London: Robt. Riviere & Son, Ltd., [c. 1900]. Bound in full polished calf by Riviere. Bright and ornate gilt to spine and boards with gilt dentelles and turnouts. All edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Frontis portrait of Christina Rossetti. Introduction by the poet Alice Meynell. Typeface in black and red throughout. Overall an exceptionally lovely copy of Christina Rossetti's most important works. Housed in a red cloth slipcase.
Best known for her poems The Goblin Market, The Convent Threshold, and Up Hill, Christina Rossetti's work encapsulated the romanticism of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. "There is, I think, more passion in [her work] than in any other poem by a woman," Alice Meynell writes in her introduction. Hailed as one of the great women writers of the century, Rossetti's short poems and longer allegories are "haunted by an ideal of spiritual purity," but beneath that "lay a passionate and sensuous temperament, a keen critical perception, and a lively sense of humor" that led to her creative success. Bound in an exceptionally lovely Riviere binding fitting of the poet's words. Fine (Item #2525)