VARIOUS POETS. The Fields and the Woodlands Depicted by Painter and Poet. Illustrated by Charles Blair Leighton. London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House .
(275 x 215 mm) pp. 92 + 2 p. ads and 24 plates of chromolithographic illustrations. Brown pastedown and fly leaves. Full gilt along forage. Ownership inscription reading: A Prize to Benjamin Pritchett for General Improvement. Clifton (?) House ? Mar. 26 John R? L.L.D. All plates present. Second & sixth plate detached but present. Some chipping to detached second plate, otherwise pages bright and clean, clear of foxing. Bright blue publisher’s cloth binding with black vignettes and gilt title and decoration. Minor shelfwear, such as bumping to end bands and some scuffing to bottom fore-edge. Overall in GOOD condition despite the loose plates.
A tribute to the Victorian romanticisation of England’s pastoral countryside, this anthology compiles poetry about the seasons, the natural world, rustic charms, and peasant and cottage life.