William Wordsworth – The Prelude (limited edition)


This limited edition book was commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of Wordsworth’s greatest poem. Hand-crafted by artist David Esselmont from its paper to its exquisite binding, this edition follows the text of one of the Wordsworth Trust’s greatest treasures, the fair copy of ‘The Prelude’ made by Dorothy Wordsworth in 1805 known as Manuscript A.  It is accompanied by 14 original illustrations by David Esselmont inspired by his reaction to the Lake District landscape.

An illuminating  essay by Dr Robert Woof, the Wordsworth Trust’s first director, traces the changes that were made to the text between the first fragments of 1798 and the poem as it was completed in 1805-6.

This rare edition and masterpiece of bookmaking is a sought-after collector’s item.

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William Wordsworth – The Prelude (Limited Edition Hardback)

Edited by Robert Woof, with watercolours by David Esselmont and a Foreward by Stephen Gill

Publisher: The Wordsworth Trust
ISBN: 905256078
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 1.81kg
Dimensions: 350 x 220 x 55 mm

Publication Date 2007


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Nestled away in a beautiful historic hamlet in Grasmere sits Dove Cottage, home of the great English poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. The Cottage transports visitors back to the early 1800s, where Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her Grasmere journal. Open during winter Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3.20pm). Every purchase supports our work connecting people, communities and poetry. Book your visit on our website: wordsworth.org.uk

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