Poems - Robert Bridges 1873 - Basil Montagu Pickering, London - First Edition The first collection of poems by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930), poet, prosodist, anthologist, and typographer, who was considered among the most influential literary figures of the early twentieth century.

Scarce, according to McKay’s
Bibliography, (1933) Bridges said that ’most of this edition was, in fact, destroyed, and very few copies are believed to exist’.

It ‘contains perhaps his greatest short poem, the “
Elegy on a Lady Whom Grief for the Death of Her Betrothed Killed,” a poem comparable only to Dryden’s “Ode to the Memory of Mrs. Ann Killigrew.”... In grace and technical perfection there is nothing to exceed a few poems in the 1873 volume. Bridges ranks with Chaucer, Herrick, and Milton as a metrist, and this command over the formal aspect of poetry was complete from the first.’ - Albert Guerard, Jr.
  Reference: McKay 1.

Small octavo pp. 126 [2]. Publisher’s light blue cloth boards, spine paper label.
  Condition: Very good, wear to corners with small chip to cloth at tail of spine, label rubbed, toning to endpapers (as usually encountered), inner hinges cracked, first few pages loose.   Ref: 108616   Price: HK$ 900