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Printed  on  Vellum

worthy  of “ this  greatest  newer  lyricist  of  England ”,
whose  timeless  poetry  Shelley  praised
in  his  dolorous  bewailing  of  the  dead  Adonais
on  occasion  of  the  early  burial  by  the  Cestius  pyramid

John Keats, Unpublished Poem

Always  a  number  larger :

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Keats, John. Unpublished Poem To His Sister Fanny, April 1818. Manuscript facsimile with typographic transcription. Introduction by Charles C. Hurd. Boston, The Bibliophile Society, 1909. Small 4to. 22 (recte 20) pp. incl. etched title and imprint. Orig. half vellum with gilt back title. Uncut.

FIRST  EDITION . – ONE  OF  489 COPIES  ON  VELLUM

John Keats, Unpublished Poem

published  exclusively  for  the  members  of  the  Boston  Bibliophile  Society ,

which had bought the manuscript as a present for William K. Birby shortly before.

Printed on double leaves, the pagination of which is confused: Imprint, title, and facsimile numbered inclusive, the other text exclusive of white pages. The facsimile leaves incorrectly bound at the end. – The etched title with the portrait medallions of Keats and Fanny and rich ornamentation. The imprint finely composed with the device of the Society, allegories of a bibliophile, and the imprint proper itself.

Extraordinary  bibliophile  item

worthy of this “greatest newer lyricist of England” (Laaths), who was praised by Shelly in his grieved dirge at the early burial by the Cestius Pyramid in Rome.

John Keats, Unpublished Poem

“ A sheet of a poem of Keats’s remains in so far nothing but a poor sheet of paper, in so far not already the simple calling of this name calls up awesome memory of holy beautiful verses we have read by him and which are so real and present to our soul … ”

(Stefan Zweig on occasion of a Keats autograph).

Binding a little loosed and minimally unfresh. The etchings waved by print, otherwise absolutely fresh. – Irrespective of its for continental standards extremely high vellum edition practically not to be found on the market.

Offer no. 13,091 / EUR  998. / export price EUR  948. (c. US$ 1033.) + shipping


„ Sehr geehrter Herr Niemeyer, Grüß Gott,

Ihre Graphiksendung ist wohlbehalten angekommen. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut über die Schönheit der Blätter und ihren ausgezeichneten Erhaltungszustand. Vielen herzlichen Dank. Mit diesen Blättern kann ich in den entsprechenden Folgen einige schmerzliche Lücken schließen … Nachdem ich Kassensturz gemacht habe, der günstig ausgefallen ist, folgt hier eine weitere Bestellung … Ich hoffe, dass die Blätter nicht inzwischen verkauft wurden …

Mit freundlichen Grüßen nach Padingbüttel “

(Herr W. G., 3. August 2009)