1869 Idylls of the King
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Early Edition, Leather Binding, Rebound
This leather bound, early edition of Alfred Tennyson's collection of poems that explore the legends of King Arthur, compiles four verses: 'Enid', in its original single story form, 'Vivien', which tells of the sordid affair between Merlin and the Lady of the Lake, 'Elaine', telling of her doomed love for Lancelot, and 'Guinevere', which follows the shamed queen's exile to a convent. The collection of poetry was viewed as an allegory for Victorian society, lent weight by Tennyson's position as poet laureate, with themes in the work exploring the 'stainless gentlemen', Romantic appreciations of nature, anxiety over gender role reversals, and the idea of 'courtly love'. Early edition, featuring only four verses, rather than including all twelve featured in later editions. Previous owner's inscription to the recto of the front free end paper: 'A. B. Buchanan'. A fantastical work of tales from the legendary King Arthur's realm, Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King' explores conflicts in both his mythological world and the contemporary society around him.
Rebound in full calf. Externally, generally smart, with some fading to the spine, shelfwear to the head and tail of the spine and extremities, and some handling marks to the spine and boards. Internally, generally firmly bound, but strained in places, particularly to the very front. The pages are generally bright and clean, with handling marks in places throughout, and some spotting to the front and rear few pages.
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