Endymion

A Poetic Romance

KEATS, John

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever

KEATS, John Endymion A Poetic Romance

for Taylor and Hessey, 1818.

First edition. Finely bound by Riviere in full burgundy morocco with gilt ruled border and scalloped corner pieces to the covers, gilt turn-ins and green silk doublures. Raised bands to the spine with gilt titles and ornaments to the compartments. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the half title, five-line errata slip and one-line errata page, and 4pp publisher's advertisements dated May 1818 at the rear. Housed in custom chemise and slipcase. A fine copy, the binding in immaculate condition and the contents generally clean and fresh, a couple of openings lightly toned.

The second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever".

PROVENANCE: The Insley Blair copy, with the green morocco Blairhame bookplate to the front doublure.

Stock ID: 42975

£17,500.00

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