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Antique Book Set - Leather Bound Limited Edition Works of Keats and Shelley in Art Nouveau Bindings - British Romantic Poets - Vintage Book - Stomping Grounds
Author: Various
Binding: Leatherbound
Category: Classics
Condition: See Description

Antique Book Set - Leather Bound Limited Edition Works of Keats and Shelley in Art Nouveau Bindings - British Romantic Poets

  • $650.00


This stunning set of antique books includes 12 volumes and is complete. It was published by Virtue and Company and shows a copyright date of 1905. The set includes four volumes of "Keat's Complete Works and Life" and eight of "Shelley's Complete Works and Life." The books are bound in beautiful cases of Art Nouveau tooled leather and marbled boards with four raised bands along their spines. The spines are decorated with a gold "Laurel" floral design, refined with reddish highlights on the blossoming flowers. The books have marbled endpapers and gilt top closed edges. Each volume contains a frontispiece with a tissue guard. Each volume states that is is part of the "Laurel Edition," limited to 1000 copies, of which this example is #25.

Generally speaking the set remains in good plus condition. The pages of the books are clean. Their bindings are sturdy with only a few weakened hinges here and there. Some volumes have some nicks and bruises to their bindings, mostly minor, although Volume VII of the Shelley has a chip at its lower spine, and Volume III of the Keats set has a deeper scar along its upper front board (shown above.) The gilt tooled "Laurel" floral design remains in slightly worn but still generally good shape on the book spines, although a good portion of the red highlighting has worn off.

The books in this set measure 9 1/4 inches tall. Together they will require about 22 inches of linear shelf space. The set is exceptionally hard to find and recommended to folks who value having an exquisite home library, or to fans of these two famous English romantics, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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