Happy birthday to a beautiful book!
English poet John Keats published his famous long poem Endymion in the spring of 1818. The first literary reviewers hated it, but over the centuries, the poem and poet’s legacy has grown and it’s now a staple of English poetry anthologies. Even if you’ve never read Endymion, you probably know its first line: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Special Collections owns a first edition of Endymion, bound in the 20th century by the renowned firm of Sangorski & Sutcliffe. It truly is a thing of beauty!