A Century of French Verse: Brief biographical and critical notices of thirty three French poets of the nineteenth century with experimental translations of their poems.

London. A.D. Innes & Co. 1895. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 22cm, first edition, xxxviii,347 p., in fine signed binding "Bayntun, Binder, Bath", in half crimson crushed morocco, blind ruled raised bands, full ornate repeated gilt device decorations in the panels, two gilt title panels, gilt ruled on pink marble boards, and matched endpapers, t.e.g., unobtrusive occasional slight edge wear, a fine copy (ho2.2). ~ An anthology of French nineteenth century poetry starting with Andre Chenier and ending with Jean Moreas and including Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant. With a significant introductory essay on French poetry of the century by translator, William John Robertson (1846 1894). Translations of poetry are difficult and Robertson's were noted in contemporary reviews as being faithful representations of the originals. The contemporary binding is exemplary, with exquisite spine decoration, Signed by the prominent Victorian book binders, " Bayntun Binder, Bath" Item #35970

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