[Philip James Bailey, Victorian ‘spasmodic’ poet.] Autograph Document Signed, giving a ten-line extract from his celebrated poem, ‘Festus’.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902), Victorian poet, author of ‘Festus’ and considered the father of the ‘spasmodic’ school of verse
Publication details: 
‘Blackheath / May 14th. 1888.’
SKU: 26018

Bailey’s entry in the Oxford DNB describes the ‘remarkable popularity’ of the second edition of Festus in America: ‘seventeen ‘editions’ of a version pirated in Boston were called for in the first nine years, and it was also reprinted numerous times in Philadelphia, Louisville, and New York. Bailey became something of a 'lion' for visiting Americans of the transcendental stamp’, with Hawthorne visiting in the 1850s. 1p, 8vo. On brittle woodpulp paper, now discoloured with chipping to edges (resulting in loss to the word ‘Festus’ at the head) and with closed tears to the two folds. Attempts have been made to strengthen the reverse. Good clear bold signature ‘Ph J Bailey’, unaffected by any damage. Headed ‘(From “Fe[stu]s”)’, and beginning: ‘Amid all life’s quests’ and with the final line ‘Each other’s rights and wrongs. Thus are we men.’