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Endymion: A Poetic Romance by  John Keats - First edition, first issue, with imprint on verso of half-title  - 1818 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

Endymion: A Poetic Romance

by Keats, John

Condition: Uncut in original publisher's boards, printed paper title label to spine. Minor wear to spine ends, some very light browning


London: for Taylor and Hessey, 1818. First edition, first issue, with imprint on verso of half-title reading "Printed by T. Miller, Noble street, Cheapside." and with integral erratum leaf and inserted 5-line errata tipped-in at rear. ix, [iii], 207, [1], [4, ads dated 1 May 1818]. 8vo. Uncut in original publisher's boards, printed paper title label to spine. Minor wear to spine ends, some very light browning in places and occasional pencil underlining, slight creasing to the erratum leaf, bookplate removed from front pastedown. First edition, first issue, with imprint on verso of half-title reading "Printed by T. Miller, Noble street, Cheapside." and with integral erratum leaf and inserted 5-line errata tipped-in at rear. ix, [iii], 207, [1], [4, ads dated 1 May 1818]. 8vo. Fine Copy in Boards. A near pristine copy in boards of the first edition, first issue, of the second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever." So savage and malevolent were the reviews of this poem by Blackwoods and the Quarterly--"Lockhart found it exquisitely funny that an apothecary, a fellow who confessedly knew no Greek, who had to read Homer in a translation, should venture on a classic theme" (MacGillivray)--that Keats' supporters thereafter blamed the reviewers for Keats' early death. A superb copy. MacGillivray A2; Ashley III:13; Tinker 1419; Hayward 232



  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 310916
  • Title: Endymion: A Poetic Romance
  • Author: Keats, John
  • Format/binding:Ix, [iii], 207, [1], [4, ads dated 1 May 1818]. 8vo
  • Book condition: Used - Uncut in original publisher's boards, printed paper title label to spine. Minor wear to spine ends, some very light browning
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition, first issue, with imprint on verso of half-title
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: for Taylor and Hessey
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1818
  • Keywords: British | Romanticism | Boards | John Keats
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature; Sets & Fine Bindings;


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