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Hemans, Felicia; Reginald Heber; & Robert Pollok.  The poetical works of Hemans, Heber and Pollok. Complete in one volume. Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliott, 1838. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., [10], vii, [ii]–xvi, 479, [1], [ii]–xvii, [1], 43, [1], 79, [1] pp.; 2 add. engr. plts.
$250.00

A stereotyped collection of works by three early 19th–century British poets, presented in => a handsome American blind-embossed binding. This anthology includes some of Hemans' (1793–1835) most admired works, such as Records of Woman and Hymns on the Works of Nature, along with the best-known hymns and poems of Heber (1783–1826) and Pollok (1798–1827).
        The present example is an extra-illustrated copy. In addition to a frontispiece of Hemans and a pastoral title-page vignette, both engraved by W.H. Ellis, it bears tipped in on the back of the frontispiece a stunning added engraving of Hemans after a plaque by Edward William Wyon ("by A. Collas's Patent Process"). A portrait of Pollok "engraved by T.A. Dean from the only drawing from life ever taken" is mounted on a leaf before his Course of Time.
        Binding: Intricately embossed burgundy calf with gilt lettering to spine; the spine design is derived from a Remnant & Edmonds spine plaque, according to Wolf. Each board has a medallion in the center featuring a woman in a chariot pulled by two galloping horses with several delicate stars in the sky; the medallion is framed by elaborate acanthus and foliate motifs. Blue marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Signed by => Benjamin Gaskill ("Gaskill, Phila") on spine.
        WorldCat locates only eight copies of this 1838 edition.

Wolf, From Gothic Windows to Peacocks, 190. Bound as above, mildest rubbing; marbled endpapers rubbed and slightly discolored just along edges from action by turn-ins. First set of contents with pages bound out of order. Interior age-toned as expectable, with instances of foxing especially along top edges throughout and with light evidence of old waterstaining along bottom ones; title-page with short inked line from outer edge, added engraving with small closed tear => A nice example of Gaskill's embossing work and a delightful volume overall, "personalized."  (38710)   Please RESHELVE This.


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