KEATS, John (1795-1821). Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. London: by Thomas Davison for Taylor and Hessey, 1820.
12° (174 x 100mm). Half-title. (Very light browning and occasional spotting, without the 4 leaves of advertisements noted by MacGillivray at the end of 'some copies'.) Late 19th-century crushed green morocco gilt by F. Bedford, the covers with gilt triple fillet border, gilt board edges, roll-tooled gilt turn-ins, the spine gilt in 6 compartments divided by raised bands, titled in one compartment, the other compartments elaborately decorated with central flower-vase tools surrounded by floral and other tools, gilt edges (spine and edges of boards slightly darkened, very light rubbing on extremities). Provenance: John Delaware Lewis (1828-1884, armorial bookplate); 'Bought Bain 1918' (inscription on front free endpaper); Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, third Viscount Esher (1881-1963, armorial bookplate); Esher sale, Sotheby's, the second portion commencing 20 May 1946, lot 1037 (to); Spencer.
FIRST EDITION. A FINELY-BOUND COPY FROM THE LIBRARIES OF JOHN DELAWARE LEWIS AND VISCOUNT ESHER. John Delaware Lewis was born of English parents in St Petersburg, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he published Sketches of Cantabs (London: 1849). He followed both judicial and political careers in the following years, sitting as a liberal in the House of Commons for Devonport between 1868 and 1874, whilst pursuing his career as a 'versatile scholar, who wrote as well in French as in English' (DNB XI, p.1067). His other publications included D.J. Juvenalis Satiriae, with a literal prose translation and notes (London: 1873), The Letters of the Younger Pliny (London: 1879) and Causes célèbres (Paris: 1883). The present volume was subsequently acquired by Oliver Brett, Viscount Esher, and is described in his catalogue of The Modern Library at Watlington Park ([London]: 1930) on p.161. Brett's other works include The Reckoning. A dramatic poem (London: 1905), A Defence of Liberty (London: 1920) and Wellington (London: 1928). Hayward 233; MacGillivray 3.