London: Rest Fenner, 1817.
First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. 5 x 8 inches. Bound in mid 19th Century contemporary three quarter smooth dark brown calf, marbled boards. 296; 309, with half-titles. First edition of arguably Coleridge's most influential work containing a mix of philosophy, criticism and satire, along with a substantial amount of autobiographical detail. Begun as early as 1800, the work deals with the estrangement from the poetics of Wordsworth. The book received criticism later owing to some apparent plagiarism from various authors, probably due to Coleridge's physical state of overwork and stress in putting out this book, with all its personal ramifications. Spines and boards worn, foxing present in areas. Scarce. "Arnold Library, 1862" written on pastedown. Early bookplate.
Price: $750.00 Item #5098