Lot 1031: Samuel Taylor Coleridge THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Antique Poetry Gustave Dore Illustrations Plates
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan," as well as for his major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He coined many familiar words and phrases, including the celebrated suspension of disbelief. He was a major influence, via Emerson, on American transcendentalism.
Throughout his adult life, Coleridge suffered from crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated by some that he suffered from bipolar disorder, a condition as yet unidentified during his lifetime. Coleridge suffered from poor health that may have stemmed from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses. He was treated for these concerns with laudanum, which fostered a lifelong opium addiction.
Editor: Henry C. Walsh
Publisher: Henry Altemus
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 11" Height: 14.25"
Condition / Notes: This is the Altemus' Edition of this work. This antique volume, in green cloth with faded stamped gilt lettering and pictorial design to the front cover, and blindstamped lettering and design to the spine and rear cover, has a separating front board. The volume shows significant external wear, with scattered soiling, fraying to the extremities, and minor loss to the head and foot of the spine. The binding is cracked at the rear hinge, and the text block is beginning to separate roughly halfway through the text. The interior shows scattered mild soiling, and some closed edge tears to the pages. This volume is profusely illustrated with plates, including a frontispiece, by French artist Gustave Dore. The work also includes tailpiece illustrations and historiated initials.
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