets and posthumous poems not included in the earlier editions. Digital and printed version. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 8.5.

Pages: Pp 438

S#: 0001.36.0610

   
Date: 1884 MacMillan

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From The Original Editions With Notes by Francis T. Palgrave. (Published by MacMillan and Co., London.) (Reprinted in 1886, 1889, and 1892.)
      A second Large Paper Edition was published in 1885. ("Two Hundred and Fifty copies of this Large Paper Edition were Printed in August 1885". Published by MacMillan and Co. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh.)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive note on Keats writings. Palgrave also arranges Keats writings according to when they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthuma" (published after his death). He also includes "A drawing by the great and tender-souled Flaxman... to enable me to please myself by prefacing Keats with a design which is so much in harmony with his own art, in point of grandeur and of beauty." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 310

S#: 0001.38.0610

   
Date: 1884 Crowell

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From The Original Editions With Notes by Francis T. Palgrave, Professor of Poetry in The University of Oxford. (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York.) (Republished by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York and Boston, in 1893.)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive notes on Keats writings. Palgrave also arranges his writings in the order they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthuma" (published after his death). This American version included notes to correspond with the printing of the English version printed by MacMillan and Co., London. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.5 x 5.75

Pages: Pp 334

S#: 0001.39.0610

   
Date: 1884 Reeves & Turner

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited by Harry Buxton Forman. (Published by Reeves & Turner, 196 Strand, London, Printed by Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, Harry Buxton

Description: Where the 1883 Reeves editions comprised four volumes, this 1884 is a single volume. This volume begins with the extensive Editor’s Preface, dated December 1883. Forman writes: "The manuscripts of Endymoin, Lamia, The Eve of St. Agnes and portions of Isabella should be mentioned as especially important among a great mass of manuscripts which have been consulted... Hunt, in his admirable remarks upon The Eve of St. Agnes, points to the fainting of Porphyre at sight of Madeline as the one flaw in the poem, and apologizes for it on the score of the poet’s enfeebled state of health at the time. But I think this is rather hard on all three - poem, poet and disease. If it be so decided a fault, I fear we must acquit bodily disease of any part or lot in it, for Keats’s young people always had a way of fainting, whether conceived in his more vigorous or in his less vigorous period..." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn: etched by W. B. Scott from a Miniature in the possession of the Editor. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 651

S#: 0001.27.0610

   
Date: 1884 Paul

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Edited By William T. Arnold. (Published by Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1 Paternoster Square, London. Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross, London.)

Author: Keats, John; Arnold, William T.

Description: This edition of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" was "arranged and planned in all its essential features in 1880. Its appearance has been delayed by unforeseen causes, of which the fire at the publishing offices was the chief." This volume begins with an extensive introduction and notes on the text by William T. Arnold. He also arranges Keats’ writings in the order they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthumous Poems and Sonnets" (published after his death). The portrait prefixed to this edition is an etching by Mr. S. H. Llewellyn, after a painting by Wm. Hilton, R.A., based on a miniature by Joseph Severn. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.6 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 418

S#: 0001.49.0610

   
Date: 1884

Title: Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - February 1884 (Published by The Century Co., New York)

Author: Stedman, Edmund C.

Description: "Keats. ...young poets will chance upon one another, among millions; ‘there’s a special providence’ in their conjunction and forgathering, instinct and circumstance join hands to bring this about. The name Keats is set within a circlet of other names, - those of Clarke, Reynolds, Hunt, Charles Brown, the artist Haydon and Severn, - each of which is brighter for the fact that its owner game something f his love an help to the poet whose name outshines them all. The name itself, at first derided as uncouth, has become a portion of the loveliness which once he made more lovely; it belongs to an ideal now so consecrate that all who watched with him, if but for an hour, have some part of our affections." Includes two illustrations. "The Life-Mask of John Keats", engraved by T. Johnson, after a photograph of the life mask created by Haydon. Keats first met artist Benjamin Robert Haydon on October 31, 1816. A month after sketching a profile in November, 1816, for incorporating into a large picture he was painting entitled "Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem", he created a life mask of Keats, leaving with us nearly a photographic image of John Keats. The second is an illustration of "The Graves of Keats and Severn", drawn by Walter Severn, engraved by H. E. Babcock. Original cover price 35 cents. See additional versions.

Size: 6.75 x 9.9

Pages: Pp 599-603

S#: 0000.21.0213

   
Date: 1885 Wilson - Missal Version

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Wilson - Missal Series) (Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. Illuminated Missal Series, [Trade Mark]. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge. U.S.A.)
       University Press was established in 1639. The Press of John Wilson & Son was established in 1847. On April 15, 1879 Wilson purchased UP. "...we have purchased the right. Title and Printing Material of the long-established firm of Welch, Bigelow & Co., known as the "University Press" and that we have associated with us Mr. Charles E. Wentworth, formerly of Soule, Thomas & Wentworth, of St. Louis... With increased facilities for executing Fine Woodcut Printing..." (Ad 5/24 & 6/21/1879 The Literary World)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty-five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. "Illuminated title page, initials and borders in gold and colors. 20 full-page and other illustrations with illuminated border around each... A beautiful edition of this beautiful poem. The illuminations on every page are in the highest style of art..." Joseph McDonough (Lit. Coll, Dec 1903 p. V). Same as above two volumes with changes. Page crediting illustrator and two pages listing illustrations are deleted, but decorative borders and initials have been added. John Wilson was born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 16, 1802. He apprenticed as a printer, and in 1847 moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he established John Wilson and Son, a printing and publishing business. In 1879 he moved to Cambridge, when he purchased University Press. He past away on August 3, 1868, and his son continued operating the business. Digital and printed versions. Original 1885 price $2.00. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 40

S#: 0001.16.0510

   
Date: 1885 Estes Version Green

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Edition Green) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].) (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Elaborate gilt-stamped cover, utilizing the illustration from the title page. Gilt edges. Four cover variations: blue, green, brown and tan. Balance of volume is consistent. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8.25.

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0001.14.0510

   
Date: 1885 Estes Version Blue

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version Blue) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].) (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Elaborate gilt-stamped cover, utilizing the illustration from the title page. Gilt edges. Four cover variations: blue, green, brown and tan. Blue version larger than green. Balance of volume is consistent. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0001.56.0710

   
Date: 1885 Estes Version Tan

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version Tan) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].) (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Elaborate gilt-stamped cover, utilizing the illustration from the title page. Gilt edges. Three cover variations: green, brown and tan. Balance of volume is consistent. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.23.0713

   
Date: 1885 Nims Version Browm

Title:

The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Nims Version Brown) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. B. Nims & Company, Troy, NY. Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)
       (Note: This brown Nims version is an exact version of the Green Estes version, size, end papers, etc. Only changes is color of cover and company name on title page.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Elaborate gilt-stamped cover, utilizing the illustration from the title page. Gilt edges. Four cover variations: blue, green, brown and tan. Balance of volume is consistent. According to his obituary, Henry B. Nims was born and worked in Troy, NY his whole life. "He was one of the rapidly dwindling ‘Old Guard’ of the book trade." In 1849 he began working as a clerk in Merriam, Moore & Co., a book store and publisher in Troy. He became a partner, and in 1869 the name was H. B. Nims & Co. He passed away on April 10, 1896. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0001.61.0810

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version Alligator) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Boards are covered front & back with alligator skin, ribbon woven into front cover, gilt letters. Edges trimmed. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) First Edition. Original list price of alligator cover $2.50. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.22.0313

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version Alligator) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Boards are covered front & back with alligator skin and gilt letters. Front and back covers have two knobs with tassel ties for closure of the covers. Edges trimmed. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) First Edition. Original list price of alligator cover $2.50. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.33.1215

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version Seal) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Boards are covered front & back with seal skin, gilt letters. Edges trimmed and gilt. The December, 1885 issue of "The Literary News" indicates that these volumes were available in cloth, alligator, seal and Spanish calf. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) 6.5 x 8. First Edition. Original list price of cloth $1.50, alligator cover $2.50, seal and Spanish calf $5.00. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.35.0116

   
Date: 1885 Estes Version II

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version II)  (Padded Hard Cover) (Illustrated by . Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)  (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Cover is adaptation of the inside illustration "Down the wide stairs a darkling way they found". No other changes to this Estes version. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0001.18.1011

   
Date: 1885 Estes Version III

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version III) (Padded Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].) (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Cover is adaptation of the inside illustration "Down the wide stairs a darkling way they found". No other changes to this Estes version. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905). (Two copies) (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9.

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.09.0612, 0000.10.0712

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version IV) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty-five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Cover boards are covered in a modeled beige paper, title is foil stamped on the cover. Bottom left hand corner also foil stamped "Patent applied for". This Estes version’s cover and page size is reduced, but illustrations and text are not reduced in size. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905). (First Edition) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.25 x 8

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.14.0113

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version V Silver) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty-five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Cover boards are covered in a light beige cloth and printed paper. Decorative design and title are stamped into the cover. Title is blue, design is stamped in silver. Silver stamping was abandoned by binders in the mid 1800s because pure silver eventually would tarnish to black. In the 1880s silver stamping was achieved with a mixture of palladium and aluminum, which would not tarnish. Ribbed light beige paper is printed in four colors. Light and dark green, tan and metallic gold inks. Three edges are silver gilt. Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905). (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.75 x 6.75

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.18.0213

   
Date: 1885

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Estes Version VI Gilt) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By Estes & Lauriat (Boston). Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. The design and lettering on the cover is embossed and gilt. The design is composed of gold, green and copper gilt, the lettering is gold. The illustration of the women appears to be printed as a photogravure, green ink. All four sides are trimmed and gilt, and bound by what appears to be a form of "pipe-cleaner" wire. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publishers' Weekly 6-98, p.905) 6.5 x 8. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0000.34.0116

   
Date: 1885 Nims Version

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Nims Edition) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. B. Nims & Company, Troy, NY. Copyright, 1885. By Charles E. Wentworth. University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [USA].) (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Red cloth cover. Same as above except for cover. According to his obituary, Henry B. Nims was born and worked in Troy, NY his whole life. "He was one of the rapidly dwindling ‘Old Guard’ of the book trade." In 1849 he began working as a clerk in Merriam, Moore & Co., a book store and publisher in Troy. He became a partner, and in 1869 the name was H. B. Nims & Co. He passed away on April 10, 1896. Digital and printed versions. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.6 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0001.15.0510

   
Date: Circa 1885 Warne

Title: The Poems of John Keats, With Prefatory Memoir. (Published by Frederick Warne and Co., LTD. London and New York. Printed in Great Britain by Mackays LTD., Chatham.)

Author: Keats, John; (Warne, Frederick)

Description: "Every year, since the death of Keats, has added to the number of those who appreciate and love his poems, and every new Edition of them has been welcomed by the Public. The present one contains all the Poems published during the young poet’s life: those in the ‘Literary Remains,’ gathered together after his death by his sympathetic editor, Lord Houghton; and several taken from papers and magazines to which Keats contributed... his short life was not a happy one, and he died without knowing that he had won the laurel of immortality." His first "volume of poems, which appeared in 1817, fell unnoticed from the press... In 1820 appeared ‘Lamia, Isabella, Eve of St. Agnes and other poems". It was praised, but sold slowly. Of these poems, and of ‘Endymion,’ Lord Jeffrey, in the Edinburgh Review of August, 1820, says:- ‘We had never happened to see either of these volumes till very lately, and have been exceedingly struck with the genius they display and the spirit of poetry which breathes through all their extravagances... The ‘Eve of St. Agnes’... is unequalled for the for beauty of description... His brief, hapless life - his exquisite genius - the modesty and even bitterness of his self-given epitaph - have greatly endeared him to his countrymen, and the one name they, perhaps, hold most dear amongst the names of their national poets is that of Keats." Excerpts from the introductory Prefactory Memoir, left unnamed, but most likely Frederick Warne. He formed his publishing house in 1865. Initially he rejected Beatrix Potter’s tale of a rabbit, but in 1901 reconsidered and published "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 492

S#: 0001.40.0610

   
Date: 1885 Scott

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With an Introductory Sketch by John Hogben. The Canterbury Poets. Edited by William Sharp. (Hard Cover) (Published by Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, London. 3 East 14th Street, New York. Printed by The Walter Scott Press, Newcastle-on-Tyne.) Label pasted to spine "Poetical Works of John Keats. Edited with Prefatory Notice, by J. Hogben. Not dated, but it is dated 1885 in the Bibliography at the end of "Life of John Keats" page ii, published in 1887 by Walter Scott.

Author: Keats, John; Hogben, John

Description: This volume begins with an extensive introductory sketch by John Hogben. "The impression the subject of the sketch has made on the world is, in may ways, a deep and notable one. The high value, and the Spring-freshness of his poems; the harsh treatment he received at the hand of his inferiors; the unfulfilled, yet devouring, love for the woman of his choice; the early death in a foreign land - all serve to fill the picture of his life with tenderest light and shadow. On instinctively hushes one’s voice while speaking of Keats; and it is difficult to restrain a certain enthusiasm of generosity which might easily be spent at the expense of judgment. The top is trimmed, side and bottom untrimmed. Original list price 1 Shilling. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 5.75.

