THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1875


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The Time of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

illustrated by F. Noel Paton

New York: Kilbourne Tompkins, 1875.

Hardback is overall in GOOD- condition.

  • Boards show some dirt, smudges, scuffing, edgewear, and wrinkling to back. Corners are bumped and scuffed. (Please see photos)
  • Spine has 1.5" chip off of head, scuffing, and crushed foot.
  • Front hinge is cracked with ffep coming loose. Otherwise, binding is secure. 
  • FFEP shows creasing, a tear, and signiture in ink. (Please see photos)
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges have All Edges Gilt.
  • VK2021.0604.

66 pages. 11X9 inches.

"The longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98. Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it is often considered a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic Literature.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner recounts the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on his way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The wedding-guest's reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner's story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem." (Wikipedia)


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