Poems - Alfred Lord Tennyson 1857 - Edward Moxon, Dover Street - First Illustrated Edition ‘It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.’

A superbly bound, illustrated collection of Tennyson’s poetry featuring his celebrated works ‘
Mariana’, ‘The Lotos-Eaters’, ‘Godiva’, and ‘Ulysses’, among many others. Beautifully illustrated with portrait frontispiece and 54 engraved vignettes designed by prominent Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Millais, William Holman Hunt, Thomas Creswick, and Clarkson Stanfield. Many of the artists much-admired Tennyson, and found inspiration from his poems.
  Usually known as the ‘Moxon Tennyson’ after its publisher, this collection was neither a critical nor commercial success upon its first appearance in 1857, partly due to the juxtaposition of different artist styles, and also due to its high price. While the intricate designs of the Pre-Raphaelite artists had a significant impact on late 19th century illustration, heralding a transformation in English engraving, Tennyson disapproved of several of the illustrations, believing the Pre-Raphaelite artists had been allowed too much artistic license.

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was Poet Laureate of Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria. Admired for both his lyrical poems and his verse based on classical and mythological themes, he remains one of Britain’s most popular poets.

References: Paulin, ‘Ten of the Greatest British Poets’
Daily Mail 2010. ‘The Moxon Illustrated Edition of Tennyson’s Poems’ British Library, web.
Small Quarto. pp. xiii [3] 375 [1].

Note on restoration to binding: In April 1983, this binding was professionally restored by Courtland Benson. We thought it important to note the details that they list - ‘Linen has been overcast onto shoulders and inserted into split boards. Spine relined with a new hollow back put on. New calfskin put on and original spine replaced on top. Inner joints repaired with Japanese paper. Leather treated with potassium lactate and leather dressing.’
  Bound in contemporary mottled calf, panels with double gilt fillet borders enclosing elaborate decorative borders with floral motifs, spine in six compartments, tooled in gilt, red morocco title label to spine, elaborately tooled inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, 2 cm closed tear to lower edge of page v, in near fine binding, leather conserved, inner joints repaired and spine re-laid in 1983 by Courtland Benson.   Ref: 107570   Price: HK$ 12,000