Pages: Pp 310

S#: 0009.04.0610

   
Date: 1886

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1886 Estes Large Version) (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Published By Estes & Lauriat Boston. Copyright, 1885, By Charles E. Wentworth. Hand written on one copy: "Limited to 280 copies. No. 40." Second copy text printed: Edition limited to 280 copies. No, (hand written) "126". Printed by Brennan and Wilcox.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Large paper edition. Covers are very thick (.25"), are embossed and bound in old Spanish morocco. End papers are covered in silk. Sixteen illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett were etched by Geo T. Andrew and printed on large paper, with India Proof Impressions of the Plates. Each illustration occupies a leaf by itself and the text is printed on one side of rough leaves facing the pictures. (Although not identifying Andrew, they are the same plates as the 1885 editions.) Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations. Back cover heavily embossed. Edges are trimmed and gilt. This edition was produced and was uniform with the deluxe edition of "Lenore" by Edgar Allen Poe. Both covers are exactly the same, only the title changes. Dana Estes was born in Maine on March 4, 1840. He entered the book business as a clerk in 1864, and in 1872 partnered with Charles Emelius Lauriat to form Estes & Lauriat. In 1898 the firm separated forming two companies. The publishing side became Dana Estes & Co., and the retail side became Charles E. Lauriat Co., both in Boston. (Publ Week 6-98, p.905). Original list price $10.00. Two copies. (Approximately $240 in 2012 dollars.) (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 9.75 x 12.75.

Pages: Pp 66

S#: 0001.65.0113, 0001.66.1113

   
Date: 1886

Title: Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats. By Percy Bysshe Shelley. First Printed Pisa with the types of didot in 1821 and now reprinted in exact fac-simile (See 1821 fac-simile). Edited With a Bibliographical Introduction By Thomas J. Wise. "Of this Book, Three Hundred Copies have been printed." (Shelley Society Publications. Second Series. No. 1. Published For The Shelley Society By Reeves and Turner, 196 Strand, London. Printed by Richard Clay & Sons, Bread Street Hill, London. Bungay, Suffolk. Printed on hand made light beige laid paper, watermark includes with text: "John Dickinson & Co." plus a shield design with a horn in the center and "D CO" top and bottom. Note: Tape covering spine is not part of original binding.)
       Adonais was also Published and Printed in 1891 at the Clarendon Press, Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University. Edited with Introduction and Notes by William Michael Rossetti.

Author: Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Wise, Thomas J.

Description: June the 8th, 1821, Shelley wrote to Mr. Charles Oilier, from Pisa, the following letter, which is given in the Shelley Memorials—1859—pp. 155, 156: "Dear Sir, You may announce for publication a poem entitled Adonais. It is a lament on the death of poor Keats, with some interposed stabs on the assassins of his peace and of his fame; and will be preceded by a criticism on Hyperion, asserting the due claims which that fragment gives him to the rank which I have assigned him..." In his preface Shelley writes. "The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses, was not less delicate and fragile than it was beautiful... The savage criticism of his Endymion, which appeared in the Quarterly Review, produced the most violent effect on his susceptible mind; the agitation thus originated ended in the rupture of a blood-vessel..." This later proved to be untrue. He continues "...the succeeding acknowledgments from more candid critics, of the true greatness of his powers, were ineffective to heal the wound thus wantonly inflicted. It may be well said, that these wretched men know not what they do. They scatter their insults and their slanders without heed as to whether the poisoned shaft lights on a heart made callous by many blows..." Shelley published his Elegy at Pisa, where it was "printed with the types of Didot." The original price was 3s. 6d (3 Shillings, 6 pence.) and was issued in blue paper wrappers, with woodcut and ornamental border. (See 1821 fac-simile.) Original list price Ten Shillings. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7.5 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 53

S#: 0001.46.0216

   
Date: 1886

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With an Introductory Sketch by John Hogben. The Canterbury Poets. (Hard Cover) (Published by Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, and Newcastle-on-Tyne, London. Tan cloth, gilt and black stamped design on cover and spine. Edges are trimmed and red. Red line borders each page.)

Author: Keats, John; Hogben, John

Description: This volume begins with an extensive introductory sketch by John Hogben. "The impression the subject of the sketch has made on the world is, in may ways, a deep and notable one. The high value, and the Spring-freshness of his poems; the harsh treatment he received at the hand of his inferiors; the unfulfilled, yet devouring, love for the woman of his choice; the early death in a foreign land - all serve to fill the picture of his life with tenderest light and shadow. On instinctively hushes one’s voice while speaking of Keats; and it is difficult to restrain a certain enthusiasm of generosity which might easily be spent at the expense of judgement." The plates used for this volume, were used for (0009.04), published in 1885. The only differences are the cover and title page, and the addition of the red border on each page. Original list price 1 Shilling. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 5.5

Pages: Pp 310

S#: 0001.67.1213

   
Date: 1887

Title: Among My Books. Second Series. By James Russell Lowell (Hard Cover) (Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston. 11 East Seventeenth Street, New York. Printed by Riverside Press, Cambridge. Electrotyped and Printed by Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge. Copyright 1876, By James Russell Lowell.)
       First published in 1876: Among My Books. Second Series. By James Russell Lowell, Professor of Belles-Lettres in Harvard College. (Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston. Printed by University Press: Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge. Electrotyped and Printed by Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge.)

Author: Lowell, James Russell

Description: This volume is comprises of five biographies by Harvard Professor James Russell Lowell, and include Dante, Spenser, Wordsworth, Milton and Keats. Of Keats he writes, "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other, - Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other... Keats certainly had more of the penetrative and sympathetic imagination which belongs to the poet, of that imagination which identifies itself with the momentary object of its contemplative, than any man of these later days... His imagination was his bliss and bane... in him we have an example of the renaissance going on almost under our own eyes, and that the intellectual ferment was in him kindled by a purely English leaven.... Keats had an instinct for fine words, which are in themselves pictures and ideas, and had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Sixteenth Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 327

S#: 0004.04.0710

   
Date: 1887

Title: Keats. By Sidney Colvin. Edited by John Morley. (Hard Cover) (Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square, New York.)

Author: Colvin, Sidney; Edited by Morley, John

Description: A biography and study of Keats life and work. "Science may one day ascertain the laws of distribution and descent which govern the firths of genius, but in meantime a birth like that of Keats presents to the ordinary mind a striking instance of nature's inscrutability. If we consider the other chief poets of the time, we can commonly recognize either some strain of power in their blood or some strong inspiring influence in the scenery and traditions of their home... We know not how much of Hyperion had been written when he laid it aside in January to take up the composition of St. Agnes's Eve, that unsurpassed example — nay, must we not rather call it unequalled? — of the pure charm of coloured and romantic narrative in English verse." Original list price 75 cents. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (First Edition). See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5.

Pages: Pp 229

S#: 0004.02.1011

   
Date: 1887

Title: Life of John Keats by William Michael Rossetti. (Hard Cover) (Published by Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, London. Part of the series "Great Writers")

Author: Rossetti, William Michael; Edited by Robertson, Eric S.

Description: " ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’, though it assumes a narrative form, is hardly a narrative, but rather a monody of dreamy richness, a pictured and scenic presentment, which sentiment again permeates and over-rules. I rate it far above ‘Isabella’ - and indeed above all those poems of Keats, not purely lyrical, in which human or quasi-human agents bear their part, except only the ballad ‘La BelleDame sans Merci’ and the uncompleted ‘Eve of St. Mark.’ "Hyperion’ stands aloof in lonely majesty; but I think that, in the long run, even ‘Hyperion’ represents the genius of Keats less adequately, and past question less characteristically, than ‘The Eve of St, Agnes’... The power of ‘The Eve of St, Agnes’... lies in the delicate transfusion of sight and emotion into sound; in making pictures out of words, or turning words into pictures; of giving a visionary beauty to the closest items of description; of holding all the materials of the poem in a long-drawn suspense of music and reverie... is par excellence the poem of ‘glamour’... Perhaps no reader has ever risen from ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ dissatisfied. After a while he can question the grounds of his satisfaction, and may possibly find them wanting; but he has only to peruse the poem again, and the same spell is upon him." Extensive Bibliography on the published writings of Keats, pages i-xi (end). Original list price 1 Shilling 6d. (Note: PW Keats 1888 Scott 1 Shilling) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 209 + xi

S#: 0004.03.1212

   
Date: 1887

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats, Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir by Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D. C. C., Hon. Fellow of Trin. Coll., Cambridge. (Hard Cover) (Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge. Padded leather, gilt and stamped on cover and spine. Edges are trimmed and gilt. Decorative cloth endpages have a gilt design.)

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: Editor’s Note. "The object of the chronological arrangement of this edition, and the consequent insertion of some pieces of comparatively little value, is to present a faithful self-drawn literary picture of the short and sad poetical life. Had Keats lived to maturity his claim on the larger sympathies of mankind... This volume alone contains all his works..." The volume begins with the Houghton Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." Includes a frontispiece etching of John Keats by "Andrew-Sc", adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. This volume uses the same plates Roberts used for the two volumes published in 1882, minus the red border. Only other difference in the three volumes is the cover. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.5 x 6.75 

Pages: Pp 493

S#: 0004.05.0515

   
Date: 1889 Effingham Maynard

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Published by Effingham Maynard & Co., Successors to Clark & Maynard, Publishers, 771 Broadway and 67 & 69 Ninth St., New York)

Author: Keats, John; Hales, J. W.

Description: First published in 1883 by Clark & Maynard. "But who would part with what he has left us, let the faults be what they may? No works of our literature are more truly poetical, none more completely carry one away into an ideal realm, where worldly noises come to the ear, it they reach it al all, subdued and deadened; none breathe out of them, and around them, a more bewitching atmosphere." Part of the English Classics Series (No. 40 of 78), with philological and explanatory notes by J. W. Hales, M. A., late fellow and assistant tutor of Christ’s College, Cambridge; Barrister at-law of Lincoln’s Inn; Lecturer in English literature and classical composition at King’s College, London. Purchased along with eleven others English Classic Series volumes. Third Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 27

S#: 0009.06.0411

   
Date: 1889

Title: The Poetical Works and Other Writings of John Keats. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. In Four Volumes. Reissues with Additions and Corrections. Volume I - Poetry. (Note: Volume II was also reissued with minor Additions and Corrections.) (Published by Reeves & Turner, 196 Strand, London. Printed by Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Volume I begins with the extensive Editor’s Preface, dated October 1883. Forman writes: "The manuscripts of Endymoin, Lamia, The Eve of St. Agnes and portions of Isabella should be mentioned as especially fruitful of various readings and canceled passages... Hunt, in his admirable remarks upon The Eve of St. Agnes, points to the fainting of Porphyre at sight of Madeline as the one flaw in the poem, and apologizes for it on the score of the poet’s enfeebled state of health at the time. But I think this is rather hard on all three - poem, poet and disease. If it be so decided a fault, I fear we must acquit bodily disease of any part or lot in it, for Keats’s young people always had a way of fainting, whether conceived in his more vigorous or in his less vigorous period..." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn: photo-intaglio from a Miniature in the possession of the Editor. Burial-place of Keats: etched by Arthur Evershed from a drawing by Samuel Palmer. Digital and printed version.  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 487

S#: 0009.03.0610

   
Date: 1889

Title: Selections from Keats (Published by George Routledge and Sons. Broadway, Ludgate Hill. London, Glasgow, Manchester, and New York. Printed by Ballantyne Press: Edinburgh and London.)

Author: Keats, John; Tutin, J. R.

Description: Published as part of the "Routledge Pocket Library" series. This volume begins with a "Prefatory Note". Tutin explains, "The present volume has been carefully prepared, in the case of poems published during Keats' lifetime, from the author's own text. The posthumous pieces included are edited from the best sources. It will be seen that I have included all the pieces contained in Keats' volume of 1820 entitled "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other Poems" and I have followed the author's own arrangement in the case of these pieces. The poems selected from the volume published in 1817 also follow Keats' arrangement. The posthumous pieces given are, as nearly as ascertainable, arranged in the chronological order of their composition. This little volume contains several poems not included in any other non - copyright edition."  Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 2.5 x 4

Pages: Pp 262

S#: 0009.05.0710

   
Date: 1889

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From The Original Editions With Notes by Francis T. Palgrave. (Hard Cover)  (Published by MacMillan and Co., London. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh.)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" was first published in 1884 and reprinted in 1886. It begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive notes on Keats writings. Palgrave also arranges his writings in the order they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthuma" (published after his death). He also includes "A drawing by the great and tender-souled Flaxman... to enable me to please myself by prefacing Keats with a design which is so much in harmony with his own art, in point of grandeur and of beauty." 4.2 x 6.3. Third edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 2.5 x 4

Pages: Pp 284

S#: 0009.07.0811

   
Date: 1890

Title: Modern Classics: Characteristics (Carlyle). Favorite Poems (Shelley). The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (Keats). (Hard Cover) (Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston. The Riverside Press, Cambridge.)

Author: Carlyle, Thomas; Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Keats, John

Description: Originally published in 1881. Published as part of a 34 volume set. No. 19 is divided into three parts, each numbered separately. The Eve of St. Agnes includes six illustrations by an unnamed artist. In the Houghton, Mifflin and Co. 1881 Catalogue of Books (p.118) James Russell Lowell is quoted "The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry. In him a vigorous understanding developed itself in equal measure with the divine faculty; thought emancipated itself from expression without becoming its tyrant; and music and meaning floated together, accordant as swan and shadow, on the smooth element of his verse. We recognize in Keats that indefinable newness and unexpected which we call genius." The end pages include a list of 34 volumes included in the Modern Classics. An ad in the November 22, 1890, Publisher’s Weekly, page 6, announced "A new volume of Modern Classics (No. 34)". Original list price 75 cents. 3.75 x 5.3. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (Second Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.75 x 5.3.

Pages: Pp 286

S#: 0001.09.0610

   
Date: 1890 Reeves & Turner

Title: Poetry and Prose By John Keats. A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings - Essays and Letters lately found - and Passages formerly suppressed. Edited by H. Buxton Forman. And Forming A Supplement to the Library Edition of Keats’s Works. (Published by Reeves & Turner, 196 Strand, London, Printed by Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, H Buxton

Description: "The Library Edition of Keats’s writings published in 1883 was the first serious attempt to bring together in one collection the whole works of Keats in verse and prose and all the most important collateral matter illustrating the works or throwing light upon the career of the man. Of that edition a reissue has been recently called for. In the meantime, the materials for dealing with Keats’s works have been considerably enlarged... Of The Eve of St. Agnes (Volume II, pages 71 to 105) we have now what is almost as good from critical uses as the missing holograph of the first seven stanzas..." Includes minor changes. Digital and printed versions. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 9

Pages: Pp 235

S#: 0010.01.0610

   
Date: 1891

Title: Letters of John Keats, To His Family and Friends. Edited by Sidney Colvin. (Hard Cover) (Published by MacMillan and Co., London and New York. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh. Boards covered in burgundy cloth. Title in gilt on spine. Top edge trimmed.)

