William Wordsworth | First Editions
1770 - 1850
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was one of the foremost English Romantic poets who, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Wordsworth's magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published, before which it was generally known as "the poem to Coleridge". Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth's works are now considered to be canon.
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London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1923. [Poetry]. FINELY BOUND. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.xxxii; 986; . Contemporary brown full morocco, gilt titles, raised bands, and gilt tooling to spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Text nicely laid out in double column. Frontispiece portrait. A few small chips to a....
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.; 37; . Including publisher's adverts, dated March 1816. Re-bound c.1920 in black cloth with gilt titles to upper board. All edges untrimmed. Endpapers spotted, otherwise a clean copy; very good indeed. Wordsworth writes to James Gray...