Isabella, or the Pot of Basil
with 6 illustrations by Paul Henry
First edition thus, published as number 14 in the Flowers of Parnassus series. Green cloth boards with gilt titling and simple design to front and spine. Top edge gilt, outer and lower edge untrimmed, some pages uncut. 14.5 × 11.5cm. 81pp + 2pp ad.
John Keats' narrative poem taken from a story in Boccaccio's Decameron. It is the story of a young woman who is to married off to an Italian nobleman but instead falls for his brother. The nobleman's brother is murdered but his ghost tells Isabella in a dream, who then exhumes his body and buries his head in a pot of basil which she tends to whilst mourning.
This edition is illustrated with six full page drawings by Irish artist Paul Henry.
A good plus copy. There is a little bumping to the boards edges and to the corners but the pages are clean, the binding is secure and all plates are present. Previous owner's attractive bookplate to front pastedown.
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