The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1885) Gustave Dore, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1st

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  • Sold Date: Jul 02, 2014
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Illustrated by Gustave Doré

The American News Company 39 and 49 Chambers Street, New York

No date; circa 1885. Scarce edition; first edition thus. Red buckram (cloth) beveled boards, lt. shelf wear, spine sunning. Beautifully embossed git and black on red cover depicts oil lamp at center, w/ornate floral and laurel leaf egyptian geometric borders and accents . Detailed blind-stamped design at back. Thick, heavy stock, coated pages, fine. Gilded page edges at all sides. Patterned floral endpapers. String-bind good; hinges intact. Includes nineteen dramatic illustrations by Gustave Doré w/decorative accents throughout. Also, a foreword and several page biography of Coleridge. Appears unread; very good example.

Coleridge's masterpiece about a sailor who offends nature by killing a seabird takes the listener on a macabre odyssey that includes brushes with monsters, a ship manned by zombies, and a game of dice with Death. The work of an imagination some say was distorted by opium and alcohol, the poem has retained its power and beauty for over two centuries. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge. Insured post.

"It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of thee...."