Author: Keats, John; Colvin, Sidney

Description: Begins with a preface by Sidney Colvin. "The object of the present volume is to supply the want, which many readers must have felt, of a separate and convenient edition of the letters of Keats to his family and friends. He is one of those poets whose genius makes itself felt in prose -writing almost as decisively as in verse, and at their best these letters are among the most beautiful in our language. Portions of them lent an especial charm to a book charming at any rate the biography of the poet first published more than forty years ago by Lord Houghton. But the correspondence as given by Lord Houghton is neither accurate nor complete..." (Second Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.8 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 377

S#: 0011.09.0114

   
Date: 1891

Title: Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats. Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett (Hard Cover) (Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett)

Author: Keats, John

Description: In 1820, The Eve of St. Agnes was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 The Eve of St. Agnes was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version includes the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in The Eve of St. Agnes, but did not appear in the earlier edition. Hard Cover. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.8 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 113

S#: 0011.02.0710

   
Date: 1891

Title: Imagination and Fancy: or Selections From the English Poets (Published as "A New Edition" in 1891 by Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, London. Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square, London.) (First published in 1845 by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York. Printed by R. Craighead’s Power Press, 112 Fulton Street. Stereotyped by T. B. Smith, 216 William Street.) (Also published as "New Edition, Complete in one volume" in 1848 by George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, New York.)

Author: Hunt, Leigh; Keats, John

Description: Hunt begins this volume with an essay "An Answer to the Question What is Poetry!" He includes selections from Spenser; Marlowe; Shakspeare; Ben Johnson; Beaumont and Fletcher; Middleton, Decker and Webster; Milton; Coleridge; Shelley; and Keats. This includes "The Eve of St. Agnes" and Hunts Essay, first published in "The Seer" 1840, but with modifications. Where his comments were interspersed within Agnus in 1840, the poem in totality comes first, then Hunts essay with minor modifications. He introduces the section on Keats with a biography, and who better to write this then this close supporter, colleague and friend. He writes "Keats was born a poet... Repeated editions of him in England, France, and America, attest its triumphant survival of all obloquy; and there can be no doubt that he has taken a permanent station among British Poets, of a very high, if not thoroughly mature, description. ...the Eve of Saint Agnes still appears to me the most delightful and complete specimen of his genius... It is young, but full-grown poetry of the rarest description; graceful as the beardless Apollo; glowing and gorgeous with the colours of romance. ...all good things tend to pleasure in the recollection; when the bitterness of their loss is past, their own sweetness embalms them. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.’" Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.4 x 7.1

Pages: Pp 341

S#: 0011.03.0510

   
Date: 1892 Bell

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir, By Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D.C.L., Hon. Fellow of Trin. Coll. Cambridge. (Published by George Bell & Sons, York St., Covent Gardens, London, and New York. Printed by Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.) 1st Aldine Edition. November 1876. Reprinted. March 1879. March 1882. June 1883. June 1886. August 1890. March 1891. August 1892.

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton

Description: Editor’s Note. "The object of the chronological arrangement of this edition, and the consequent insertion of some pieces of comparatively little value, is to present a faithful self-drawn literary picture of the short and sad poetical life. Had Keats lived to maturity his claim on the larger sympathies of mankind... This volume alone contains all his works..." The volume begins with the Houghton Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." Includes an etching of John Keats by C.H. Jeens, adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. Hard cover. (Eighth Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 7

Pages: Pp 493

S#: 0013.01.0810

   
Date: 1892

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From The Original Editions With Notes by Francis T. Palgrave. (Published by MacMillan and Co., London and New York. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh. This edition published as part of the Golden Treasury Series)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" was first published in 1884. Contents were added in 1885 and reprinted in 1886, 1889 and 1892. It begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive notes on Keats writings. Palgrave also arranges his writings in the order they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthuma" (published after his death). He also includes "A drawing by the great and tender-souled Flaxman... to enable me to please myself by prefacing Keats with a design which is so much in harmony with his own art, in point of grandeur and of beauty." Illustration on title page etched by G. J. Stodart. Pages are trimmed top and bottom, left untrimmed on the side. (Fifth edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.2 x 6.3.

Pages: Pp 284

S#: 0013.04.0712

   
Date: 1893

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes and Sonnets (Hard Cover) (Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London. Electrotyped, Printed, and Bound by The Knickerbocker Press, New York)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Part of the Literary Gems, Fifth Series. Series I. To V. Comprise 30 volumes. "A series of productions, complete in small compass, which have been accepted as classics of their kind, and which are entitled to the most attractive form that can be given to them. Each ‘Gem’ is presented in a separate volume, tastefully printed in 32mo, and attractively bound in full morocco, gilt top, with a frontispiece in photogravure. Price, per volume, in box, 75 cts. Top and bottom trimmed, sides uncut. Photogravure of Keats from an illustration by Joseph Severn, 2.25 x 2.8. Original list price 75c. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.25 x 4.75

Pages: Pp 84

S#: 0013.09.0214

   
Date: 1893

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From The Original Editions With Notes by Francis T. Palgrave, Professor of Poetry in The University of Oxford. (Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York and Boston)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: First printed in 1884. This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive notes on Keats writings and an Index to first lines. Palgrave also arranges his writings in the order they were published; 1817, 1818, 1820 and "Posthuma" (published after his death). The cover has a light beige cloth stamped with a gilt design. The paper is a stippled paper, printed with three inks, light pink, light green and a metallic gold. This volume was owned by James Robinson Smith, and includes his book plate. Smith (1876-1954) graduated from Yale, and graduate work at Yale and Harvard. He was also a poet and translated Don Quixote and The Earliest Lives of Dante. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6

Pages: Pp 298

S#: 0013.05.1012

   
Date: Circa 1894

Title: Cullings From Keats (Soft Cover) (Published by A. W. Carter, Newtonville, Mass.)

Author: Keats, John; Colvin, Sidney

Description: Part of the six volume "Choice Bits Series." Hand decorated with seven colors (dark and light green, yellow, white, black, gray and gold) on dark green covers. Bound with a string. Begins with a one page introduction by Sidney Colvin "Life of Keats." Includes short portions from many of Keats poems. "What other poet has compressed into a single line so much of the true life and charm of flowers, of their power to minister to the spirit of man through all his senses at once? It remains to glance at the influence exercised by Keats on the poets who have come after him..." Original list price 50c. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 5.4

Pages: Pp 26

S#: 0016.03.0115

   
Date: 1895

Title: The Poems of John Keats. The Penny Poets - XIX, The Masterpiece Library (Published by The Review of Reviews, London. Published for the Proprietor by Horace Marshall & Son, London. Printed by William Clowes and Sons)

Author: Keats, John; Edited by Stead, W.T.

Description: "Keats lived for twenty-five years among mortal men. This month, seventy-five years after his death, we are celebrating the centenary of his birth as that of one of the Immortals. Few of the men who were born a hundred years ago are held in such grateful remembrance as this consumptive youth, to whom there was allotted so brief a span of years. Yet Keats has never become a popular poet, as Byron was, Scott is, and as Shakespeare has been, is, and ever will be... Keats was the poet of Beauty. He was a Greek, said Shelley; and Mr. Colvin declares he was the most Shakespearian Spirit that has lived since Shakespeare." Although not dated, Stead refers to "celebrating the centenary of his birth". Keats was born on October 31, 1795, which would indicate a publishing date of 1895. In an article published in "The Review of Reviews", Oct 15, 1895, "The Penny Poets", page 359, Stead reports "The Keats number has been issued in connection with the Keats’ Centenary. An update in the November 1895 issue reports, "The next in order of publication will be No. 25 and No. 26, Keats being No. 19. An ad in the Nov 7, 1896 issue of Publisher’s Circular offers all 51 volumes. Includes: Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, La Belle, Lamia, Hyperion, five Odes, three Sonnets and Endymion. Original list price One Penny. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7

Pages: Pp 60

S#: 0018.28.0113

   
Date: 1895 Crowell Deluxe Edition

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. Complete Edition. Tan Cover (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America)

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: (Deluxe Edition, edges gilt three sides.) In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition is identical to 1895 Astor and Gladstone editions. It includes the extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Hard Cover. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.21.1010

   
Date: 1895 Crowell Astor Edition

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. Complete Edition. (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America)
       Note: First Version. This version is virtually identical to the second Crowell edition. Title, title page and portrait changed.

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: (Astor Edition embossed on front cover.) In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition is identical to 1895 and Gladstone editions. It includes the extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats. 5 x 7.25. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.06.0610, 0018.27.0912

   
Date: 1895 Crowell Gladstone Edition

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. Complete Edition. (Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York and Boston. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.)

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: Published as part of the Gladstone Edition of Poets Series. Virtually the same edition as the 1895 and Astor, with slight change to title page. This 1895 edition includes the extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats. Hard Cover. First Edition. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.11.0710

   
Date: 1895

Title: The Gladstone Edition of Poets (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York)

Author: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.

Description: Brochure for The Gladstone Edition of Poets Series includes "The Poetical Works of John Keats". "A new line of standard poets, well printed on good paper, from clear type, with frontispieces and specially designed title pages. Strongly and beautifully bound in cloth, with neat design, gilt top. Per vol., $0.75. Also published in Half Calf, Gilt Top, Full gilt back, marble paper sides. Per vol., $1.75."

Size: 3.5 x 5.75

Pages: Pp 4

S#: 0018.12.0710

   
Date: 1895

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. Complete Edition. Burgundy Cover Hard Cover. (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.)

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition includes a new extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats. Hard Cover. (First Edition) Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes".  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.1 x 7.9

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.24.1011

   
Date: 1895 Crowell

Title: The Complete Poetical Works of John Keats with Notes and Appendices by H. Buxton Forman. (Deluxe Leather Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America)
       Note: Second Version. This version is virtually identical to the first Crowell edition. Title "Complete...", title page and portrait changed. Deluxe leather cover.

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition includes a new extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a Miniature. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.7 x 7. 

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.08.0710

   
Date: 1895

Title: The Complete Poetical Works of John Keats with Notes and Appendices by H. Buxton Forman. (Deluxe Leather and Green Cloth Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America)

Note: This version is identical to the Crowell edition #0018.08. The cover and portrait are the only changes. Deluxe leather and cloth cover.

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition includes a new extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a Miniature. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: Deluxe Leather and Cloth Hard Cover 4.7 x 7.

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.25.0112

   
Date: 1895

Title: The Complete Poetical Works of John Keats with Notes and Appendices by H. Buxton Forman. (Deluxe Leather Hard Cover, design stamped in leather. Tree with fruit, within a border, title gilt.) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America) Note: This version is identical to the Crowell editions (0018.08) & (0018.25) Title "Complete...", the cover and portrait (of one) are the only changes.

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition includes a new extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a Miniature. Same illustration as (0018.08). 4.75 x 7.25. (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0018.37.0714

   
Date: 1895 Crowell

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited with Notes and Appendices By H. Buxton Forman. Vol. I and Vol. II. (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, New York: 46 East 14th Street. Boston: 100 Purchase Street. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed by Rockwell and Churchill, Boston.)
       Note: Third Version. This two volume version is virtually identical to the first and second Crowell editions, but in two volumes. Vol. I, pages 1-311, Vol. II, pages 313-661. Title page and illustrations changed.

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: In 1883 Reeves first published a four volume set of Keats complete poetical works which included and extensive preface by Forman. In 1884 Reeves condensed the set into a single volume which included Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface. In 1889 the four volume set was republished with minor revisions. In 1890 the single 1884 volume was reissued as "Prose and Poetry, A Book of Fresh Verses and New Readings". In 1895 Crowell published three separate versions of the "Works of Keats". This 1895 edition includes a new extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Volume I, pages 1-311: Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a Miniature., One illustration by Samual Palmer and five by E. H. Garrett. Also includes Table of Contents. Volume II, pages 313-661: Includes one illustration by William Hilton, two by Joseph Severn, one of which is Keats on his death bed, and one by Monsieur Edouart and five Masks of Keats. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Hard Cover. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.9

Pages: V I: Pp 1-311; V II: Pp 313-661

S#: 0018.09.0710, 0018.10.0710

   
Date: 1895

Title: John Keats. A Critical Essay. By Robert Bridges. (Privately Printed, 1895. Two Hundred and Fifty Copies printed.)

Author: Bridges, Robert

Description: An extensive essay on the writings of John Keats. Bridges writes, "The Eve of St. Agnes... is much more powerful. It is well done throughout, and except for some expressions, criticism could only quarrel with the machinery of the story... The Eve of St. Agnes is not only a passionate tale, but it is very rich in the kind of beauty characteristic of Keats, and contains high poetry both of diction and felling: the majority of readers would not wish it different from what it is... Had Keats left us only his Odes, his rank among the poets would not be lower that it is, for they have stood apart in literature... Keats’ vocabulary, to judge by the impression that one gets from reading his poems, is rich, and his use of quite a large number of words that are not commonly found must be reckoned among the factors of his style... the very seal of his poetry, that which sets poetry above the other arts; I mean the power of concentrating all the far-reaching resources of language on one point, so that a single and apparently effortless expression rejoices the aesthetic imagination at the moment when it is most expectant and exacting, and at the same time astonishes the intellect with a new aspect of truth. This is only found in the greatest of poets, and is rare in them; and it is no doubt for the possession of this power that Keats has been often likened to Shakespeare." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.5 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 97

S#: 0018.07.0710

   
Date: 1895 Lippincott

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given From His Own Editions and Other Authentic Sources and Collated With Many Manuscripts. Edited by H. Buxton Forman. Third Edition. Augmented and Corrected in Three Volumes. Vol. I-III. (Published by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. Copyright, 1894 By J. B. Lippincott Company. Printed by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, U. S. A.)

