CURSE OF KEHAMA: Southey Robert CURSE OF KEHAMA: Southey Robert CURSE OF KEHAMA: Southey Robert

CURSE OF KEHAMA

Southey Robert

Published by London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1812, 1812
Hardcover
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2 volumes. A very early printing, only two years after the original. A copy with fine provenance, being that of Anne MacKenzie Gladstone, sister of William Ewart Gladstone, four times British Prime Minister. With further Gladstone family ownership inscription dated 1852 to the free-fly. 12mo, in lovely antique polished calf of the period, the covers decorated with a gilt ruled rolled frame in a fan and flower motif, the spines with gilt stippled raised bands gilt ruled, the compartments with elaborate gilt tooled frames surrounding a central gilt tooled floral device, each volume with two navy morocco labels gilt lettered and rolled in blind, gilt tooled board edges and turn-ins, page edges marbled. Each volume with dated 1818 autograph signature of Anne MacKenzie Gladstone and 1852 signature of T. Gladstone (likely her brother, Thomas Gladstone) on the front blanks. xi, [2], 252; [2], 213 pp. A very fine set, in a wonderful state of preservation, the paper fresh and clean, the bindings solid, handsome and in fully original state with just a light bit of wear to the extremities and very minor chipping at the spine tips. A BEAUTIFUL SET WITH FINE PROVENANCE, OF THIS CLASSIC BY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE LAKE COUNTRY POETS. A FINE PRINTING OF THE POEM AND WITH EXTENSIVE NOTES ON INDIAN RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY. Southey was a contemporary of Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats and a highly important poet in his own right. "Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost." This is an uncommonly fresh and fine set of Southey’s epic poem. ‘KEHAMA’ was based on Hindu mythology, but even more so on Southey’s own memories of his school days when he suffered terrible insomnia. It was one of his school mates, "a dark and mysterious boy", who formed the basis for one of the poem’s villains. Although the poem describes Hindu myth, it is heavily influenced by Zoroastrian theology and the ideal of a dualistic moral system. Part of Southey's focus on India stems from the recent British colonial expansion into India and rising interest by British citizens for Indian culture. Critics praised the quality of the poem's language. Bookseller Inventory # 25429

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Title: CURSE OF KEHAMA

Publisher: London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1812

Publication Date: 1812

Binding: Hardcover

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