First edition, first printing. Contemporary vellum covered boards, hand lettered and decorated in colour to the front panel and spine, with matching endpapers, all edges gilt. Frontispiece plate (Christabel) with tissue guard; decorative title page in red and black; monochrome illustrations and illuminated initial capitals throughout. A tight, square, firmly bound copy. The vellum is a little toned and dusty, but the elaborately detailed floral decorations to the front panel remain sharp and bright, while those to the spine are little muted but still clear. The contents are clean throughout, with the merest of spotting to a handful of pages. An attractive, illustrated edition of Coleridge's major works as well as a fine example of late-nineteenth century hand-decoration.
Selected and with an introduction by Andrew Lang (1844-1912). Patten Wilson (1869-1934) was a regular contributor to the short-lived but influential quarterly, 'The Yellow Book' (1894-7), co-founded by Aubrey Beardsley. Following Beardsley's departure (in the wake of Oscar Wilde's arrest and its accompanying hysteria), Wilson played a greater role in the production of the remaining volumes. This selection of Coleridge's poems, published the year following the final appearance of 'The Yellow Book', is an early example of Wilson's work as a book illustrator.
Stock code: 18575