""The world is charged with the grandeur of God."
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 750 COPIES, OF HOPKINS'S FIRST BOOK.
"After Hopkins' death, Robert Bridges began to publish a few of Hopkins's most mature poems in anthologies, hoping to prepare the way for wider acceptance of his style. By 1918, Bridges, then poet laureate, judged the time opportune for the first collected edition. It appeared but sold slowly. Not until 1930 was a second edition issued, and thereafter Hopkins' work was recognized as among the most original, powerful, and influential literary accomplishments of his century; it had a marked influence on such leading 20th-century poets as T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and C. Day Lewis" (John Cowie Reid).
London: Humphrey Milford, 1918. Octavo, original half buckram over original blue boards; custom box. Complete with two portraits of Hopkins and two plates of facsimile manuscripts. Neat early (1927) owner signature on front free endpaper. Browning to spine (as usual) with rubbing to spine label; sunning to top of front board; text very clean with only very mild occasional foxing. A very good copy of a rare and important work.
Price: $3,500 .