Author: Keats; Dole; Forman, H. Buxton

Description: This three volume set includes Forman’s extensive Editor’s Preface dated December 1883 with a Postscript dated January 1889. Forman writes: "The manuscripts of Endymoin, Lamia, The Eve of St. Agnes and portions of Isabella should be mentioned as especially fruitful of various readings and canceled passages... Hunt, in his admirable remarks upon The Eve of St. Agnes, points to the fainting of Porphyre at sight of Madeline as the one flaw in the poem, and apologizes for it on the score of the poet’s enfeebled state of health at the time. But I think this is rather hard on all three - poem, poet and disease. If it be so decided a fault, I fear we must acquit bodily disease of any part or lot in it, for Keats’s young people always had a way of fainting, whether conceived in his more vigorous or in his less vigorous period..." Volume one includes one portrait of Keats and five additional halftone illustrations. Volume two includes seven halftone illustrations. Volume three includes three halftone illustrations. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Hard Cover. (Third Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 1-199;  Pp 200-420;  Pp 421-597

S#: 0018.13.0810, 0018.14.0810, 0018.15.0810

   
Date: 1895

Publication: The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - October 1895 (Published by The Century Co., New York)

Author: West, Kenyon Author: van Dyke, Henry
   
Description: "Keats in Hampstead. The 29th of October, 1895, marks the centenary of the birth of John Keats, and affords a fitting occasion for lovers of his poetry to pay tribute to his fame... Every student of Keats associated Hampstead with him even more than the place of his birth, or the distant city where he found a quiet grave... Hunt spoke of Keats, ‘A few years more, after I am gone, people all over England will be speaking of Keats, and doing homage to his rare intellectual qualities. They will acknowledge that I was right in my prophecy, published some time ago, that he was a true man of genius as these latter times have seen, one of those who are to genuine and original to be properly appreciated at first, but whose time for applause will infallibly arrive with the many.’ And then Hunt would relapse into silence, his eyes gazing into the distance, as though he saw unutterable visions." Includes two photographs, seven illustrations, one of which is after the Life Mask of John Keats, and three facsimiles of letters written by Keats." See additional versions. Description: "The Influence of Keats... We can trace the influence of Keats not merely in the conscious or unconscious imitations of his manner, like those which are so evident in the early poems of Tennyson and Proctor, in Hood’s ‘Plea of the Midsummer Fairies’... in Rosetti’s ‘Ballads and Sonnets,’ and William Morris’s ‘Earthly Paradise,’ but also in the youthful spirit of delight in the retelling of old tales of mythology and chivalry; in the quickened sense of pleasure in the luxuriance and abundance of natural beauty; in the freedom of overflowing cadences transmitting ancient forms of verse into new and flexible measures... Indeed we shall fail to do justice to the influence of Keats unless we recognize also that it has produced direct and distinct effects in the art of painting. The English Preraphaelites owed much to his inspiration. Holman Hunt found two of his earliest subjects from pictures in ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ and..." See additional versions.
   
Size: 6.5 x 9.5 Size: 6.5 x 9.5
   
Pages: Pp 898-910 Pages: Pp 910-914
   
S#: 0018.22.0811 S#: 0018.23.0811
   
Date: 1896

Title: Essays in Criticism. The Study of Poetry. John Keats; Wordsworth. Edited by Susan S. Sheridan. Hillouse High School, New Haven, Conn. The Academy Series of English Classics. (Published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston and Chicago. Copyright, 1896, By Susan S. Sheridan. Printed by Norwood Press. J.A. Cushing & Co. - Berwick & Smith, Norwood, Mass. U.S.A.)

Author: Arnold, Matthew; Edited by Sheridan, Susan S.

Description: In Arnold’s extensive essay on Keats he writes, "We who believe Keats to have been by his promise, at any rate, if not fully by his performance, one of the very greatest of English poets... Keats was a great spirit, and counts for far more than many even of his admirers suppose... No one else in English poetry, save Shakespeare, has in expression quite the fascinating felicity of Keats, his perfection of loveliness." Sheridan also includes excerpts from "Keats. Significant Facts in the Life of Keats." (From Masson’s Essay on Keats.) "We can hardly be wrong in believing that, had Keats lived to the ordinary age of man, he would have been one of the greatest of our poets." Hard Cover. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7

Pages: Pp 101

S#: 0022.03.0312

   
Date: 1896

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Published on a hand press by Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois)

Author: Keats, John, with an appreciation by Leigh Hunt

Description: This is the only volume solely of "The Eve of St. Agnes" that included Leigh Hunts essay. “Printed on a hand press by William H. Winslow & Chauncey L. Williams (both were Wright neighbors and clients), for pleasure and their friends, at The Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois; and finished the 19th day of December 1896. This copy is number 14 of an edition of sixty five copies, printed on hand-made paper. The title page of this little book is from a design especially made for it by Frank L. Wright.”  Title page published in: “FLW Graphic Artist” 2002, Fowler, page 16. “FLW & The Book Arts”, 1993, Hamilton, page 44. “FLW Retrospective”, 1991, page 227; “The Decorative Designes of FLW”, 1979, Hanks, page 171;  "FLW An Annotated Bibliography", 1977, Sweeney, plate 1. Printer’s device published in “FLW Graphic Artist” 2002, Fowler, page 15;  “FLW & The Book Arts” 1993, Hamilton, page 48. (First Edition) (Sweeney 22)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 27

S#: 0022.00.1106

   
Date: Circa 1896 (Caldwell Version)

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Circa 1896 Caldwell Version)  (Hard Cover) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. M. Caldwell Co. (New York, Boston). (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Exactly like the Estes version, but the page with the copyright and date has been deleted. Cloth and gilt-stamped cover with floral illustration on the cover. Printed on heavy paper (card stock). Some references to this version being printed in 1890. On April 11, 1896 Herbert M. Caldwell ran a full page ad in the Publishers’ Weekly and announced the organization of H.M. Caldwell Co. to publish books. "The catalogue to be issued will include more than a thousand titles." 9 and 11 East 16th St., New York. (PW 1896 p.645). He also opened an office in Boston. Company was possibly a subsidiary of Estes & Lauriat (John W. Tebbel). H.M. Caldwell Co. New York and Boston, 1896-1914. First Caldwell edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0022.01.0510

   
Date: Circa 1896 (Caldwell Version II)

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1896 Caldwell Version II) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. M. Caldwell Co. (New York, Boston). (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations. Note: Only change to this Version II is illustration pasted on the cover, and front and back end pages (paper which half is pasted to the inside covers of the book, and the other half is trimmed to form the first leaf in the book.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Exactly like the Estes version, but the page with the copyright and date has been deleted. Cloth and gilt-stamped cover with floral and farm illustration on the cover. Printed on heavy paper (card stock). Some references to this version being printed in 1890. On April 11, 1896 Herbert M. Caldwell ran a full page ad in the Publishers’ Weekly and announced the organization of H.M. Caldwell Co. to publish books. "The catalogue to be issued will include more than a thousand titles." 9 and 11 East 16th St., New York. (PW 1896 p.645). He also opened an office in Boston. Possibly as a subsidiary of Estes & Lauriat. (John W. Tebbel ). H.M. Caldwell Co. New York and Boston, 1896-1914. First Caldwell edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0022.06.0810

   
Date: Circa 1896 (Caldwell Version III)

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1896 Caldwell Version III) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. M. Caldwell Co. (New York, Boston). (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations. Note: Only change to this Version III is the red cloth and illustration pasted on the cover and the front and back end pages which are blank.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Exactly like the Estes version, but the page with the copyright and date has been deleted. Red cloth and gilt-stamped cover with Christmas holly illustration with a printed silver background on the cover. Printed on heavy paper (card stock). Some references to this version being printed in 1890. On April 11, 1896 Herbert M. Caldwell ran a full page ad in the Publishers’ Weekly and announced the organization of H.M. Caldwell Co. to publish books. "The catalogue to be issued will include more than a thousand titles." 9 and 11 East 16th St., New York. (PW 1896 p.645). He also opened an office in Boston. Possibly as a subsidiary of Estes & Lauriat. (John W. Tebbel). H.M. Caldwell Co. New York and Boston, 1896-1914. First Caldwell edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0022.41.0914

   
Date: C 1896 (Caldwell Version IV)

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (1896 Caldwell Version IV) (Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. Under The Supervision of Geo T. Andrew. Published By H. M. Caldwell Co. (New York, Boston). (Geo T. Andrew was an artisan who worked on many books during this time period. Lacking a photographic process, the illustrations were engraved on wood by hand, creating exquisite reproductions of the original illustrations. Note: Only change to this Version IV is the cloth and illustration pasted cover and front and back End Paper.

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published with twenty five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. Exactly like the Estes version, but the page with the copyright and date has been deleted. White cloth and gilt-stamped cover with floral illustration. Illustration is not printed in standard four color process. There appears to be at least 16 or more plates, yellow, olive, light, medium and dark green, brown, light and dark pink, orange, red and dark red, light and dark purple, light and medium blue, and grey. Printed on heavy paper (card stock). Some references to this version being printed in 1890. On April 11, 1896 Herbert M. Caldwell ran a full page ad in the Publishers’ Weekly and announced the organization of H.M. Caldwell Co. to publish books. "The catalogue to be issued will include more than a thousand titles." 9 and 11 East 16th St., New York. (PW 1896 p.645). He also opened an office in Boston. Possibly as a subsidiary of Estes & Lauriat. (John W. Tebbel ). H.M. Caldwell Co. New York and Boston, 1896-1914. First Caldwell edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 7 x 8.9

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0022.48.1215

   
Date: 1896

Title: The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language. Selected and Arranged with notes by Francis Turner Palgrave, Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford. (Hard Cover) (Published by MacMillan and Co., Ltd. London and New York. Printed by Richard Cly and Sons, Limited, London and Bungay. Boards are covered in blue cloth. Design stamped and gilt on cover.)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This edition published as part of the Golden Treasury Series. First published in 1861, reprinted 23 times. Second edition 1891, reprinted three times, this is the third. A compilation of over 80 poets, Keats being included. Although The Eve of St. Agnes is not included, a number of Keats other poems are included. It begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1861. Boards cover in blue cloth, design and text gilt. Top and bottom trimmed, sides uncut. (Second edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.5.

Pages: Pp 381

S#: 0022.42.1213

   
Date: 1896/1908

Title: John Keats. The Apothecary Poet. By William Osler, M.D. (Read at the John Hopkins Hospital Club, October 29, 1895. Published in the John Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, Volume VII, No. 58, January, 1896.)
       (Reprinted here in An Alabama Student and Other Biographical Essays. By William Osler, M.D. Published by Oxford University Press Canadian Branch. Toronto, London. 1908)

Author: Osler, William

Description: Osler writes, "When all the circumstances are taken into account, the English Parnassus affords no parallel to the career of Keats... In June, 1820, appeared Keats's third work, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems, which placed him in the first rank of English writers... All lovers of poetry cherish Keats's memory for the splendour of the verse with which he has enriched our literature. There is also that deep pathos in a life cut off in the promise of such rich fruit. He is numbered among ‘the inheritors of unfulfilled renown’, with Catullus and Marlowe, with Chatterton and Shelley, whom we mourn as doubly dead in that they died so young." Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.9 x 8.2

Pages: Pp 37-54

S#: 0022.04.0710

   
Date: 1896

Title: Poems by John Keats, Edited, With Introduction and Notes by Arlo Bates (Hard Cover) (Published as part of the Atbenaeum Press Series, by Ginn & Company, Boston, New York, Chicago, London)

Author: Keats, John; Bates, Arlo

Description: Bates writes "He continued in failing health through the spring, sometimes better and sometimes worse, unable to do any work beyond the revising of his last volume of poems for the press. This appears in the summer of 1820. It was called, ‘Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems’. The fragment of ‘Hyperion’ was included at the request of the publishers. The reviews of this volume were respectful, and in many cases even enthusiastic. Jeffrey praised it in the Edinburgh Review, and poor Keats, in poverty, despairing and dying, began to be recognized as a man of genius.” Frontispiece is a portrait of John Keats after Hilton’s chalk drawing, engraved by Oscar Edward Grosch. Sighed in the bottom right hand corner by O. Grosch. Original list price $1.00. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.8 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 302

S#: 0022.02.0313

   
Date: 1897

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes, Dramatic Ballad. From the Poem by Keats. Composed for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra. By Thomas Whitney Surette. Novello’s Original Octavo Edition. (Published by Novello, Ewer and Co. London & New York. Copyright, 1897, by Novello, Ewer and Co.)

Author: Keats, John; Surette, Thomas Whitney

Description: To commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of John Keats’ birth (1895) Surette composed a ballad of the much loved "The Eve of St. Agnes" which was "received with genuine enthusiasm". "Mr. Surette’s new dramatic ballad, founded on Keats’s well-known poem, had its first performance on February 27, in the Musical Fund Hall, Philadelphia, under the direction of the composer. There was a large audience which completely filled the hall, and the work was received with genuine enthusiasm... Mr. Surette’s composition is highly descriptive and interesting, being distinctly modern, yet very melodious and rich in orchestral effects, which reflect the magic warmth of the poem most vividly... ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ should ensure its attractiveness to choral societies." Review published in Musical Times, April 1, 1898, p264. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 6.75 x 10

Pages: Pp 63

S#: 0022.05.0710

   
Date: 1898

Title: The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia (Plate Only) (Published by Dictionary and Cyclopedia Co., New York and Chicago) Also published in: The Imperial Reference Library (Published by Syndicate Publishing Company. Philadelphia. 1898 in six volumes.)

