SONGS AND POEMS: OLD AND NEW, by William Sharp - 1909 [1st Ed]


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Songs and Poems: Old and New

by William Sharp (aka Fiona Macleod)

FIRST EDITION. London: Elliot Stock, 1909.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Antique volume is three-quarter bound in leather, and features patterned color covers, as well as rounded spine with gilt and five raised bands. Endpapers have matching design. Custom binding is Signed by Bickers & Son.
  • Book displays minor overall wear and gentle aging, and is remarkably well preserved.
  • Covers exhibit gentle edgewear, as well as rubbing along shoulders. 
  • Front board shows a scuff, approx. 2" long, starting from foot corner on leather and affecting paper of covers.
  • Spine displays gentle overall rubbing at ends and on raised bands.
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Interior is gently toned throughout, showing little or no wear overall.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock has deckle edges, with gilt along head, and show some toning on front and foot. 
  • SC20200319

234 pages. 5.25 x 7.75 inches.

Antique volume is three-quarter bound in leather, and features handsome color patterned covers with matching design on endpapers, as well as rounded spine with gilt and five raised bands. Custom binding is Signed by Bickers & Son.

Includes a Table of Contents and a Bibliographical Note.

"To see Things in their Beauty is to see them in their Truth." This is the quote with which the volume introduces us to the poetry of William Sharp, and it seems perfectly fitting. The poems contained in the present work are classified in ten collections: a Song; The Human Inheritance; Sonnets 1882-1886; Earth's Voices; Transcripts From Nature; Romantic Ballads; Sospiri Di Roma; Poems 1889-1893; Sonnets 1893; Poems 1893-1905. Sharp's poetry is always beautiful, poignant, elegant, even when it depicts pain and death, and he evokes grief and suffering with as much passion and energy as he celebrates joy and spring. This volume well illustrates the variety and range of his style, having been put together from various collections.

William Sharp (1855-1905) was a Scottish writer of poetry and literary biography. Known as an editor of the poems of Ossian, Walter Scott, Matthew Arnold, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Eugene Lee-Hamilton, he began writing also under the pseudonym of Fiona Macleod from 1893 onward, and took an interest in the Belgian avant-garde which resulted in several biographical essays, as well as translations of Auguste Jenart and Charles van Lerberghe. He kept writing until his death.

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