London: Macmillan, 1917. First edition. Full crushed green morocco with ornate gilt to boards and a fine inlaid portrait of John Keats under glass to the front cover. Spine with five raised bands and stamped in gilt. All edges and turn-ins brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Front turn-in stamped by Bayntun. Bookplate of W. A. Foyle to front pastedown. Spine gently sunned; light offsetting to endpapers. Internally a clean and fresh copy.
Colvin, a famous art historian and curator who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum as well as the British Museum, championed the English poet John Keats’ artistic life and legacy in this biography. Colvin timed the publication of his biography with the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Keats’ poems. Colvin’s biography of Keats aimed to interest both the general reader as well as specialists. One of Colvin’s notable contributions in John Keats: His Life and Poetry is the emphasis of Keats’ friendships, what Colvin viewed as a core value of Keats himself. Near Fine (Item #3122)