Description: "John Keats, 1796-1820." Engraving of John Keats after Hilton’s chalk drawing. This plate is from volume 14 of the 18 volume set. Signed in the bottom right hand corner by O. Grosch. Oscar Edward Grosch (1863-1928) was an American artist, painter and engraver who emigrated with his wife to Staten Island, NY from Germany in 1889. His work is held by the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum. Keats is facing to the left, white shirt collar, wearing a coat with a full fur collar. Very similar view to the engraving by F. Croll (Parson p97), but with a full fur collar and dark background. (First Edition)

Size: 8 x 11.1

Pages: 1 Plate

S#: 0032.10.0113

   
Date: 1898

Title: The International Library of Famous Literature. Selections from the World's Great Writers, Ancient, Medieval and Modern, with Biographical and Explanatory Notes and with Introductions by Donald G. Mitchell and Andrew Lang. Compiled and arranged by Nathan Haskell Dole, Forrest Morgan and Caroline Ticknor. In Twenty Volumes. Volume XIV (Published by Merrill and Baker Publishers, New York. Copyright 1898.)

Description: Portrait of John Keats. This monumental twenty volume set was published by Merrill and Baker in 1898. The set included over 500 full page illustrations, one of which was this portrait of John Keats in volume 14. The artist not identified, possibly by P. Kramer after Hilton’s chalk drawing. In 1819 or 1820, William Hilton drew a chalk drawing, of John Keats, sketched from life. Hilton was a close friend of Keats publisher John Taylor. Hilton’s chalk drawing was lost, but not before Charles Wass engraved it for the frontispiece of "The Poetical Works of John Keats", 1941, published by Taylor and Walton. It was engraved and elaborated upon by F. Croll {Parson p97}, and by P. Kramer in 1913 (Parson p98). This unidentified illustration is very similar to, and possibly by P. Kramer. Printed with a halftone dot pattern at the Norwood Press, J. S. Cushing & Co., Berwick & Smith, Norwood Mass U.S.A. (Purchased as a detached sheet from a disassembled volume.) (First Edition)

Size: 6.5 x 9.3

Pages: Pg 6519

S#: 0032.09.0113

   
Date: 1898

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Given from his own editions and other authentic sources and collated with many manuscripts. Edited by H. Buxton Forman. With seven portraits and ten other illustrations. (Hard Cover, rebound as a detur (gift) by Harvard University) (Published For Reeves and Turner by Gibbings and Company, Bloomsbury. Printed at Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chauncery Lane)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, Harry Buxton

Description: Sixth Edition. The first, second and third editions were printed in 1883, 1884 and 1889. The four and fifth in 1895 and 1896. Forman writes: "The manuscripts of Endymoin, Lamia, The Eve of St. Agnes and portions of Isabella should be mentioned as especially fruitful of various readings and canceled passages... Hunt, in his admirable remarks upon The Eve of St. Agnes, points to the fainting of Porphyre at sight of Madeline as the one flaw in the poem, and apologizes for it on the score of the poet’s enfeebled state of health at the time. But I think this is rather hard on all three - poem, poet and disease. If it be so decided a fault, I fear we must acquit bodily disease of any part or lot in it, for Keats’s young people always had a way of fainting, whether conceived in his more vigorous or in his less vigorous period..." Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn, etched by W. B. Scott from a Miniature in the possession of the Editor. (Etching is imprinted with the edge of metal plate.) Detur Bookplate. Deturs are the oldest prizes at Harvard, dating from 1712, and still awarded today. Students awarded these annual prizes for meritorious work in their courses, are given a book, specially bound and bearing the Harvard seal (front cover) and the coat of arms of Edward Hopkins (back cover). Hopkins was a London merchant who immigrated to Massachusetts in 1637 and made the bequest, setting up a foundation, through which the prizes were established. (Sixth Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 597

S#: 0032.11.0113

   
Date: Circa 189x

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Tan Suede Cover) (Published by Henry Frowde, London. Printed by Horace Hart, Oxford, Printer to the University.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Stamped tan suede cover, letters are gilt. Gilt letters repeated on the spine. Pages are trimmed three sides. Color portrait of Keats on frontispiece. Front end paper lining is a color illustration entitled "Isabella or the Pot of Basil" by M. Jameson. Back end paper lining is a color illustration entitled "The Eve of St. Agnes" by M. Jameson. This miniature is undated. Information is scarce concerning the printing of this edition. WorldCat dates this volume 18xx. Henry Frowde became manager of the Oxford University Press in 1880, and retired in 1913. Horace Hart was appointed as Controller of the Oxford University Press in 1884 and worked there until his death in 1915. Little can be found about Jameson. There was an artist M. Jameson born in 1861. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 2.75 x 3.9

Pages: Pp 42

S#: 0032.06.1211

   
Date: 1899

Title: Endymion And Other Poems (Version 1) (Hard Cover) (Published by Henry Altemus, Philadelphia. The cover is imprinted with a gold gilt design, and printed with purple, red and light green on a wood veneer. The spine is a dark green cloth, gilt lettering and floral design. The back cover is covered in wood veneer.)

Author: Keats, John; Morley, Henry

Description: Includes The Eve of St. Agnes. Begins with an introductory biographic sketch by H. M. (Henry Morley). Henry Morley (1822-1894) was a writer, Professor of English Literature and a close friend of Charles Dickens. "The Eve of St. Agnes, written in 1819, would suffer by the loss or change of any word in it." In addition to Endymion, poems include: .The Eve of St. Agnes, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to Psyche, Fancy and Ode. Upon his father’s death, Henry Altemus (1842-1936) took over his father’s book binding and publishing business, Altemus & Co. By the 1880s they were producing as many as 5,000 books, bibles and elaborate photographic albums per day. The company name evolved into Henry Altemus. In 1899, this was published as part of the Marqueterie Series, nearly 250 titles utilizing the same cover design. They were promoted as Japanese inlaid veneer bindings in gold and various colors. The Frontispiece is a portrait of John Keats printed in four colors, light and medium grey, and black imprinted on a solid "varnished" background. The engraving is signed "Lister" (?). Title page is two color. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 192

S#: 0032.08.1112

   
Date: 1899

Title: Endymion And Other Poems (Version 2) (Hard Cover) (Published by Henry Altemus, Philadelphia. Boards are covered in cloth and paper. Cloth and spine are stamped with a floral design, printed in white and green, and gilt. Paper is printed with a floral design in magenta (red), light and dark blue, yellow (or green) and gilt on a stippled paper.)

Author: Keats, John; Morley, Henry

Description: Includes The Eve of St. Agnes. Begins with an introductory biographic sketch by H. M. (Henry Morley). Henry Morley (1822-1894) was a writer, Professor of English Literature and a close friend of Charles Dickens. "The Eve of St. Agnes, written in 1819, would suffer by the loss or change of any word in it." In addition to Endymion, poems include: .The Eve of St. Agnes, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to Psyche, Fancy and Ode. Upon his father’s death, Henry Altemus (1842-1936) took over his father’s book binding and publishing business, Altemus & Co. By the 1880s they were producing as many as 5,000 books, bibles and elaborate photographic albums per day. The company name evolved into Henry Altemus. Published as part of the Marqueterie Series, nearly 250 volumes utilizing the same cover design in 1899. They were promoted as Japanese inlaid veneer bindings in gold and various colors. The Frontispiece is a portrait of John Keats printed in four colors, light and medium grey, and black imprinted on a solid "varnished" background. The engraving is signed "Lister" (?). Title page is two color. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 192

S#: 0036.05.0813

   
Date: 1899

Title: Essays In Literary Interpretation (Hard Cover) (Published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York. Printed by John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U. S. A. Boards bound in green cloth, cover and spine test and border in gilt. Top edge trimmed and gilt, other edges untrimmed.)

Author: Mabie, Hamilton Wright

Description: Originally published in 1892 and then again in 1893. "...It is enough that, except Shakespeare, no English poet has found such colour in our speech, has made it linger in the ear in phrase so rich and full. This magical note, heard only in the greatest poetry, is heard in Keats, - the evidence alike of the rare quality of his genius and its depth and power." (P.174) "The critical work of Mr. Hamilton W. Mabie is of that high and inspiring quality which recalls Matthew Arnold's saying that criticism and creation are not exclusive terms in literature. Mr. Mabie's new volume is entitled "Essays in Literary Interpretation" and contains of Dante Gabrie Rossetti, Browning, Keats and Dante, besides essays upon the principles underlying modern criticism and literature. No one has a deeper truer or more sympathetic sense of the close relation of literature to life than Mr. Mabie, and he is in full touch with the spirit of our day without being a slave to it. His own books, we believe, like those of which he loves to write, are born not in the intellect, but in experience." "The Review of Reviews," December 1892, p.624. Chapter 6: "John Keats: Poet and Man," pp. 138-174. Original list price $1.25. (Third Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 222

S#: 0036.07.0115

   
Date: 1899

Title: The Complete Poetical Works And Letters of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco. Printed by the Riverside Press, Cambridge. Boards covered in green cloth. Design stamped on cover. Title in gilt on spine.)

Author: Keats, John; Scudder, Horace E.

Description: Part of The Cambridge Poets, Student’s Cambridge Edition. Begins with a biographical sketch by Scudder. "...he wrote that great group of poems which begins with The Eve of St. Agnes and closed with Lamia. If one takes as in some respects the high-water mark of his genius the mystic ‘La Belle Dame sans merci,’ it is not perhaps too speculative a judgement which sees the keenest anguish of a passionate soul transmuted into terms of impersonal poesy. There is no hectic flush about the poetry of this half year, but an increasing firmness of touch and rich, yet reserved imagination." Frontispiece is a photogravure of John Keats by John Andrew and Son from a painting made by Joseph Severn in his old age after the picture painted by him in his youth, plus a facsimile signature of John Keats. Original list price $2.00. (First edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 7.8

Pages: Pp 473

S#: 0036.04.0513

   
Date: 1899

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir, By Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D.C.L., Hon. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Volume One, Early Poems, Sonnets, Endymion, etc. (Hard Cover) (Published by Little, Brown, and Company, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U.S.A.) (Printed on ivory laid paper, gilt top edge.)

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: This volume does not include "The Eve of St. Agnes". This volume begins with Houghton’s Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." Frontispiece is an etching of John Keats, adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. Artist is anonymous but etching possibly by H. Robinson. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 7.1

Pages: Pp 230

S#: 0036.01.1212

   
Date: Circa 1900

Title: Ode to a Nightingale. La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Soft cover, Cloth mounted to stiff paper) Edition De Luxe, (Privately Printed), Limited Edition. (Published by Johnson, Hickborn and Company, Ltd., London)

Author: Keats, John

Description: The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society was formed in London in 1887 by Walter Crane, an artist and book illustrator. He was succeeded by British artist William Morris in 1891. In January of 1891 Morris formed the Kelmscott Press, for the purpose of producing books by traditional methods, inspiring what became known as the "Private Press Movement", resulting in an explosion of publishers in London. Walter Crane lectured in Chicago on the Arts and Crafts movement in 1891. Over the next few years over fifty publishing houses were formed in Chicago, sharing a vision of producing finely printed books in limited editions. One result in Chicago was Wright’s involvement in the production of "The Eve of St. Agnes". Another was Way & Williams. Johnson, Hickborn, & Company specialized in limited editions, thus the text "Edition De Luxe, (Privately Printed), Limited Edition", printed on the frontispiece. One set they published included six short volumes published in a similar fashion in green and maroon cloth. Located to date are "Song of the Greek Poet" by Lord Byron, "The Deserted Village" by Oliver Goldsmith, "The Blessed Damozel" and "Maude Clare" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and C.G Rossetti, "Lochinvar" by Sir Walter Scott, "The Mahogany Tree" by William Makepeace Thackeray, and this volume. Johnson, Hickborn also published "Cheltenham Gravures, a volume of photogravure portraits. This cover is green cloth mounted to stiff paper. An off white title label is mounted to the front, printed with a gilt design and title. Pages are bound with a green cord. The pages are bordered with a decorative green design much like the title page. Tipped-in the frontispiece is a photogravure portrait of John Keats. Artist not identified, possibly by P. Kramer after Hilton’s chalk drawing. In 1819 or 1820, William Hilton drew a chalk drawing, of John Keats, sketched from life. Hilton was a close friend of Keats publisher John Taylor. Hilton’s chalk drawing was lost, but not before Charles Wass engraved it for the frontispiece of "The Poetical Works of John Keats", 1941, published by Taylor and Walton. It was engraved and elaborated upon by F. Croll (Parson p97), and by P. Kramer in 1913 (Parson p97). This unidentified illustration is very similar to, and possibly by P. Kramer. (First edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.9 x 7

Pages: Pp 16

S#: 0041.11.0213

   
Date: 1900

Title: The Complete Works of John Keats Vol. I of V. Poems Published in 1817. Endymion. (Hard Cover) (Published by Gowars & Gray, Glasgow. Cover design stamped and gilt. End pages are green.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, Harry Buxton

Description: Part of The Complete Library Series. Volume I begins with a Preface and Memoir by Forman. "The three volumes of poetry published during Keats' life have been reproduced upon this plan; and their contents have been collated with all available manuscripts and printed issues of authority, the variations being given in foot-notes. The posthumous and fugitive poems in order of date (as exactly as that order can be ascertained) follow the contents of the three printed volumes..." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.8

Pages: Pp i-l (50) +208

S#: 0041.18.0215

   
Date: 1901

Title: The Complete Works of John Keats Vol. II of V. Lamia, Isabella & Posthumous Poems to 1818 Endymion. (Hard Cover) (Published by Gowars & Gray, Glasgow. Boards bound with Green leather. Cover design stamped and gilt. End pages are green.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, Harry Buxton

Description: Part of The Complete Library Series. Volume II begins with a Preface by Forman. "The most important sources of new readings and cancelled passages in the present in the present volume are George Keats’s little book of holographs and transcripts in the British Museum and Richard Woodhouse’s Common-pace book of transcripts mentioned at pages xii-xiv of the Preface to Volume I of this edition..." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 243

S#: 0049.07.0215

   
Date: 1901

Title: The Complete Works of John Keats Vol. III of V. Posthumous Poems 1812-1820. Essays & Notes. (Hard Cover) (Published by Gowars & Gray, Glasgow. Printed at the University Press by Robert Maclehose and Co., Glasgow. Cover design stamped and gilt. End pages are green.)

