- Blunden, Edmund
Leigh Hunt and His Circle
Harper Brothers Puplishers [sic], New York, 1930, Cloth, , First Edition, Good+ /No Jacket
402 pp. Spine has faded and has 1/4-inch tear at top which is holding up nicely. Nicely done p.o. bookplate on pastedown. Would be VG+ but for spine problems. P.O. Bookplate on pastedown. Stated First Edition (F-E)CONTENTS: Preface; I Parentalia. 1750-1791; II The Fortunate Bluecoat Boy. 1791-1799; III Ver et Venus. 1800-1803; IV The Three Brothers. 1804-808; V 'The Examiner' in Action. 1808-1811; VI The Wit in the Dungeon. 1811-1814; VII The Descent of Liberty. 1814-1815; VIII Young Poets. 1815-1817; IX With Shelley. 1817-1818; X Music and Discord. 1817-1819; XI The Friend of Keats. 1819-1821; XII Won and Lost. 1822; XIII Byron Stands in Shelley's Place. 1822-1823; XIV North and South. 1823-1824; XV The Refugee. 1825-1827; XVI The Book about Byron. 1828-1832; XVII Hunt at Fifty. 1830-1835; XVIII Ghosts of Chelsea. 1834-1840; XIX The Poetical Horizon. 1840-1847; XX The Youngest Son. 1847-1852; XXI The Great Beneficence.1852-1859; XXII Kensal Green and Beyond; Appendices: I A List of Leigh Hunt's Works; II A View of his Intimate Circle. By Thornton Hunt; Ill His Collection of Locks of Hair; IV Some Authorities; ILLUSTRATIONS: Leigh Hunt, aged 36. engraved by J. C. Armytage (from an unfinished miniature by Joseph Severn) Frontispiece; Leigh Hunt, aged about 7 yeers (from a miniature); A corner of Christ's Hospital in Leigh Hunt's day; Leigh Hunt's Chelsea; Leigh Hunt in theatrical costume (from an oil painting probably by B. R. Haydon); Charles Lamb. (The artist was at Christ's Hospital in Hunt's day); The Vale of Health, Hampstead, showing Hunt's house (from an engraving of 1827); Thomas Moore; Keats, by Marianne Hunt (from a silhouette in the possession of the Rt. Hen. Sir William Bull, Bart.); Byron. Mrs. Hunt's silhouette; Shelley. Wyon's medallion, based on Mrs. Hunt's bust of Shelley; Leigh Hunt, aged 50, author of Byron and His Contemporaries; Leigh Hunt, G. H. Lewes, Vincent Hunt, and W. B. Scott (etched by W. B. S.); Tennyson; Leigh Hunt, by his wife (from a silhouette in the possession of the Rt. Hon. Sir William Bull, Bart.); Leigh Hunt's monument in Kensal Green cemetary; Appendix III: Leigh Hunt's collection of locks of hair: 'We pass to that of the next friend, admirable also for his genius and only less dear to us, because we had not had occasion to know him under so many endearing circumstances. How we loved him, need not be added. Mr. Keats’ hair was remarkable for its beauty,—its flowing grace and fineness. It was a kind of ideal, poetical hair; and the locks we possess (for we have two) are beautiful specimens, calling up the instant admiration of the spectators. They are long, thick, exquisitely fine, and running into ringlets. The colour is brown, of that sort which has a yellowish look in it in some lights, and a darker one or auburn in others. They remind us of the love-locks of the cavaliers. Colonel Hutchinson might have had such, or young Milton. They are tresses--things rarely seen nowadays, of a natural growth, on the heads of young men: and remember the poet was a young man, and manly in spirit as his locks were beautiful.'