Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold, 1899 - Prize Binding From Exeter School
Full blue calf binding with gilt Exeter School emblem to upper board, gilt design to boards' edges, five raised bands to the spine, each with gilt decoration, extensive gilt design and red title label with gilt lettering to each band. Gilt dentelles to boards' edges and blind dentelles to inner boards, marbled endpapers and outer page edges. A smart binding with slight sunning to the spine and boards' edges as seen in photos, very light surface scratches to the boards and light surface scuffing to base of rear board, otherwise in very good condition. With tissue guard frontispiece of the author, the book is internally clean, with a touch of toning to the endpapers and free endpapers. Exeter School blank prize plate to front endboard.
- Publisher: Macmillan And Co., Limited, London
- Year of Publication: 1899
- Pages: xii, 510pp
- Size: 7 3/8" X 5 1/4"
Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, Matthew Arnold, born in Laleham, Middlesex, on December 24, 1822, began his career as a poet, winning early recognition as a student at the Rugby School where his father, Thomas Arnold, had earned national acclaim as a strict and innovative headmaster. Arnold also studied at Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1844, after completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford, he returned to Rugby as a teacher of classics. After marrying in 1851, Arnold began work as a government school inspector, a grueling position which nonetheless afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout England and the Continent.