The Poetical Works of George Herbert. Illustrated.

The Poetical Works of George Herbert. Illustrated.
George Herbert (1593-1633 AD) was a prominent British metaphysical poet and church cleric. Much of his poetry is seen as an extension of his faith and had a reaching influence in the lives of poets such as Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and others (Reisman).

His most famous work, "The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations," originally published in 1633 can be found in this book in its three parts: "The Church-porch," "The Church," and "The Church Militant." Before his death, Herbert had the manuscript of "The Temple" delivered to Nicholas Ferrar, who "immediately made arrangements for it to be published." Herbert's work gained wide acceptance, and "[e]leven editions of the book appeared before the end of the seventeenth century" (Reisman). The end of the book contains "Miscellaneous Poems."

The book is impressively bound and has beautiful illustrations throughout which act to illuminate the text and provide accompanying imagery. The fore-edge of the book is embossed in gold with a hatch-mark pattern.
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Reisman, Rosemary M. Canfield. “George Herbert.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2020.
Date Created
1853 AD
George Herbert
R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh
James Nisbet and Co.
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
19th Century
Collecting Areas
English History of Writing Collection
English Printed materials (object genre)
English Religious Poems
English Illumination
English illustrated works (documents)
"Bound by J. Wright" stamped on the bottom of the verso side of the first endpaper.

"To Mary Ann [?] with affectionate love & best wishes -
"Manor House [Waudsworth?] Dec. 18th 1856." written on the recto side of second endpaper.
Bibliographic Citation
Herbert, George. The Poetical Works of George Herbert. Illustrated. Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, 1856.
Accrual Policy
British poetry
Historical binding

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