Our current selection of titles on the subject of Literary Criticism.

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"A SPECIMEN OF A COMMENTARY ON SHAKESPEARE. by Walter Whiter. 1794.

Hardcover Edition in burgundy hardcovers, published by the Scolar Press, Yorkshire in 1794. Dimensions: 23cm x 14.5cm approx.

A facsimile copy of this "remarkably forward-looking critical essay", first published in 1794.

259 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"SHAKESPEARE'S DRAMATIC ART: and his Relation to Calderon and Goethe." by Dr. Hermann Ulrici. 1846.

Hardcover First UK Edition in decorated cloth covers, published by Chapman Brothers, London in 1846. Dimensions: 23cm x 16cm.

An interesting work on Shakespeare translated from the original German.

554 pages plus publishers advertisements.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with just a bookplate to the front paste-down. Heavey wear/fading/rubbing/marking to hardcovers. Corners bumped and some shelf wear. Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Spine covering becoming a bit loose on the block. Binding tight.

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"ELIZABETHAN CRITICAL ESSAYS" Vol I. Edited with an Introduction by G. Gregory Smith. 1904.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcover, published by Oxford University Press in 1904. Dimensions: 20.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

Please note that this is volume I only. A collection of Elizabethan writings on the subject of literary criticism including pieces by Roger Ascham, Richard Willes, George Gascoigne, George Whetstone, Thomas Lodge, Spenser-Harvey, "E. K.", Richard Stanyhurst, Sir Philip Sydney, King James VI, William Webbe, Abraham Fraunce, and Thomas Nash.

 430 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Spine beginning to split at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some pencil markings, minor edge wear and a few minor marks. Binding quite tight.

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"PATRIOTISM IN LITERATURE" by John Drinkwater.  1924.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by Williams and Norgate, London in 1924.  Dimensions: 17cm x 11cm approx. 

An interesting volume that looks at patriotism from the perspective of the Statesman, Soldier, and Citizen and much more.

255 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine rather shaken. Internal pages good but yellowed. Binding tight.

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"THE ART AND CRAFT OF HUMOROUS WRITING" by D. Nevill Howard.  1930.

Hardcover Second Edition in beige cloth covers, published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, London in 1930.  Dimensions: 17cm x 11cm approx. 

An interesting little book that provides keen writers of humour with advice on where to get ideas, style and treatment, article and sketch writing and much more.

83 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"STUDIES IN HUMANISM" by J. W. Mackail.  1938.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Longmans, Green & Co, London in 1938.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A collection of papers written over a "good many years" by the author on the subject of "humanism as an expression of the human spirit." Chapters include "The Pursuit of Poetry", "The Italy of Virgil and Dante", "The Pilgrim's Progress", "Bentley's Milton", "Ruskin" and more.

271 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings that has been rebound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine very slightly skewed.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"THE STORY OF THE WORLD'S LITERATURE" by John Macy.  1927.

Hardcover First Edition in dark green gilt embossed cloth covers, published by George G. Harrap & Co, Ltd, London in 1927.  Dimensions: 25cm x 17cm approx. 

An interesting volume that covers literature from the East, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, pre-nineteenth century writing, and post-nineteenth century writing. Illustrated with a number of full page plates and numerous illustrations in the text by Onorio Ruotolo.

512 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at title page. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"A GENERAL SKETCH OF EUROPEAN LITERATURE IN THE CENTURIES OF ROMANCE" by Laurie Magnus.   1918.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by the Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd, London in 1918.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx. 

Intended as the first of three volumes on the subject (we are not sure if the other two were written and published), this interesting volume tells the story of European literature from the twelfth century up to 1637 - the year of the foundation of the French Academy and of Richelieu's enrolment of Corneille.

411 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and starting to come away from binding. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and edge wear and some light foxing to preliminary pages. Binding tight.

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"ESSAYS IN ROMANTIC LITERATURE" by George Wyndham.   1919.

Hardcover First Edition (first re-print) in blue cloth covers, published by Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London in 1919.  Dimensions: 23cm x 16cm approx. 

7 essays on the subject of Romantic Literature as follow: "The Springs of Romance in the Literature of Europe", "The Poetry of the Prison", "Ronsard and La Pleiade", North's Plutarch", "The Poems of Shakespeare", "Elizabethan Adventure in Elizabethan Literature", and "Sir Walter Scott". Edited by Charles Whibley.

438 untrimmed pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at title page. Internal pages good with yellowing to preliminary pages. Binding tight.

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"CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN WRITERS" by William A. Drake.  c.1928.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by George G. Harrap & Co, Ltd, London.  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1928.  Dimensions: 21cm x 15cm approx. 

An interesting look at the writers of the time including Marcel Proust, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Cocteau, Franz Werfel, Thomas Mann, Kostes Palamas, Vladimir Mayakovsky and numerous others.

