An Uncollected Sonnet by John Keats: Sonnet to Spenser

By: Keats, John

Price: $150.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


A single leaf, approx. 10" x 6 1/4", presenting Keats's sonnet (14 lines), printing imprint at bottom of page. A paragraph of explanation by Adelman explains that the poem offers no proof of its authorship except for the wording itself, which (for him) suffices. Previously unpublished, issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Keats's birth. Limited to 40 copies. Light mottling/foxing to entire leaf, most prominently along right edge, with 1/2" L-shaped closed tear along top edge, 1" triangular loss at bottom left corner. This sonnet is not that by Keats beginning "Spenser! a jealous honourer of thine" but rather runs thus: "I thought of witcheries of olden days -- / Of shaggy satyrs with the cloven heel, / And clashing cymbals -- of the drunken reel, / Of Bacchanals -- of merry-making fays -- / Of branching forests, which from the sun's rays / Shade tender flowers, where in some cool retreat, / They shed their hidden beauty, at the feet / Of huge oak trees; -- of shepherds' simple lays -- / Of nymphs unseen save by their sylvan wooers; -- / Of tinkling rills -- of courteous knights, the doers / Of proud deeds, warring with enchanters curst; -- / And with this pleasing dream, by Fancy nurst; -- / Then, Spenser! did I think of thee, who such tales told, / Sounding like springs from mossy caverns old."

Title: An Uncollected Sonnet by John Keats: Sonnet to Spenser

Author Name: Keats, John

Categories: Poetry,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA, Printed for Seymour Adelman: 1945

Binding: Unbound

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall

Seller ID: 034715