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FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole

FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole

FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole
Folio Society Limited Edition - THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER & OTHER POEMS. The most innovative and influential of all the English Romantic poets, Coleridge was also the least prolific.

Yet what force of genius is contained in his most famous works! From the thrilling mystical power on'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' to the visionary magnificence of'Kubla Khan', these poems reshaped the landscape of English poetry and ensorcelled generations of readers. The inescapable glow of the authentic visionary.

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO ENGLISH LITERATURE. Coleridge stands alongside Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats as one of the principal architects of the Romantic Movement. He forged new paths in poetry, philosophy and criticism, but it is his poems that have earned him pre-eminence.

From Xanadu to the Ancient Mariner and the albatross, Coleridge's poetic images have sunk deep into our cultural consciousness, while whole phrases are frequently quoted:'water, water every where';'a sadder and a wiser man'. This edition unites four famous poems, all written early in Coleridge's career, and exceptionally influential on later writers.

Mary Shelley in Frankenstein, Bram Stoker in Dracula and Herman Melville in Moby Dick all explicitly referred to'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Coleridge had his inspiration for a supernatural ballad when walking in the Quantock Hills with William and Dorothy Wordsworth. In Wordsworth's great work The Prelude (originally entitled'Poem to Coleridge'), the poet recalls how Coleridge'in bewitching words, with happy heart/Did chant the vision of that Ancient Man, /The bright-eyed mariner'. From the initial inspiration, Coleridge laboured for five months, changing a traditional ballad stanza into an astonishingly flexible and musical unit of varying length with intricate internal rhyme, repetition and alliteration.

Lyrical Ballads, the collaboration between Coleridge and Wordsworth, opened with'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. It became the keynote of the book, indeed of English Romanticism as a whole.

Fantastical, supernatural, balad-like but innovative in metre and rhyme - this was poetry as it had not been known before. No wonder it instigated a literary revolution. The poem is a gripping supernatural tale: a voyage into a far southern sea with towering icebergs and the soaring albatross, a ghost story of curse, death and expiation.

On another level it is an allegory of sin and repentance, a mystical account of man's fall from a natural state of Grace through a symbolic killing of innocent and beautiful nature. For some critics, the mariner represents the poet himself: Coleridge wrote of his'Mind shipwrecked by storms of doubt, now mastless, rudderless, shattered, - pulling in the dead swell of a dark and windless Sea'. Just like the wedding guests, halted by the glittering eye of the mariner and unable to break away, the reader is entranced by this visionary poem, carried along by the beauty and passion of the language. It stung me into high pleasure through suffering. When Lord Byron heard Coleridge recite his astonishingly powerful poem'Kubla Khan', he used his considerable influence to ensure that it was published.

The edition also included'Christabel' and'The Pains of Sleep'. It was a daring decision: both'Christabel' and'Kubla Khan' were unfinished'fragments', as Coleridge named them, as well as being dream-like, with meanings that were not easy to pin down. Yet it was their very unfinished nature which made them so evocative and influential. A voice and a vision, an everlasting tune in our mouths. A piece of the invisible world made visible by a sun at midnight and sliding before our eyes..

Christabel' is a masterpiece of Gothic imagery: owls hoot and obscure terrors lurk outside the lonely castle; a beautiful woman with a demonic soul undresses in the moonlight; in a dream, a snake coils about a white dove. Its haunting, enigmatic symbols defy easy narrative explanation, but compel readers to return again and again to the shadowy nightmare scenes of the poem.

Kubla Khan' needs no introduction. Its dream-like, cadenced phrases ring in the memory of anyone who has read it. Coleridge's account of its composition is perhaps the most famous in literature. After taking two grains of opium, Coleridge dreamed a vision of such intensity that when he awoke he instantly began to write the poem.

The final poem,'The Pains of Sleep', is one of Coleridge's most personal, written during a nightmare-ridden period of withdrawal from laudanum, the drug to which he was addicted. It is an outpouring that uncovered his deepest soul, his sense of wasted promise and guilt and his desperate, childlike yearning for love. There is a long history of fine art illustration, and especially wood-engraving, connected with Coleridge.

Gustave Doré was one of the first artists to find inspiration in the poems, followed in the 20. Century by Mervyn Peake, the modernist David Jones and the art-deco artist Willy Pogany. With this limited edition, Harry Brockway joins a distinguished list, He has created a total of sixteen coloured wood-engravings to illustrate the poems.

Each is hand-tipped onto the verso page, set opposite the lines it illustrates. Gold frames also engraved by the artist are printed on the page surrounding the picture. In addition, numerous engraved tail-pieces, the stunning binding design and limitation engraving showcase Brockway's unerring sense of composition and form.

This special limited edition marks a new departure in Brockway's art which will be of great interest to collectors of wood-engraving. Although he has often printed in duo-tone or a single extra colour, this was the first time that Brockway has hand-coloured his prints in watercolour. The results are spectacular - the soft subtle use of palette, the use of white that only an engraver's eye could make so effective, give this book a unique place in his oeuvre as an artist.

Special edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Vellum quarter-binding, spine blocked in 22 carat gold, vellum tips.

Front board blocked in four shades of foil. Endpapers printed letterpress with design by Harry Brockway. Titling calligraphy by Stephen Raw.

Poems set in 24-point Founder's Caslon. Gilding top edge, ribbon marker. Printed on Cordier Wove paper, with hand-torn edges. 16 tipped-in colour plates by Harry Brockway. Presented in a cloth-bound solander box with leather titling label.

CONDITION: Book appears UNREAD and overall in FINE condition with the exception of a small fine hairline surface score to the back board (see photos 7 & 8) and a small area of rubbing to the gilt on the top page edge (see photos 5 & 6). Internally pages are clean and bright throughout.

No tears, inscriptions, bookplates etc.. Solandar box is in FINE condition. All items are sent at cost price whether purchasing a single or multiple items. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "lorna2388" and is located in this country: GB.

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  • Year Printed: 2010
  • Binding: Fine Binding
  • Subject: Poetry
  • Illustrator: Harry Brockway
  • Subject 1: Epics
  • Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Subject 2: Literary Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Folio Society
  • Special Attributes: Limited Edition


FOLIO SOCIETY THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Limited Edition Samuel Taylor Cole