4 volumes. The first of the Buxton Forman editions. Illustrated with frontispieces, one additional plate, and 5 facsimiles. 8vo, publisher's original sky-blue cloth with gilt pictorial designs by Dante Gabriel Rossetti on the covers, gilt lettering and gilt paneling to the spines. x l, 413, ; viii, 438; xx, 476, ; xix, 573 pp. A very good, handsome and tight set, mild foxing to the prelims caused as usual by the pastedown offset, and very slight and uniform mellowing to the spines. A very well preserved set. THE FIRST OF THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT BUXTON FORMAN EDITIONS. This was the first version of Shelley that Buxtom Forman edited. Forman's goal was to lay before the public "as near an approximation as may be to the text that the poet intended to issue," a task which required Forman to decide on what authority to base the final version of any given poem. As he states in his preface, "In respect of books seen through the press by [Shelley], there ought to be no difficulty whatever, except as regards isolated words and stops; but unfortunately he did not revise while at press one half of the entire bulk of his poetry, several of the volumes having been printed in England while he was abroad, and read through the press by friends. As regards the proportion of his mature works, from 'Alastor' onwards, which had the advantage of his personal revision when in type, we should, I think, be making a liberal allowance if we assumed that he saw proofs of one third; and the largest of the volumes seen through the press by himself is infamously printed.". Bookseller Inventory #
Title: POETICAL WORKS OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY. ...
Publisher: London Reeves and Turner 1876
Book Description George Bell & Sons, London, 1892. Hardcover. [4.5" x 7"]. Tops of spines worn to fraying; bindings sound; bookplates; title page of volume 1 darkened by frontispiece. Bookseller Inventory # 108187
Book Description Lond. Reeves & Turner., 1892. (3rd ed.) Or.dec.cl. with elaborate gilt blind-stamped decoration on front bds. 572,580pp. uncut. b/w frontis. Sl.foxing, else a Very Good set. The third edition includes 97 pages of additional biographical and critical notes by Shelley's wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. A fine set of Shelley's works, this copy belonged to the distinguished New Zealand author Johanne Carl Anderson, MBE, with his signature on the hf.title of Vol.1. The set. Bookseller Inventory # 168289
Book Description George Bell, GB, 1908. Hardback. Book Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: No DW. Bound in half green leather and marbled boards with gold stamp of BUMPUS LTD OXFORD ST W. Marbled endpapers. All edges gold. Bookplates of Mary Mitchison. Book is in very good condition with minor signs of wear and/or age. A handsome set. SPECIAL POSTAGE RATES APPLY Packed weight 1900g. Bookseller Inventory # d021.001