EPIPSYCHIDION: Verses Addressed to the Noble and Unfortunate Lady Emilia V - - Now Imprisoned in the Convent of - -
Place Published: [London
Publisher: privately printed
Date Published: 1876]
Edition: Privately printed limited edition (75 copies) reproduction of th
Condition: Rubbing to joints, spine darkened, else very good
Book Id: 21970
Vellum and boards, octavo (6 x 9 inches), 33 pp. Pages 27 - 33 contain "Studies for Epipsychidion and Cancelled Passages." Half-title, title-page, and "Advertisement" are letterpress reproductions of the original 1821 London edition.
Handsome letterpress reprint on Whatman's handmade paper of Shelley's late poem, with added footnotes and the 7 pages of "Studies" gleaned from Mary Shelley's 1839 edition of the poet's works, and from Richard Garnett's 1862 "Relics of Shelley." Prefatory note on verso of half-title signed H.B.F. (Harry Buxton Forman). In his "The Shelley Library: An Essay in Bibliography" (London, 1886) Forman describes this edition at entry No. 64 as ". . . a private octavo reprint of Epipsychidion, of which there are two varieties. Of these No. 64 has no distinctive title-page (though executed the same year as No. 65, 1876), but begins with the fly-title EPIPSYCHIDION/ 2s. with bibliographical note at back; the original title-page is reproduced, with the stanza from Dante at back . . . " The limitations for the "two varieties" are described together in entry No. 65: "The issue of No. 64 was 50 on plain paper, 25 on Whatman's hand-made paper; and 1 on vellum." No. 65 added a new title page dated 1876 and named Forman as editor, limitation was 10 on plain paper, 5 on Whatman's, 5 on vellum. OCLC/Worldcat lists only 2 copies of "No. 64" - 1 at Harvard University Houghton Library, 1 at Yale University Library.