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The Angel in the House | Books I (1) and II (2) by Coventry Patmore: The First Editions Collated with His Original Holograph Manuscript

Aske, Patricia [Compiled by] and Ian Anstruther [Edited by]. Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (23 July 1823 - 26 November 1896) was an English poet and critic best known for this book 'The Angel in the House', his narrative poem about the Victorian ideal of a happy marriage.


(Book #ID 99878)

Published by Haggerston Press, 38 Kensington Place, London and Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts First Edition 1998. 1998.

Uniform matching first collated edition hard back binding in publisher's original quarter nutmeg brown cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spines, marble paper sides, terracotta end papers. 4to. 9'' x 9˝''. Two volumes. The first volume presents, on each two-page spread, a facsimile of the manuscript on the left-hand page (column 1). On the right-hand page there is a printed transcription of the manuscript (column 2), each line as it appeared in the first edition (column 4), while column 3 is used to highlight variants between manuscript and printed versions. Finally, column 5 shows the location in the first edition of lines which have been moved from their position in the manuscript and those manuscript lines which never found their way into the printed version. The second volume provides facsimile printings of the first editions of the two books on the poem: The Betrothal (1854) and The Espousals (1856). Contents Volume I: colour frontispiece (xxii)-3, 127. Volume II: The Betrothal and The Espousals facsimiles. Both volumes in Fine condition, housed in matching terracotta paper covered open fronted slip case with small rubbing of the paper to the bottom front corner. Heavy volumes 2.3 kg, extra postage will be requested over and above our default setting for destinations outside the UK. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 1869812158

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