ARNOLD, MATTHEW. The Strayed Reveller, and Other Poems. By A. London: B. Fellowes 1849. Small 8vo, original dark green cloth, slightly marked, morocco pull-off case. FIRST EDITION of Arnold's third (and first hardcover) book, one of 500 copies printed (most of which, it is traditionally held, were withdrawn from circulation by Arnold shortly after publication), PRESENTATION COPY, apparently to Walter Savage Landor, inscribed by Arnold on the front free endpaper: "From the Author." Tinker 128; Hayward 256. A very good copy.
1. Walter Savage Landor, from a Maggs Bros. June 1921 catalogue description on inside front cover.
2. Hugh Walpole, with his Brackenburn bookplate and 1939 signed inscription on front free endpaper: "For me a great treasure which both Arnold and Landor have handled."
3. Carroll A. Wilson, bookplate. Described in his Thirteen Author Collections of the Nineteenth Century and Five Centuries of Familiar Quotations, New York, 1950, vol. 1, p. 343 ("To a Friend" in The Strayed Reveller contains the familar line, "Who saw life steadily, and saw it whole").
4. H. Bradley Martin, bookplate (sale, Sotheby's New York, 30 April 1990, lot 2562).