Poetry Books the Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne 1952 Modern Library Poetry Lovers Gift Book for Readers Poetry anthology

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This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 1952 Modern Library. This copy is very good and solid inside and out. The pages inside are clean with no foxing or markings seen and only light natural tanning from age. The binding is tight and straight. Blue hardcover boards under jacket are also very good with only a hint of shelf wear and no wearing to maroon/gold design front cover and lettering along spine. The accompanying dust jacket is good. There is shelf wear to jacket along edges and corners but it is clean and overall good. Inside back of dust jacket shows printed titles of Modern Library series. NOTE: the dust jacket IS price clipped inside front cover (see photo). Crown octavo book size or 5.5" x 8" with 594 pages. Front and back endpapers feature the Modern Library logo.

Modern Library began publishing series of books in 1917. they were extremely popular, especially with students, as they were copies of great literature and topics that were priced for the general public. The publishing firm of Boni Liveright started the series, as the idea stemmed from Albert Boni. The first title published was The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Early editions were published in "pocket book" size for easy carrying to read anywhere and they were bound in leatherette. In 1927, Random House was borne out of Modern Library and pictorial dust jackets were introduced to the series, along with hardcover boards. As publishing changed, Modern Library fell to the wayside but was "reintroduced" in the 1970's. Early editions are collectibles and later titles remain favorites as many collect Modern Library editions of all ages.

Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne from Modern Library is an anthology edited by Charles M. Coffin who also provided the intro. John Donne was a 17th century poet and scholar. He is of the metaphysical poetical era and his work includes sonnets, love poems, religious poems, and more.

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