1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.
1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.

1898 Rare First Edition - The Sensitive Plant by Shelley illustrated by Laurence Housman.

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Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley. Laurence Housman, illustrator.
Title:  The Sensitive Plant.
Publisher: London, Aldine House, 1898. First Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8.5" X 6".
Pages: 60 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original gilt decorated full-cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing and toning - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the twelve wonderful illustrations by Laurence Housman.

Estimate: (USD 400 - USD 500)

The book: "Delve into the ethereal beauty of "The Sensitive Plant," a poetic masterpiece by Percy Bysshe Shelley, brought to life in this rare 1898 first edition graced with the illustrative artistry of Laurence Housman. Shelley's narrative poem unfolds the tragic and enchanting tale of a Sensitive Plant in a garden that flourishes with an almost otherworldly spirit. This poetic allegory explores themes of love, loss, and the transient nature of beauty, reflecting the Romantic era's deep fascination with emotion and the sublime.

As the story traverses through the seasons, the fate of the Sensitive Plant and its surrounding flora encapsulates a poignant metaphor for human sensitivity and the ephemeral quality of life. Housman’s evocative illustrations heighten the sensory experience, creating a visual symphony that echoes the tender and melancholic tones of Shelley’s verse."

The author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, known for his powerful and expressive verse. Shelley's work is characterized by his use of vivid imagery and his philosophical themes.

The illustrator
: Laurence Housman (1865-1959) was an English playwright, writer, and illustrator. Housman's illustrations, marked by their intricate detail and emotive quality, complement Shelley's visionary poetry, making this edition a remarkable confluence of literary and artistic talent.



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