Author: Keats, John; Forman, Harry Buxton

Description: Part of The Complete Library Series. Volume II begins with a Preface by Forman. "The chronology of the poems published in this third volume is continuous with that of those forming the latter part of the second volume. As nearly as can be ascertained, that volume brings the Posthumous and Fugitive Poems down to the end of the year 1818, and those here following belong to the years 1819 and 1820..."  (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 291

S#: 0049.08.0215

   
Date: Circa 1900

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., New York. Not dated, Circa 1900)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Deluxe green leather cover, lettering and floral illustration gilt-stamped, end-paper gilt-floral design. Portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a miniature. Title page red, green and gilt design. Red ribbon book mark. Title page design is similar to, and the illustration is the same as published in the Crowell 1895 Poetical Works. Printed on laid paper with "Old Stratford USA" watermark. Top pages gilt, others uncut. Possibly part of Crowell’s Verona Edition. Other Verona Editions published by Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., New York: "Saul" By Robert Browning. 1896 and 1901 (Dated). Title page, page design and end-paper matches this edition. "The Traveler" By Oliver Goldsmith. (Not Dated). Title page design matches this version. "Poor Richard's Almanac" By Benjamin Franklin, (Not Dated) ca. 1900. Illustrated with a tissue-protected frontis portrait of Franklin, and an illuminated title page. Bound in green leather. "A Dream of Fair Women", By Alfred Tennyson, not dated. Tissue-protected portrait of Tennyson. Gilt on top edge of pages. "Lamia". By John Keats, 4.5" X 7", not dated. Gilt top. Protected Frontispiece of author, (dated 1908 by the 1924 Boston Public Library Keats Exhibition). First edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 40

S#: 0041.04.0511

   
Date: Circa 1900

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Swede cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., New York. Not dated, Circa 1900)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Possibly part of Crowell’s Laurel Series. "This series has proved one of the most popular of our many effective lines of gift books. The binding is the popular ooze leather (swede) in three shades, red, green, brown; fancy end leaves, chaste gold stamping and each volume is boxed. Gilt top." (Illustration of the standard volume shows lettering in the top left corner.) The Publishers’ Trade List Annual, 1905, p.14. Very similar to #41.04. Uses the same plates for pages 5-40, but title page is different. Tan swede cover, lettering gilt-stamped. End-paper gilt-floral design. Printed on laid paper. Top pages gilt, others uncut. First edition. Original list price $0.60. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 40

S#: 0041.21.1215

   
Date: 1900

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes. A Poem by John Keats with a preface written for it by Edmund Gosse. This books is No. 369 of an Edition Limited to 800 copies made upon L.L. Brown’s H.M. paper 20 copies upon Japan vellum paper & 4 copies upon genuine parchment - printed in Chicago by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. From plates made from drawings fro each page - designed & lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published at The Fine Arts Building Michigan Avenue Chicago Illinois USA, by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: In 1897 the Chicago Arts & Crafts Society was formed at the Hull House, Wright being one of the founding members. Seymour’s work was strongly influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. The first book Seymour produced on his own was completed in 1897, featuring John Keats’ Ode to Melancholy. He hand-lettered the text and designed the small book to imitate old wood block books. His second was "Three Merry Old Tales" 1898, based on "Shakespeare Jest Book". For his third, he chose Browning’s "Sonnets from the Portuguese." 1899. In 1900 he took over space in the Fine Arts Building from Charles Francis Browne. In October 1900 he published this, his fourth book. Seymour dedicated this volume to Mrs. Fanny R. Lupton. Illustrated and lettered by hand, and printed in two colors. Decorative two page designed title page in black and brown, followed by a second single page title page. Wright worked with Seymour in 1911 after his return from Europe. Seymour published "The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" Key, "Love and Ethics" Key, 1912, and The Torpedo under the Ark" also by Key in 1912. That same year he also published Wright’s "The Japanese Print: An Interpretation". In an article concerning Seymour’s work, published in the "Inland Printer", June 1901, Wallace Rice wrote, "...The crown of all this work was issued during the year just closed in the form of a strictly limited edition of Keat’s The Eve of St. Agnes. For additional information concerning Seymour work, see the "Caxtonian" May 2011. This volume includes six illustrations by Seymour plus one customized illustration accompanied by his signature. Original list price $2.50. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.8 x 9.1

Pages: Pp 63 (Unnumbered)

S#: 0041.13.0613

   
Date: 1900

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats with a Memoir by James Russell Lowell. (Green Cloth, left. Blue Cloth, right) (Published by Houghton, Mifflin & Company, Boston and New York. Printed by The Riverside Press, Cambridge) (Not dated. In The Annual American Catalog 1900, an ad for Houghton, Mifflin & Company announced the publishing to this volume in 1900, page 258. Published as part of the New Cabinet Edition.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russell

Description: This edition includes an engraved portrait of John Keats (K4C) with a facsimile signature. Similar to the Robinson (K4E) engraving but missing the bow. It begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" signed J. R. L. (James Russell Lowell). "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other, - Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other... Keats certainly had more of the penetrative and sympathetic imagination which belongs to the poet, of that imagination which identifies itself with the momentary object of its contemplative, than any man of these later days... His imagination was his bliss and bane... in him we have an example of the renaissance going on almost under our own eyes, and that the intellectual ferment was in him kindled by a purely English leaven.... Keats had an instinct for fine words, which are in themselves pictures and ideas, and had more of the power of poetic expression than any modern English poet... The poems of Keats mark an epoch in English poetry..." Original list price $1.00. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.2.

Pages: Pp 438

S#: 0041.09.0712, 0041.12.1112

   
Date: Circa 1900

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Memoir by James Russell Lowell. With Illustrations. (Hard Cover) (Published by Hurst & Company, New York. Burgandy cloth, small design stamped and gilt on cover. (Note: The Boston Public Library exhibition catalog dates this volume 188-?, p.12.) Border stamped and black. Spine in gilt, "Keat's [sic] Poems. Avon Edition. Hurst & Co, New York." Pages trimmed, gilt top.)

Author: Keats, John; Lowell, James Russel

Description: Publisher's Weekly, Sept 1900 - Announcement: Hurst's Avon edition of the poets. Title in colors. $1.00. This volume uses the plates from the 1867 edition published by James Miller (0000.11). The frontispiece is an engraving of John Keats by Oscar Edward Grosch after Hilton’s chalk drawing. Some decorative illustrations signed "Pesoa Sc." This volume begins with a comprehensive bibliography "The Life of Keats" by James Russel Lowell. "Three men almost contemporaneous with each other, Wordsworth, Keats, and Byron, - were the great means of bringing back English poetry from the sandy deserts of rhetoric, and recovering for her triple inheritance of simplicity, sensuousness, and passion... Keats had the broadest mind, or at least his mind was open on more sides, and he was able to understand Wordsworth and judge Bryon, equally conscious, through his artistic sense, of the greatnesses of the one and the many littlenesses of the other..." From The Publisher's Weekly, p.432, February 9, 1924: Thomas D. Hurst, founder of the firm of Hurst & Company, died at his home in Brooklyn, February 2nd, in his eighty-first year. He was born in England in 1843. In 1871, he started as a publisher and bookseller in Nassau Street, specializing in cheap editions of standard works of which he was one of the pioneers... Avon Edition of the Poets, 1900-1901." (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.75 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 340

S#: 0041.17.0114

   
Date: 1900

Title: The Sonnets of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by George Bell & Sons, London. Printed on thick laid paper. Trimmed and gilt on top. Side and bottom uncut.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: First published in 1898. "This edition of the Sonnets of John Keats, with decorated borders and initials by Christopher Dean, was published by Geroge Bell and Sons, York Street, Covent Garden, London, and printed at the Chiswick Press. MDCCCXCVIII. And reprinted MDCCCC. This volume is a compilation of 54 sonnets. "A beautiful little edition in parchment cover", The Literary World, 1898. Index of first lines only. Second title page and first sonnet ornately illustrated. Part of Bell’s Sonnet Series which also included sonnets by Shakespeare, Browning, Dante and Wordsworth. Original list price 2s. 6d. net. (Second edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.1 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 54

S#: 0041.10.1212

   
Date: 1901

Title: The Odes of John Keats With Illustrations by R. (Robert) Anning Bell. (Green leather covers medium boards, Gilt lettering and design. Pages are trimmed three sides, gilt on top, and printed on beige laid paper with a Lion & Anchor logo and text "Chiswick Press" watermark.) (Published by George Bell and Sons, London. Printed at the Chiswick Press)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Illustrations by Robert Anning Bell, and are taken from the edition of Keats’ poems in the "Endymion Series". "At its price there is not a minature volume upon the bookseller's shelves fit to approach this charming edition. No black and white artist is more suited by temperament to deck the poet's verse and here Mr. Anning Bell has done some of his finest work. It is not extravagant praise to say that this little book is a perfect production and both artist and publishers from their varying points of view may be proud of it." The Art Record, December 1901, page 657, Hugh Stokes. "It is difficult to say which we have most admiration for in this dainty volume, the illustrations of Mr. Bell or the printing and general production of the work. Both are admirable and those who would possess a copy of Keats's 'Odes' could scarcely do better than invest in the present pocket edition." The Publisher's Circular, Oct 19, 1901, page 426. Although it does not contain "The Eve of St. Agnes", we could not resist, a beautiful little volume. Originally sold at Brentano’s, Booksellers & Stationers, Paris. Original list price 1s. 6d. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 5.9.

Pages: Pp 42

S#: 0048.06.0313

   
Date: 1901

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Chronologically arranged and edited, with a memoir, By Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes), D.C.L., Hon. Fellow of Trin. Coll. Cambridge. (Hard Cover) (Published by George Bell & Sons, York St., Covent Gardens, London, and New York. Printed by Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.) The Adline Edition of British Poets. First Aldine Edition. November 1876. Reprinted. 1879, 1882, 1883, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901.

Author: Keats, John; Lord Houghton (Richard Monckton Milnes)

Description: Editor’s Note. "The object of the chronological arrangement of this edition, and the consequent insertion of some pieces of comparatively little value, is to present a faithful self-drawn literary picture of the short and sad poetical life. Had Keats lived to maturity his claim on the larger sympathies of mankind... This volume alone contains all his works..." The volume begins with the Houghton Memoir. "The Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats, published first in 1848, and in a more complete form in 1867, contained the biography of the poet, mainly conveyed in the language of his own correspondence... The ‘Adonais’ of Shelley remains the immortal literary monument of the life, work, and sorrows of John Keats." Frontispiece is an etching of John Keats by C.H. Jeens, adapted from a portrait by Joseph Severn. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.3 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 493

S#: 0048.05.0113

   
Date: 1902

Title: Shelley’s Adonais and Alastor. Edited, With Introduction and Notes By Charles G. D. Roberts, M.A. (Published by Silver, Burdett and Company, New York, Boston, Chicago. Part of The Silver Series of Classics, which also included Keats "The Eve of St. Agnes" and Other Poems.)

Author: Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Roberts, Charles G. D.

Description: In Shelley’s Introduction and biographical sketch, he writes, "On the 1st of July (1822) Shelley set out with Williams (one of his closest friends) in the Ariel (their yacht) to meet Leigh Hunt at Leghorn. On the afternoon of the 8th they left Leghorn... A storm was threatening... Then the bodies of Shelley and Williams were washed ashore. In Shelley’s pocket was found a copy of Keats, doubled back at ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’... the ceremony was conducted by Trelawney, Hunt, and Byron... The ashes were taken to Rome and buried in that cemetery where lay already the poet’s child William, and his great fellow-craftsman, Keats." In his preface Shelley writes. "The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses, was not less delicate and fragile than it was beautiful..." Shelley laments "I weep for Adonais - he is dead! O, weep for Adonais! though our tears, Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head! And thou, sad Hour, selected from all years, To mourn our loss, rouse thy obscure compeers, And teach them thine own sorrow, say: with me Died Adonais..." Of note is Shelley’s second wife. He was married to Mary Shelley, novelist, who authored "Frankenstein". Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes".  Original Hard Cover list price 35c. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 108

S#: 0052.02.0710

   
Date: 1902

Title: Adonais (Soft Cover) (Published at The De La More Press, London)

Author: Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Description: "The De la More Booklets are a happy idea. They consist of classical masterpieces in paper covers such as Shelley's Adonais, Keats Eve of St Agnes... These volumes are all carefully printed at the De La More Press on very fine paper specially made for them and are bound in an artistic manner. The price is 6d net each in art wrappers..." From an ad in 1905. Shelley once wrote of Keats: "The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses, was not less delicate and fragile than it was beautiful..." Shelley laments "I weep for Adonais - he is dead! O, weep for Adonais! though our tears, Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head! And thou, sad Hour, selected from all years, To mourn our loss, rouse thy obscure compeers, And teach them thine own sorrow, say: with me Died Adonais..." Original list price 6d (pennies). (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.6 x 6

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0052.09.0415

   
Date: 1902

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Hard Cover) (Published by The De La More Press, London. Boards covered with green leather, stamped and gilt. Cover design signed by B.M.M. Printed on hand made paper with a watermark. Three sides trimmed and gilt.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Part of The De La More Booklet Series. "Selected Masterpieces of Prose and Verse printed at the De La More Press in dainty Booklets, suitable for Birthday Gifts... Also bound cloth, 1s. net; in moreen 1s. 6d. net; or in full lambskin extra gilt and gilt edges, 2s. 6d. net... The De La More Booklets are a happy idea. They consist of classical masterpieces in paper covers such as Shelley’s ‘Adonis,’ Keats’ ‘Eve of St Agnes,’ and Milton's ‘Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Nativity.’ " Original list price 2 Shilling 6 pennies. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.5 x 5.75

Pages: Pp 30

S#: 0052.08.0813

   
Date: 1902

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Reprinted From the Original Editions with Notes by Francis T. Palgrave, Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford. (Hard cover) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York. Boards covered in red cloth. Design and text stamped on front and spine, gilt. Three sides trimmed, top is tinted.)

