New York: Harper and Brothers, 1878. Early Edition. A lovely, Fine copy of this beautifully produced book. The first edition appeared in 1876 (two years before this one), but it's almost impossible to find any copy in the original cloth in this condition.
Coleridge's revolutionary and famed poem was first published in 1798 in Lyrical Ballads, a collection by Wordsworth and Coleridge. This poem – and that collection –heralded the beginning of the Romantic Movement in English Literature. The poem follows a sailor as he relates to a fellow traveler the story of the long and dangerous voyage he has just completed. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is supposed to have been inspired by a conversation Coleridge had with Wordsworth about a book about a naval voyage Wordsworth was reading – in which a mariner shoots an albatross. Although originally met with criticism due to its difficulty and strange and archaic language, the poem is now considered one of the greatest in the English language. In this beautiful large-paper edition, Coleridge's unforgettable language is accompanied by famed illustrator Gustave Dore's renderings of that fateful voyage. Fine (Item #3085)