The Poets’ Pleasaunce


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[000114] Warwick, Eden, The Poets’ Pleasaunce: Or Garden Of All Sorts of Pleasant Flowers, Humphreys, H. Noel, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London, 1847, First Edition, Good. Full Morocco, 8vo. xvi, 432pp, full morocco, bevelled boards, raised bands with spine in five panels, title in gilt to second panel, and again to upper cover, a.e.g., comb and swirled marbled endpapers.

Rubbed, small amount of loss to head of spine and at head of upper joint, spine slightly faded, front joint a little weak. Internally some light browning, but generally clean.

“The Poets Pleasaunce. This is a sort of anthology of the English poets’ writings on flowers … finely printed by Vizetelly brothers. Every page is surrounded by a repeating wood-engraved border, but the remarkable feature of the book is Noel Humphreys’ thirty full-page borders introducing each flower. They are among the most original and powerful black and white decorations to appear in any Victorian book. Apart from the designs themselves, the engravings also are of superb quality” (MacLean Victorian Book Design, Pg 100).

John Buchanan-Brown in his “Early Victorian Illustrated Books” notes that there were only 2000 copies printed of which only 432 sold. (Buchanan-Brown Pg 296). From the library of Percival F. Hinton, with his bookplate to front pastedown and later the library of Eric Quayle