The Poetical Works of John Keats, Edited with an Introduction and Textual Notes. - John Keats, H. Buxton Forman (editor) 1946 - Geoffrey Cumberlege, London ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.’

A handsome edition of Keat’s poetry, finely bound by Bayntun Rivière. Arguably the most famous of the romantic poets, the popularity of Keat’s work has stretched easily into the 21st century. Despite a brief life, and a slim selection of work, he has left us with a stunning collection spanning every topic imaginable, from the Greek epics to themes of pastural life and domestic romance.
  John Keats (1795-1821), who died at the age of twenty-five, had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a few magazines. But at each point in his development he took on the challenges of a wide range of poetic forms from the sonnet, to the Spenserian romance, to the Miltonic epic, defining anew their possibilities with his own distinctive fusion of earnest energy, control of conflicting perspectives and forces, poetic self-consciousness, and, occasionally, dry ironic wit. In the case of the English ode he brought its form, in the five great odes of 1819, to its most perfect definition.

Provenance: Katherine Dryer (written over previously written name in blue ink). Ex-Libris of former owner and gift inscription from ‘Jean’ dated 5th November 1947.

The Poetry Foundation, Web.
Octavo (18.5 x 12.5 cm). pp. [2] 496 [2].
  Bound in full tan calf, spine intricately decorated in gilt and with brown morocco label lettered in gilt, double fillet gilt borders to boards, gilt inner dentelles, hand marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, small scratches to boards, minor sunning to spine, faint foxing to endpapers.   Ref: 108713   Price: HK$ 1,800