Presented 'From the author'
WORDSWORTH, William. Yarrow Revisited, and other poems. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, Paternoster-Row; and Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1835.
8vo., half brown morocco over marbled boards and fringed in gilt; spine with raised bands with gilt in compartments and gilt lettering, decoration, and roses; upper edge gilt, else uncut; brown and gold reflective marbelled end papers; pp. [ii], xvi, 349, [iii]; some light wear to edges and hinges, light yellowing to end papers in accordance with age, and the odd mark; nonetheless, this remains a very good (near fine) copy.
First edition presentation copy, with secretarial inscription 'from the Author' to the half title.
Yarrow Revisited was the last collection of poems published in Wordworth's lifetime, and was composed after a tour of Scotland and the English Border in the autumn of 1831. Including titles such as 'Highland Hut' and 'The Black Stones of Iona', it centeres on the Yarrow River region in Scotland, and includes many of Wordsworth’s finest later lyrics. Many of the poems are dedicated to his friends and contemporaries, beginning with Samuel Rogers "as a testimony of friendship, and an acknowldgement of intellectual obligations", and the first sonnet is in honor of Sir Walter Scott, who shared Wordsworth’s love, and literary use, of the Yarrow region. As he puts it in the poetic postscript to this anthology, Wordsworth’s spiritual tendency to “bend in reverence To Nature, and the power of human minds,” assisted by an intellect not “unpracticed in the strife of phrase,” results in poems that “Deal boldly with substantial things” and speak “To men as they are men within themselves.”
A charming, incredibly scarce copy of this collection, including many of Wordsworth’s best later poems.