BRIDGES, Robert. Eros & Psyche. A Poem in Twelve Measures. The story done into English from the Latin of Apuleius. London: George Bell and Sons, 1885. First edition. Octavo (176 × 105 mm). pp. [vi], 158, . Titlepage printed in red and black. Head and tail-pieces; initials. Original gilt decorated full vellum, title in gilt on green morocco label on spine; board-edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt; grey-green endpapers. Ex libris William O’Brien, Milltown Park Trust, with label and stamps. Armorial bookplate of Oliver St John Gogarty on front pastedown. Top edge gilt.
Robert Seymour Bridges, OM (1844-1930) was Britain’s poet laureate from 1913 to 1930. A doctor by training, he achieved literary fame only late in life. His poems reflect a deep Christian faith, and he is the author of many well-known hymns. It was through Bridges’ efforts that Gerard Manley Hopkins achieved posthumous fame.