Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004. Hardcover. Octavo size, 640 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJL2215
Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) was both a noted scholar, being considered by many as "one of the greatest scholars who ever lived" as well as a poet, whose poems "wistfully evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside" (n.b., quotes from Wiki).
This volume of his collected works is inexplicably scarce in the trade; it is "the first complete edition of A. E. Housman's poetry, unprecedented in the extent to which it reveals the shaping processes of his poetic thought. The text of the poems published after his death has been corrected from the manuscripts, with all variant readings recorded, and a substantial body of light verse and juvenilia is printed or collected for the first time. The extensive commentary traces the remarkable range of Housman's echoes and allusions - Biblical, Classical, and contemporary - which have never before been explored in such detail, as well as providing information on persons, places, and historical context, the dating of poems, and Housman's linguistic usage" (n.b., from the web site of the Press).
Originally published in 1997, this volume the 2004 reprint.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full glossy paper over boards, black with white lettering and with shades of green and purple on the spine; octavo size (8.75" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-lx, [1-2] 3-580.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing or bumping, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a couple of very light, stray marks on the boards, else fine.
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