"The world is charged with the grandeur of God."
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 750 COPIES, OF HOPKINS'S FIRST BOOK. CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD'S COPY.
"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).
Provenance: With neat ownership signature of a young Christopher Isherwood (dated 1926 in his hand, when he was 22 years old). An interesting association: The Anglo-American writer Isherwood was famously part of the "Auden group" of writers in the late 1920s and 1930s; Hopkins's poetry was a strong influence on the group, particularly on W.H. Auden. Also with handsome signed bookplate on front pastedown (name unidentified).
London: Humphrey Milford, 1918. Octavo, original half buckram over original blue boards; custom box. Without the legendarily rare dust jacket. Complete with two portraits of Hopkins and two plates of facsimile manuscripts. Mild toning to spine, a little chipping to spine label; boards exceptionally clean. An outstanding copy of an important and influential book, with noted provenance.
Price: $4,800 .