Author: Keats, John; Palgrave, Francis T.

Description: This version of "The Poetical Works of John Keats" was first published in 1884. It begins with a short introduction by Francis T. Palgrave, dated August 1884, and ends with his extensive notes on Keats writings. "Copiousness in exquisite detail, perpetual freshness of phrase, characterize all the poetry of Keats, and in the work of his earlier days are generally more conspicuous than unity of interest or perfection of form; – qualities which, (as, perhaps, with Shakespeare), his imaginative wealth of mind, - aurea facilities, – prevented him from acquiring until first youth was over. Keats is hence a Poet especially fir to be read..." Not dated, but in The Nation, May 1, 1902, p.iv., "Messrs Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. beg to announce a new series of old favorites - The Handy Volume Classics, Pocket Edition. It is beautifully printed on excellent paper, with critical notes and copyrighted introductions. Tinted tops. Fine red cloth binding. Frontispieces and printed wrappers. The series embraces 110 titles, poetry and prose, and is especially adapted to use in schools, on account of its abundant critical matter and clear type." Original list price 35c. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 298

S#: 0052.10.1213

   
Date: 1903

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Hard Cover) (Published by A. C. Curtis, Guildford, England. The Astolat Oakleaf Series. Printed by The Astolat Press, Guildford, England. Printed on handmade Laid paper with and "Unbleached Arnold" watermark. Top edges are trimmed, other edges uncut. Cover printed on grey paper covered boards, red cloth spine. Title and oak leaves and acorns design stamped and printed in dark green ink.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: During the 1890s A. C. Curtis operated a bookstore in Guildford, England, southwest of London. Complying the Arts & Crafts movement and the reemergence of finely crafted books, he formed The Astolat Press and began publishing books, much like Browne’s Bookstore began doing in 1908. Curtis began publishing fine books possibly as early as 1896, but not confirmed until 1901. Curtis partnered with George W. Jacobs & Company, Philadelphia, who published a U.S. edition of this volume. When Way & Williams began publishing books in 1895, they partnered with English printers and publishers. Title, printer’s device, date and initial caps printed in red. First Edition. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.5 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 23

S#: 0054.07.1114

   
Date: Circa 1903

Title: The Eve of Saint Agnes (Undated) (Published by George W. Jacobs & Co., Philadelphia. The Astolat Oakleaf Series. Printed by The Astolat Press, Guildford, England.) Endpaper printed on handmade paper with a "Lexham Airdried" watermark. Balance of the pages are printed on handmade Laid paper with an "Unbleached Arnold" watermark. Top edges are trimmed and gilt. Other edges uncut. Cover is red leather with gilt lettering and a stamped design consisting of oak leaves and acorns.

Author: Keats, John

Description: Undated edition of "The Eve of Saint Agnes". The "Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition Commemorating the Anniversary of the Death of John Keats" from 1921, dates this edition "189-?". During the 1890s A. C. Curtis operated a bookstore in Guildford, England, southwest of London. Being influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement and the reemergence of finely crafted books, he formed The Astolat Press and began publishing books, much like Browne’s Bookstore began doing in 1908. Possibly as early as 1896, but not confirmed until 1901 Curtis began publishing fine books. The title page and printers device were always consistent in his volumes and those that partnered with him. In 1903 A. C. Curtis published "The Eve of St. Agnes". The cover consisted of grey paper covered boards, the design being almost identical to this Jacobs’ edition. When Way & Williams began publishing books in 1895, like this volume, they partnered with English printers and publishers. Although this version was published with it’s own cover, the inside is identical to the Curtis version. The title page of the Curtis edition was dated 1903. The nearly identical Jacobs edition was undated. (First U.S. Edition.) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.4 x 7.1

Pages: Pp 23

S#: 0054.04.1011

   
Date: 1904

Title: Old Love Stories Retold. Panel Designs by George W. Hood (Hard Cover) Published by The Baker & Taylor Co., New York. Printed by The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass. Nearly every page has a vertical panel on the outer edge illustrated by Hood. Also includes 13 illustrations by unidentified artists, including a portrait of John Keats by P. Kramer. Spine is bound in leather. Illustration on title page initialed AM.)

Author: Le Gallienne, Richard

Description: "In this book Mr. Le Gallienne's skill as a novelist and an essayist are best brought out. He recounts most attractively the famous love stories of the world such as Dante and Beatrice, Sidney and Lady Devereux, Paola and Francesca, Shelley and Mary, and others. The book is handsomely made with many designs and illustrations." The Publishers’ Trade List Annual, August 1905, p.6. Chapter V: "John Keats and Fanny Brawne. It is surprising that the love stories of great poets should so often disappoint the romantic — and, one may add, the aesthetic — sense. From such lovers of love, and such passionists of beauty, one naturally expects not only the ideal passion, but the ideal object. Of all poets one would say this of John Keats, the one poet whose name has come to be synonymous with beauty; and it is certainly a particularly ironical paradox that the lady irritatingly associated with his name should be the least congruous of all the many commonplace women transfigured by the genius they could not understand, and the love of which they were not worthy. Most women honoured by the love of great poets have at least been inoffensive, placidly pretty, domestically devoted..." Of Note: In 1896, Wright’s client Williams, published "Aucassin and Nicolete," and refers to the volume in Chapter II. Original list price $1.50 Net. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 183

S#: 0055.09.0116

   
Date: Circa 1904

Title: The Poems of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., London. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Printed in Great Britain by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh. Stamped on spine: Scribner’s.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: This volume appears to have first been published in 1902 by George Newnes Ltd (London) and Scribner’s Sons (New York), "Bulletin and Review of the Keats-Shelley Memorial." 1913. Many ads also began appearing in 1902 for "Newnes Thin Paper Series." In 1904, Charles Scribner’s Sons’ ads began advertising "The Caxton Thin Paper Series. Printed in large, clear type on extremely thin but thoroughly opaque paper, with Photogravure Frontispiece and Title-page to each Volume, and bound in Limp Lambskin, with Gilt top." Cover and spine stamped and gilt. End page and title page illustrations by A. Garth Jones. Photogravure portrait of John Keats by Edmund J. Sullivan. Original list price $1.25 net. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.75 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 469

S#: 0055.06.0415

   
Date: Circa 1905

Title: Grave of John Keats (Post Card)

Description: Face: Real photo postcard, printed in blue ink. Hand written or printed in a dark gray ink, "Keats." Verso: "Post Card. This Side For The Address. Place One-Cent Stamp Here (within a box, dotted lines)." Undivided back. Keats was born on October 31, 1795 and died on February 23, 1821 in Rome and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. His last request was to be placed under a tombstone bearing no name or date, only the words, "Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water." Joseph Severn and Charles Brown erected the tomb stone. Under the relief of a lyre with broken strings, includes the epitaph, "This Grave contains all that was Mortal of a Young English Poet Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart at the Malicious Power of his Enemies Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone: "Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. 24 February 1821." On December 24, 1901, the U.S. Government allowed the use of the words "Post Card" or "Postcard" to be printed on the undivided back of privately printed cards. On March 1, 1907, postcards with a divided back were finally permitted. The address had to be written on the right side of the back of the postcard while the left side was reserved for writing messages.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5

S#: 0058.11.0414

   
Date: 1906

Title: The Poems of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by J. M. Dent & Co., London, and in New York by E. P. Dutton & Co. Front and back end pages illustrated for the Everyman series by R.K.L., 1905, in light green. Green cloth, small design stamped on cover, floral design and text stamped and gilt on spine. Pages trimmed, coloured top. Printed by Colston and Coy, Limited, Edinburgh.)

Author: Keats, John; Rhys, Ernest

Description: Part of the Everyman’s Library series. Title Page: "Everyman will go with thee be they guide in they most need to go they side." Introduction: "At the beginning of the few brief years of extraordinary happiness which Keats enjoyed before his fatal illness declared itself , he wrote from Carisbrooke (18th April 1817): I find I cannot exist without poetry - without eternal poetry - half the day will not do..." Here is the clue to the whole artistic career - some five or six years long - of the most wholly and completely obsessed English poet in the whole calendar..." Original list price: Cloth, 1s net (shilling). (Second edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.25 x 7

Pages: Pp 383

S#: 0064.14.0413

   
Date: 1906

Title: The Century Magazine - February 1906 (Published monthly by The Century Co, New York. MacMillan and Co. Ltd, London.)

Author: Sharp, William, Editor of "The Severn Memoirs".

Description: "The Portraits of Keats. With special references to those by Severn. In point of date the first likeness Keats is possibly the profile in charcoal by Joseph Severn now in Forster Collection at the South Kensington Museum Mr Buxton Forman specifically states that it is the earliest of drawings of Keats from the life and neither in the Severn manuscripts memoirs notes and fragmentary addenda nor elsewhere have I found any evidence..." An extensive in depth article on the portraits of Keats. Includes twelve photographs and illustrations as well as an additional article "A Remembrance of Joseph Severn" by R. W. G. Original cover price 35 cents. (See additional information on the Portraits of John Keats)

Size: 6.9 x 9.9

Pages: Pp 535-551

S#: 0064.05.1211

   
Date: Circa 1907

Title: Isabella or the Pot of Basil (S#80.19) (Published by George W. Jacobs & Company, Philadelphia) (Printed in England by T. N. Foulis, Edinburgh and London) (Both versions printed by Neill and Co., Ltd., Edinburgh)

Author: Keats, John

Description: A number of versions were published in this format by Jacobs in the United States, and Foulis in England. One was part of the "Envelope Books." The cover wrapped around forming an envelope (1907). This version is a padded cloth cover. Text is printed two sides on a thick cream colored stock. Illustrations are printed four-color (dot pattern) single-sided on a white matte stock. Four color illustrations are by Jessie M King. Title and page listing illustrations are also illustrated by King. There is also a one-color illustration on the first page of the poem, page 7. The cover illustration is a repeat of the third plate, page 17. It is trimmed and pasted to a printed paper panel. Top and bottom pages trimmed, sides uncut. Illustration is similar to M. Jameson. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.5 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 39

S#: 0080.19.1213

   
Date: 1908

Title: Odes, Sonnets, and Lyrics (Hard Cover) (Published by The Century Co., New York. Printed by The De Vinne Press. Embossed leather cover. Edges trimmed and gilt. Marbled end pages. Front and back cover designs by B.M.M.)

Author: Keats, John; Preface: Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Note: Gilder, Richard Watson

Description: "Lovers of poetry will take genuine delight in the volume giving odes, sonnets and lyrics by John Keats, with a fine critical appreciative study by Edmund Clarence Stedman and an interesting and somewhat extended note by Richard Watson Gilder. The volume contains almost one hundred poetic gems that will appeal to the imagination of those who appreciate poetry and art." "The Arena," November 1908, p.479. Preface is from "The Century Magazine" February 1884. Frontispiece Portrait of Keats. "The standard Portrait, painted from life by Joseph Severn, here reproduced by courtesy of the owner, the Rt. Honorable Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke." Original list price $1.00. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 2.75 x 5.25

Pages: Pp 130

S#: 0085.34.1214

   
Date: Circa 1908

Title: The Eve of St Agnes, And other Poems (Published by George G. Harrap & Co., Covent Gardens, London. Printed by The Riverside Press Ltd., Edinburgh.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Number sixteen in the Sesame Booklet Series. Includes The Eve of St Agnes, Ode to a Nightingale, and other short poems. Stiff cover, gilt and black design is stamped, letters are printed on the spine. Pages are trimmed on the top. Photogravure Portrait of Keats on frontispiece by Emory Walker after a portrait by Joseph Severn. Ornamental title page illustration signed by W. Easton. Each of the forty-two stanzas are printed on separate pages. Not dated, George Godrey Harrap, himself an author, formed George G. Harrap & Co. and began published books in 1901. Ad: "Harrap’s Sesame Booklets", describes two versions and list 21 volumes. Published in the May 9, 1908, Publisher’s Circular. Sold by North of England School Furnishing Co. Ltd, Newcastle-on-Tyne. (Embossed on last page.) WorldCat and Google Books also date this volume 1908. Original list price (1908), Art Linen, Felt Lettered version 6 Pence, Full Velvet Cowhide, Gilt Top version 1 Shilling. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 2.8 x 4.

Pages: Pp 79

S#: 0085.28.0912

   
Date: 1909

Title: A Day with John Keats (Hard cover) (Published by Hodder & Stoughton, New York. Printed by Percy Lund, Humphries & Co., Ltd., Bradford and London. Boards covered in grey paper. Title, designs and illustrated border and designs in black outlined in gilt.)

Author: Byron, May

Description: Not dated, but a write-up in the Nov 26, 1910 issue of Publishers Weekly, p.101, "Days With the Poets. Each book deals intimately with a day in the life of the poet. The motives and characteristics of each subject are interestingly dealt with and the sketch of the day is accompanied by selections from the works of the poet illustrated in color reproductions of original paintings To the six volumes published last year three new ones on Shelley, Byron and Scott are added." An ad on p.36 continues "...The sketch of the day is accompanied by selections from the works of the poet illustrated in color reproductions of original paintings. Decorated covers." The advertisement list the original six, Keats being the first published. Six four-color illustrations. Frontispiece: "Keats’ Home in Hampstead," Painting by E. W. Haslehust. Five additional painting by William James Neatby, each related to one of Keats’ poems. Cover illustration not identified, but attributed to Neatby. Original list price 50 cents, net. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.75 x 8.25.

