A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]. Algernon Charles Swinburne.
A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]
A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]
A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]
A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]
A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]

A Century of Roundels [in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET]

London: 1883. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing in a Very Good + copy of the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET (being the oldest Chatto and Windus dust jacket available on the market as of the time of this listing). The volume shows some bubbling to the cloth as well as some rubbing to the board corners and the dust jacket shows some variation in colour relatively modest wear and tear, and a vertical fold to the rear flap, as well as a few quite small stains. The book contains a group of Roundels, a form of Poetry created by Swinburne and which he described as "...wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere, With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought." As an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford, during the late 1850s Swinburne came under the influence of a French revival of medieval poemes a forme fixe (i.e. poems in a fixed form), such as the ballade, rondeau, rondel, and triolet. These forms in had been established by Poets such as Duke Charles d'Orleans and Francois Villon. Swinburne and others (such as Austin Dobson, Edward Dowden, W. H. Henley, Andrew Lang, and R. L. Stevenson) had, by the 1870s, popularized these medieval French fixed forms in England. Swinburne reworked Villon's rondeau to invent his "roundel" publishing "A Century of Roundels" in 1883. A Roundel is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: "an English modified rondeau", by Collins Dictionary as: "a form of rondeau consisting of three stanzas each of three lines with a refrain after the first and the third" and Wikipedia, which credits Swinburne with having invented the Roundel, describes a Roundel as consisting "of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A R ; B A B ; A B A R ; where R is the refrain. Copies of this work are rather uncommon to the market and copies in the original dust jacket are as scarce as hen's teeth. A Very Good + copy of this notable Algernon Swinburne work in the EXCEEDINGLY RARE DUST JACKET. Very good + / very good +. Item #2975

Price: $2,500.00