John Keats / Averil Burleigh (illustrator) - The Poems of John Keats. With 24 colour plates - 1911

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John Keats / Averil Burleigh (illustrator) - The Poems of John Keats. With 24 colour plates - 1911
Illustrated, Literature, Poetry - Quantity: 1 - Book

Publisher’s green cloth with gilt and pale-blue designs to upper board, gilt lettering and decorations to spine, top edges gilt, pictorial endpapers (printed in olive), 24 colour plates (including frontispiece with tissue guard), viii + 360 pages, 19.5 x 13.4 cm.

First Averil Burleigh edition, 1911 (undated).
Published by Chapman & Hall Ltd, London.
Date according to British Library.
In the Burlington Library series.



A collection of works by the Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821), illustrated with 24 colour plates by Averil Burleigh (1883-1949), here working in a style combining Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance influences.

From Liss Fine Arts: “Averil Burleigh: painter and jewellery designer; lived in Hove, Sussex and studied at Brighton School of Art. Her husband was the painter C. H. H. Burleigh, her daughter the artist Veronica Burleigh. She exhibited widely – at the RA, RSA, NEAC, RI, SWA, Sussex Women’s Art Club and RCamA – and was elected an associate of the RWS shortly before she died. She was also a Member of the Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera. Her most characteristic works are brightly painted in tempera, with a strong sense of design. Her subject matter was usually based on classical or medieval subjects, and pretty maidens (often modelled on her daughter Veronica) set in Renaissance landscapes. Her watercolours (and pure landscapes in oil) were handled more loosely but still underpinned by a strong linearity. Brighton Art Gallery held a memorial show in the year of her death.”


Note that this is the true first Averil Burleigh edition, with gilt to the upper board and spine (replaced with yellow in later printings). I can see no other copy currently for sale online.

Contents include:
Poems, Tales, Epistles, Songs and Lyrics, Odes, Sonnets.

Condition:
Contents very clean. Light foxing to first few pages, intermittent foxing elsewhere (mostly light; plates not affected), two hinges stretched, slight bumping to a few corners. Endpapers with a little foxing/offsetting, front pastedown with previous owner’s name. Edges of page block with foxing (intruding slightly into page margins); top with a little tarnishing/scratching to gilt. Binding loose, with lean. Boards and spine with discoloration and marks as shown, bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities, softening to corners; head of spine with two small tears.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Illustrated, Literature, Poetry
Author/ Illustrator
John Keats / Averil Burleigh (illustrator)
Book Title
The Poems of John Keats. With 24 colour plates
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1911
Edition
1st Edition Thus
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Chapman & Hall Ltd, London
Binding/ Material
Hardback
Number of pages
360
Dimensions
19.5×13.4 cm
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