The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1910 George Harrap & Sons)
Condition: 1910 British first edition thus, presented by Willy Pogany. Published by George Harrap & Son; Letterpress & Line illustrations printed by Vincent Books, Day & Son. This is a damaged copy - fairly significant insect (fishmoth?) wear to the pages along their fore-edges and parts of the top edge. Decorative endpapers. The binding is still holding, but becoming fragile. The hard board covers are still bright, covered in pale green, gilt-embossed cloth. The front board has a small chip out of its fore-edge. Gothic text within, presented in beautifully illuminated borders, interspersed with dichromatic and b&w illustrations. 19 hand-tipped plates remain of 20, in gentle colours, dreamily atmospheric and beautiful. Although no longer pristine, this copy is still a rare & interesting piece. Price is commensurate. (In good condition, copies are listed at £200-£500 and more, ex-postage.)
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere") is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Modern editions use a later revised version printed in 1817 and featuring a gloss. Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it was a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature." ~ Goodreads.