Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1895. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 183 of 1000, twelve volumes (complete), octavo size, 4133 total pp., Edition de Grand Luxe. Very good. Item #18121203
The poetry of Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) has had prodigious influence on writers and artists for generations; best known for his short lyrical verses, Tennyson wrote poems on a wide array of subjects, including medieval and Greek characters, elegies, battles, and nature; he also wrote many verses in honour of national events during his tenure as Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland. His poems are much beloved and are still often quoted today, and his medieval and mythological subject matter inspired many painters, particularly those of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
This twelve-volume set includes Tennyson's best-known works, including "Locksley Hall", "Ulysses", "Lady of Shallot", "In Memoriam A.H.H.", "Idylls of the King", and many, many more, as well as some of his dramatic works; each volume also contains etchings and engravings by numerous artists, bringing to life the content and characters and complementing the vividness of Tennyson's verses.
DESCRIPTION: Half red leather with marbled paper boards, the spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering, ornaments, and ruled borders, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, red leather turn-ins, marbled endpapers matching the boards, some signatures unopened, especially in Volumes IX-XII, each volume with a different etched or engraved frontispiece, all with lettered tissue guards, title page with different engravings of Tennyson in each volume, etchings and engravings with lettered tissue guards throughout each volume; octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"), pagination: Volume I: [i-v] vi-ix [x-xi] xii-xvi  2-358; Volume II: [i-v] vi-vii [viii-x]  2-342; Volume III: [i-viii] ix-x  2-367; Volume IV: [i-x]  2-358; Volume V: [i-xii] [1-3] 4-319; Volume VI: [i-x] [1-3] 4-303; Volume VII: [i-vii] viii [ix-x] [1-3] 4-334; Volume VIII: [i-vii] viii-ix [x-xi] xii [1-3] 4-326; Volume IX: [i-xii] [1-7] 8-345; Volume X: [i-x] [1-7] 8-316; Volume XI: [i-x] [1-4] 5-309; Volume XII: [i-vi] [1-5] 6-328, one of 1000 copies, this set number 183.
___CONDITION: Set is very good, with clean boards, all boards solidly attached, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; most hinges are solid with a few just beginning to crack, all volumes with some rubbing to the corners, to the edges of the boards, and to the heads and tails of the spines, some volumes with corners gently bumped, foxing to the verso of the front free endpaper and first flyleaf of Volume X, and some slight off-setting onto the lettered tissue guards in all volumes.
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