Pages: Pp 48

S#: 0086.13.1114

   
Date: 1909

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne. Printed by T. And A. Constable, Printers to His Majesty, Edinburgh. Boards are bound in green cloth, spin in gilt. Three sides are trimmed, top is gilt.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Number Seven in the 167 volume set of "The World’s Classics" Series. First printed in 1901, reprinted in 1902, 1905, and 1909. The first decorative floral title page is initialed with overlapping "TTP" or TPT." The contents include Early Poems, Early Sonnets, Endymion, Tour in Scotland, Poems, Odes, Isabella, Hyperion, Eve of St, Agnes, Lamia, Songs, Faery Songs, Fragments and Sonnets.  (Fourth Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.75 x 6

Pages: Pp 336

S#: 0086.15.0515

   
Date: Circa 1910

Title: Eve of St. Agnes and other poems (Leather Binding, Not Dated.) (Published by The Gold Medal Library. London, New York, Calcutta.)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Published as part of a series. The Eve of St. Agnes and thirteen additional poems. Full leather binding. Gilt letters on the cover and spine. Three sides are gilt. Decorative end pages front and back. Portrait of Keats is an engraving of the miniature portrait of John Keats after Severn’s copy for George Keats by H. S. Initials are in the bottom right. Etched portrait from an old sketch by Joe Severn. According to Parson (p59), this portrait was first published in 1877. Three illustrations by E. A. Abbey, first published in 1880. WorldCat dates the publishing as Circa 1910. Others date it circa 1900 and as late as 1922. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 3.25 x 4.8

Pages: Pp 95

S#: 0094.21.0212

   
Date: 1910

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes (Suede) (Published by Letchworth, at the Arden Press) (London)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Bound in a brown suede soft cover with blind stamped decorative border and center motif, gilt title. All sides trimmed, top gilt. "This edition of "The Eve of Saint Agnes Agnes’ was first printed October 1910; reprinted November 1910." (Second Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.4 x 5.6  

Pages: Pp 21

S#: 0094.40.0713

   
Date: Circa 1912

Title: The Poetical Works of John Keats. Illustrated by A. A. Dixon. (Hard Cover) (Published by Collins’ Clear-Type Press, London & Glasgow. Printed in Great Britain)

Author: Keats, John

Description: Frontispiece is a half tone photograph of a Portrait of John Keats. There are four illustration by A. A. Dixon, one of which is illustrated for "The Eve of St. Agnes." "She knelt, so pure a thing, so free from mortal taint." Page 231. Illustrations appear to be dated "-10" (1910?). The "Bulletin and Review of the Keats-Shelley Memorial." 1913, p.109 dates this volume [1812} SIC, most likely 1912. Title page illustrated by Malcolm Patterson.  (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 6.1

Pages: Pp 454

S#: 0114.17.0215

   
Date: 1913

Title: Bulletin and Review of the Keats-Shelley Memorial, Rome. No. 2. (Published by The Keats-Shelley Memorial Rome, Printed by Macmillan & Co., Ltd, London. The Macmillan Co., New York.)

Author: Edited by: Rodd, Sir Rennell and Gay, H. Nelson

Description: Since the publication of the Bulletin and Review of the Keats-Shelley Memorial, Rome No. 1, the development of the Association has been most gratifying to its supporters... Includes articles by H. Buxton Forman, Rennell Rodd, Mrs. Leigh Hunt, Leigh Hunt and Rennell Rodd. It lists the Second Thousand Works acquired by the Library. There are seven plates, one of which is a Portrait of Keats on his death bed by Joseph Severn. Original price 6 Shillings in England.

Size: 8.75 x 11.75.

Pages: Pp 197

S#: 0120.12.1211

   
Date: 1913

Title: The Mentor - December 15, 1913 (Published by The Mentor Association, Inc. Includes six loose intaglio-gravure portraits of six poets: Browning, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Wordsworth)

Author: Mabie, Hamilton W.; Illustration by P. Kramer

Description: "Famous English Poets." Article includes information on six poets, including John Keats. "Keats’ Love of Beauty. The poets of the first quarter of the last century died young... Keats at twenty six... Shelley and Keats were rapidly gaining power when the end came." Includes six loose portraits, one of John Keats after Hilton’s chalk drawing, published two sides. Face: Intaglio-gravure portrait of John Keats. Artist not identified, but signature above left shoulder. Verso: "John Keats, a genius whose life was ended almost before it began, but whose poetry will live forever, is the subject of one of the intaglio-gravure pictures illustrating ‘Famous English Poets.’ " Includes five photographs related to Keats. Also published in Portraits of Keats, Plate 57, p.98. Original cover price 15c. One copy of the magazine, one additional portraits of Keats. 7.1 x 10.25, 6.75 x 9.15 (Portrait) See additional versions and additional information.

Size: 6.75 x 9.15

Pages: Pp 1-11, Six single sheets

S#: 0120.16.1214

   
Date: 1895 / C 1915

Title: The Complete Poetical Works of John Keats with Notes and Appendices by H. Buxton Forman. (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Copyright 1895, By Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Printed in the United States of America)
       (Note: With confirmation of this 1895 edition being published around 1915, it give some explanation as to the large number of volumes published by Crowell in 1895.)

Author: Keats, John; Dole, Nathan Haskell; Forman, H. Buxton; Hunt, Leigh

Description: This volume is Copyrighted 1895 and is identical to the 1895 Crowell edition (18.08). The 1895 plates were used, but the later printing date was not listed. Published with a Dust Jacket, it was part of "Crowell’s Thin Paper Poets" series. "The books have photogravure portraits, title pages printed in two colors..." This (1895) edition includes an extensive biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole, and includes Forman’s notes as well as Hunt’s Reviews from 1820 and 1844. Dole writes of his earlier work "It is interesting to note that the modern worshippers of Keats, treasure with peculiar tenderness his very faults, his words quaintly misspelled, his grammatical errors, his exuberant immaturities of form and idea, his crude unconventionalities." Photogravure portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn from a Miniature. Gilt hard cover with Dust jacket. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.7 x 7.

Pages: Pp 661

S#: 0128.10.0512

   
Date: 1921

Title: Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition Commemorating The Anniversary of the Death of John Keats. (1821-1921). Held at the Public Library of the City of Boston. February 21 to March 14, 1921. (Published and printed by The Public Library of the City of Boston: Printing Department.)

Author: Boston Public Library

Description: To honor the work of John Keats, the Boston Public Library held an exhibition on the one hundredth anniversary of his death. The exhibition included 84 Single and Collected works, 40 Selection which included number 56 of "The Eve of St. Agnes" published by Auvergne Press in 1896 (S.22). Wright designed the title page for this volume. It also included 29 Autographed letters, and about 150 Illustrations, Portraits and Pictures of Places. "The collection on exhibition, consisting of original editions and a very complete collection of the collected works of John Keats, presentation copies, autographed letters, portraits and views, is contributed by Mr. Fred Holland Day of Norwood, Massachusetts, and is a selection from his well-known collection of Keatsiana. The systematic collection of pictorial material relating to Keats, shown on the walls, is the property of Mr. Louis A. Holman of Boston." (Introduction.) Digital and printed version. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 5.7

Pages: Pp 63

S#: 0144.02.0710

   
Date: 1923

Title: John Keats. Selected & Edited by Henry Newbolt (Hard Cover) (Published by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., London & Edinburgh. Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers. Boards covered in green cloth. Title, design elements and borders in dark green ink.)

Author: Keats, John; Newbolt, Henry

Description: Introduction: "Everything he wrote is clearly the work of a human spirit expressing itself in the presence of others; it is a piece of life, and constantly invites us to consider questions which belong to life..." Possibly part of the series Nelson’s Poets. Similar volumes, with an introduction by Newbolt, appeared for William Morris, John Milton, Robert Browning and Shelley. An advertisement in The Bookseller and the Stationery Trades' Journal in 1923: Thomas Nelson & Sons, announced Nelson's Poets, A New Series of Poets, Edited by Sir Henry Newbolt. Poems of Keats. Poems of Browning... These plates were used again for "Poems of John Keats", Caxton House, Inc., New York Circa 1939 (0501.17). Frontispiece is a wood block portrait of John Keats, possibly a variation of the "Portrait of John Keats After Joseph Severn by William Hilton". There is a similarity when the portrait is flipped horizontally. Possibly sighed "C P", lower left hand corner of portrait. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4 x 5.7

Size: 4.25 x 6.5

Pages: Pp 408

S#: 0156.48.1213

   
Date: Circa 1928

Title: Keats. Hyperion, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, Lamia. Edited by G. E. Hollingworth, M.A. Lond. (Soft Cover) (Published by W. B. Clive, University Tutorial Press Ld., High St., New Oxford St., W.C. London. Printed at the Burlington Press, Foxton, Near Cambridge, England. Cover printed on thick dark green stock.)

Author: Keats, John; Hollingworth, G. E.

Description: "The story is of Keats’s own invention, founded upon the superstitions connected with the day: like many of our best narratives it has a very simple plot, so simple that the common man would think it incapable of arousing interest. But in Keats’s hands it has become one of the most entrancing of English verse tales." Slipped inside the cover is a broadside from the publisher: "The General Editor of the University Tutorial Press has pleasure in sending the accompanying volume... for review, and will be glad to receive a copy of the issue containing a notice as soon as it appears..." (8.25 x 6.1 folded to 4.1 x 6.1, printed one side only.) Not dated. "The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature: 1800-1900," Shattock, 1999, p.379, indicates that this volume was published in 1928. "British Books in Print," Whitiker, 1928, p.94, lists this volume "in preparation. Original cover price 2 shillings. (First Edition) See additional versions and title page.

Size: 4.9 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 112

S#: 0215.14.0613

   
Date: 1928

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes. By John Keats. Illustrated by E. M. Craig. (Hard Cover) (Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London. Printed in Great Britain by R. & R. Clark, Limited, Edinburgh)

Author: Keats, John

Description: The sixth title published in the Helicon Series. Includes four illustrations by E. M. Craig. Pages with illustrations printed on one side only. Black cloth covers with gilt-stamped title and design. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5.25 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 55

S#: 0215.08.0810

   
Date: Circa 1939

Title: Poems of John Keats. Selected and edited by Henry Newbolt (Published by Caxton House, Inc., Rockefeller Plaza, New York)

Author: Keats, John; Newbolt, Henry

Description: Part of the “Popular Classics of the World”. This volume is undated. Rockefeller Plaza opened in 1933, so this would have been published after that date. Most likely the late 30s or early 40s. Of interest is the Frontispiece which is a wood block portrait of John Keats, possibly sighed “C P”, lower left hand corner of portrait. Possibly a variation of the “Portrait of John Keats After Joseph Severn by William Hilton” (K9). There is a similarity when the portrait is flipped horizontally. (First Edition)  See additional versions and title page.

Size: 5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 408

S#: 0501.17.0113

   
Date: 1954

Title: Portraits of Keats (Hard Cover) (Published by The World Publishing Company, Cleveland, New York)

Author: Parson, Donald

Description: "Lovers of the poetry of John Keats - and their numbers have grown prodigiously since his death n 1821 - can by no means be sure of the personal appearance of their literary idol. Good likenesses of his notable contemporaries abound..." Extensive and exhaustive look at the portraits of Keats and those that portrayed him. Includes one un-numbered color plate and 94 numbered black and white plates. Ex-library book, "Donated by author’s granddaughter S. Maria Parson, ‘70". (First Edition)  (See additional information on the Portraits of John Keats)

Size: 7.25 x 10.25.

Pages: Pp 189

S#: 1045.16.0112

   
Date: 1971

Title: John Keats Stamp. 3p (pence).

Description: Queen Elizabeth II commemorative postage stamp issue for Great Britain featuring literary anniversaries. Published on the 150th Anniversary of Keats death. The stamp was designed by Rosalind Dease and was based on photographs and engravings. Printed in two colors blue, black and gold or gilt, by photogravure, by Harrison & Sons Ltd. Issued by the British Post Office on July 28, 1971. Stanley Gibbons reference #884 and Scotts reference #651.

S#: 0651.01.1213

   
Date: 2009

Title: Bright Star (DVD) (A Jane Campion Film. Produced by Caroline Hewitt, Produced by Jan Chapman, Written and Directed by Jane Campion)

Author: Campion, Jane

Description: Based on the life off John Keats. "From Academy Award winning writer/director Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993) comes an extraordinary film based on the true story of undying love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawn (Abbie Cornish). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer - even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art - and great love last forever." (Publisher’s description.) Original list price $27.95. Wright designed the title page for the 1896 Auvergne Press edition of "The Eve of St. Agnes" written by John Keats. See additional versions and title page.

Size: 119 Minutes.

S#: 2009.15.0710

   
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2010.
 
 

"Second only to Byron" by Richard Marggraf Turley

 
Second only to Byron
How Keats's most popular rival rescued him from the critics

By Richard Marggraf Turley

Richard Marggraf Turley was the winner of the 2007 Keats-Shelley Prize for poetry. He lectures in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. His book on Keats and “Barry Cornwall”, Bright Stars, will be published next year.

In July 1820, Keats’s career was in the doldrums. Having pinned all his hopes for “living by the pen” on the delayed Lamia, he was dismayed when the collection, despite containing tours de force such as “Ode to a Nightingale” and “The Eve of St Agnes”, appeared to mixed or hostile reviews. For most Romantic readers, Keats remained the jejune, justifiably sidelined author of the biggest flop of 1818, Endymion. In August, however, a beacon arrived in the form of an unattributed review in Constable’s Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, with a second installment following in October. Continued...

 
 
 
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