2 June 2004
KEATS, John (1795-1821). Poems. London: C. and J. Ollier, 1817.
Small 8° (171 x 101mm). Title with wood-engraved bust of Spenser. Uncut in original drab boards, manuscript title on spine (spine slightly chipped at head and foot, lacking paper label); 20th-century brown morocco slipcase and cloth chemise.
AN ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. This first collection of poems was dedicated to Leigh Hunt and included the sonnet 'Written on the Day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left prison.' However, the association with Hunt, who had undoubtedly exercised a poetical influence on Keats, helped to bias critical opinion against him, and both were satirised for belonging to the 'cockney school' of poetry. Ashley III, p. 9; Hayward 231; MacGillivray 1.
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