“In Xanadu Did Kulba Khan” & Two Coleridge Heroines — First & Second Editions
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Christabel, &c. London: Pr. for John Murray by William Bulmer & Co., 1816. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.4"). , [v]–vii, , 64 pp. (2 prelim. ff. lacking). [with] Zapolya: A Christmas tale, in two parts. London: Pr. for Rest Fenner by S. Curtis, 1817. 8vo. , 128 pp. $1500.00
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This is the second edition of “Christabel,” Coleridge's unfinished fantasy about innocent Christabel and her encounter with the ominously mysterious Geraldine, and thefirst edition ofZapolya, Coleridge'slast dramatic endeavor, which was originally intended for production at Covent Garden. Also present here, following the title piece, are “Kubla Khan” and “The Pains of Sleep.”
NCBEL, III, 217 & 218; NSTC 2C30234 & 2C30269. 19th-century calf framed in single gilt fillet, rebacked with darkening to cover edges especially along spine; new spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels and gilt-stamped compartment decorations. Both works lacking half-titles (only). Pages slightly age-toned with occasional instances of faint spotting, otherwise quite clean. An unusual DOUBLE highlight of Coleridgiana. (33141)