Milnes, Selections from the Poetical Works of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton, 1st edition (1863)


Richard Monckton Milnes, Selections from the Poetical Works of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (London: John Murray, 1st edn. 1863), viii, 284 pp.

Sextodecimo. Full-leather binding with raised bands and gold stamped borders front and back. Gold-stamped dentilles on binding edges, and dentilles in blind on inner edges. Marbled endpapers and all edges marbled. Scarce first edition.

Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton, FRS (1809-1885) was an English poet, man of letters, and politician. He was a defender of the Oxford Movement and a tireless suitor of Florence Nightingale, but he is today best known as a patron of literature: he secured a pension for Tennyson, helped introduce Ralph Waldo Emerson to the British public, and was one of the earliest champions of Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Most important, his seminal two-volume Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats (1848) almost singlehandedly restored Keats’s reputation. (In this T. S. Eliot later observed that Keats’s letters were ‘certainly the most notable and most important ever written by any English poet’.) Milnes’s vast collection of erotic literature is now held in the British Library.

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DIMENSIONS: 6.88" H x 4.50" W
YEAR: 1863
CONDITION: Very good. All bindings tight and gilt intact. Fading to spine of original plum-coloured (!) binding. Minor foxing to first and last pages. Blank half-title torn out as shown.
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