407 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and edge wear. Binding tight.

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"AMERICAN AND BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 1890" by Carl & Mark Van Doren.   1925.

Hardcover "Students" Edition in black cloth covers, published by the Century Co in 1925.  Dimensions: 20.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An interesting look Poetry, Prose Fiction, Drama, and Essayists from both sides of the Atlantic. Also includes a chapter devoted to Irish Literature.

350 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and edge wear. Binding tight.

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"AMERICAN LITERATURE IN 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND" by Clarence Gohdes.  1944.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by Columbia University Press, New York in 1944.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. Has a stamp to the front free endpaper stating "Review Copy May,10, 1944".

"....meant primarily for specialists in American literary history, for students of the Victorian Age, and for political historians who are particularly interested in Anglo-American relations."

191 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with just some yellowing. Binding tight.

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"EXPRESSION IN AMERICA" by Ludwig Lewisohn.   1932.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth covers, published by the Harper & Brothers, New York in 1932.  Dimensions: 24.5cm x 16.5cm approx. 

A comprehensive look at the development of American Literature. Chapters include "Beginnings", "The Polite Writers", "The Transcendentalist Revolt", "The Troubled Romancers" and much more.

624 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and edge wear. Binding tight.

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"GOETHE'S MAJOR PLAYS"  by Ronald Peacock.  1950.

Hardcover Edition in red cloth covers with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Manchester University Press in 1970.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14cm approx.

An interesting look at Goethe's plays that covers "Gotz von Berlichingen", "Clavigo, Stella, Egmont", "Iphigenie auf Tauris", "Torquato Tasso", "Faust Part One" and "General Features of Goethe's Major Plays".

236 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking and fading to dustcover and cloth covers. Dustcover has some minor damage mainly to spine. Cloth covers slightly warped. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"YOU ENGLISH WORDS - A Book About Them"  by John Moore.  1961.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Collins, London in 1961.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

John Moore better known in literary circles for the "Brensham Trilogy" amongst other things. In this volume he writes about "the fun, the excitement, the wonder, and the sense of adventurous exploration among the minds of men, which in as reader and writer I have found in my dealings with words."

288 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking and fading to dustcover and cloth covers. Dustcover has some minor damage mainly to spine and leading edges.  Cloth covers also have some minor damage. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"ACCOMODATING BROCOLLI IN THE CEMETARY or Why Can't Anybody Spell?"  by Vivian Cook.  2004.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover with original dustcover, published by Profile Books, London in 2004.    Dimensions: 18.5cm x 11.5cm approx. 

A funny, interesting and stimulating book that looks at spelling in the English language. A general celebration of spelling.

152 pages.

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing/fading to dustcover. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"THE HERO - A Study in Tradition, Myth, and Drama"  by Lord Raglan.  1936.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers with original dustcover, published by Methuen & Co, Ltd, London in 1936.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx. 

An interesting study into the unique position occupied by the Hero in mythology, ritual, literature and drama.

311 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover and covers. Internal pages good with some yellowing and foxing to page edges. Binding tight.

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"INTRODUCTION TO THE LITERATURE OF EUROPE IN THE FIFTEENTH, SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTETH CENTURIES"  by Henry Hallam.  Vol I.  1872.

Hardcover New Edition in embossed blue full calf covers, published by John Murray, London in 1872.  Dimensions: 18cm x 12.5cm approx.  Book plate from the Bristol Centre of the Cambridge University Local Examination Board for first prize in Latin - awarded to C. R. Whitaker of W. Webster's School, Bath. 

Volume I only of a four volume set.  The book is a detailed look at European Literature between the 14th and 18th Centuries and a huge amount of material.

480 pages with frontispiece illustration.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"THE LANGUAGE OF THACKERAY"  by K. C. Phillipps.  1978.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Andre Deutsch, London in 1978 as part of their "Language Library" series.    Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An interesting book that "examines tha changes in usage from the Regency to the Victorian period, mid-Victorian slang, class distinctions as revealed in dialogue and modes of address, and one technique of which Thackeray is an acknowledged master: the invention of wittily-appropriate proper names."

205 pages.

Condition: Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing to dustcover. Cloth covers good. Internal pages very good with the exception of a minor mark to the front free endpaper. Binding tight.

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"SEXUALITY AND FEMINISM IN SHELLEY"  by Nathaniel Brown.  1979.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Harvard University Press, London in 1979. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An interesting volume which is "an analysis of sexual attitudes and practices in the Romantic period, and a contribution to the history of feminism."  "Shelley is shown to have anticipated in many ways the work of modern students of human sexual behaviour."

298 pages.

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing to dustcover and spine faded. Cloth covers good. Internal pages very good with the eaception of a small dent to a number of early pages. Binding tight.

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