First edition, first printing. Crown 8vo. Contemporary full vellum, decorated and ruled in gilt to upper and lower boards and spine. Titles in gilt to a brown morocco label on the spine. Pink, blue and white marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt, fore and lower edges untrimmed. Frontispiece depicting Cupid Seated on Clouds by Samuel William Reynolds after W. Owen, complete with tissue guard. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents, except for mild foxing to the frontispiece page, clean throughout. The slightly bowed covered boards are just a little toned and marked. An attractive copy of this generously packed anthology of Elizabethan verse.
William S. Braithwaite (1878-1962), the editor of this extensive anthology (weighing in at 823 pages) was a self-educated African-American author, publisher, and anthologist who, during his long life, counted among his friends and correspondents Robert Frost, Amy Lowell and Edwin Arlington Robinson. His Elizabethan anthology is dedicated to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), the soldier, abolitionist, author and famously the correspondent and mentor to Emily Dickinson. The selection is notable for its scope, extending to many lesser-known poems and poets of the period. Generously annotated, it also contains concise biographies of the poets, a glossary, with indexes of poets, titles, and first lines.
Stock code: 22534