One of Calla's finest facsimile editions yet. Coleridge's epic poem, profusely illustrated on every page, including all calligraphy and ornate framed borders, full color plates, and 2nd and 3rd colors highlighting b&w drawings. It's a masterpiece created in 1910 by Willy Pogány, very early in his long career. The cover itself is a masterpiece of design.
Pogány's interpretation of the strange and gripping tale, told by the sole survivor of a cursed voyage, constitutes a wondrously dramatic marriage of words and images, of angles and the surreal landscape of a sea that has become becalmed, the enemy of every sailor.
Pogány's vision offers the print equivalent of a medieval manuscript, rich in sumptuously hand-lettered text, decorative borders, illuminated scripts, and numerous marginal illustrations as well as 20 full-page color plates. A handy, plain text version of the poem can be downloaded for free from the Dover website after purchase.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772--1834) was a founder of the English Romantic movement and a member of the Lake Poets. A contemporary of Wordsworth and Shelley, he created an enormously influential body of poetry and literary criticism. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is his masterpiece.
In addition to his work as an illustrator of children's books and classics (including the three Tennyson books, directly after this was done), Hungarian-born artist Willy Pogány (1882--1955) served as an art director on several Hollywood films, including Fashions of 1934 and Dames. He was also an author and teacher whose instructive manuals include Dover's Drawing Lessons.