16mo, pp. 242; frontispiece portrait, light waterstain; occasional foxing, else a good copy in original straight-grain cloth, spine gilt.
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The Beauties of Shelley … with portrait of the author.
First and only edition thus, rare. Ascham had published Shelley’s Works in 1834 - although a piracy it was nevertheless the first attempt at a complete collection of his poems, and the text, taken from authorised editions, was surprisingly accurate. The Beauties is a reduced but substantial selection.
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