The Illustrated Moxon Tennyson

The 1857 First Edition


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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857).  First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 16cm (4to), in publisher's green ribbed-morocco grain cloth w/gilt urns & elaborate embossed decorations to covers, gilt decorations & title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, pale yellow ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Inscribed "Colbeck Cusquesties[?] Walker, Lissel:n Cr, May 30 1857" to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, & spine sl. sunned); contents Very Good (frequent lt.-to-moderate foxing).  Athenæum 30 May 1857 p.693, White 105, Dalziels 355, Rossetti 2 (p.41), Ashley VII 114, Reid 36-43, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 90.3, Ray 148, Colbeck 25, de Beaumont 374, Woodman A.2-6, Goldman 395.  (Inv. #935)  C$2,000

    As Colbeck claims (see above), "probably issued in cloth of other shades as well [his copy is dark blue], but ... it is very uncommon in any cloth binding, nearly all copies having been bound for presentation in morocco bindings."






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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857).  First illustrated edition, 22.5 x 15.5cm (4to), bound in light green & pink embroidered silk boards backed by beige linen spine w/"Tennyson" embroidered in 2-tone silk & 5 raised bands, a.e. untrimmed, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc., most protected by their original tissue-guards, +tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 2 binder's blanks added to fr. & 2 to rear.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With the bookseller's blindstamp of Dunnill & Palmer, Manchester to original fr. ep.  This is the untrimmed sheets w/the original cloth binding replaced by a more decorative one, but retaining the original pale yellow ep.s.  Binding Good (spine moderately soiled [covers less so], extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & brief presentation inscr. to fr. pastedown); contents Very Good (prelims & final few leaves moderately foxed w/only occas. lt. foxing elsewhere).  Athenæum" 30 May 1857 p.693, White 105, Dalziels 355, Rossetti 2 (p.41), Ashley VII 114 (in dark green cloth), Reid 36-43, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 90.3, Ray 148, Colbeck 26, de Beaumont 374, Woodman A.2-6, Goldman 395.  (Inv. #1270)  C$1,000





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857).  First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), bound in contemp. dark brown morocco w/black borders to covers & spine, gilt title to spine w/4 raised bands, Hercules Walker's monogram embossed to lower spine, a.e.g., red silk ribbon marker, black ruled turn-ins, marbled ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Inscribed "Hercules Walker (Rifle Brigade) from Grace Catherine Lettebridge, March 19th 1860" (Major Hercules W. Walker of the 1st Bn Rifle Brigade is recorded as having served at Sebastopol in the Crimean War), & another prev. owner's sig. & date, all to recto of 1st blank.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & 2nd hinges cracked); contents Very Good (occas. moderate foxing).  Athenæum 30 May 1857 p.693, White 105, Dalziels 355, Rossetti 2 (p.41), Ashley VII 114, Reid 36-43, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 90.3, Ray 148, Colbeck 26, de Beaumont 374, Woodman A.2-6, Goldman 395.  (Inv. #1408)  C$900





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857).  First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), bound in contemp. burgundy morocco w/black ruling to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, 5 raised bands, black ruled turn-ins, a.e.g., green silk ribbon marker, cream ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Binding Good (extremities rubbed w/upper fr. cover-tip chipped, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (occas. foxing).  Athenæum 30 May 1857 p.693, White 105, Dalziels 355, Rossetti 2 (p.41), Ashley VII 114 (in dark green cloth), Reid 36-43, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 90.3, Ray 148, Colbeck 26, de Beaumont 374, Woodman A.2-6, Goldman 395.  (Inv. #962)  C$750





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1857).  First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), bound in black morocco spine over faux-vellum boards w/gilt decorations, title & 5 raised bands to spine, 2 metal clasps, red & white head-&-tail bands, a.e.g. w/gauffered edges, chocolate ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Inscribed to recto of 1st blank: "Sarah H. Brofden from Richard, Sale 1857."  Binding Near-Fine (ep.s chipped at edges); contents Good (1st & final few leaves foxed w/only occas. lt. foxing elsewhere, & a few sections sl. proud).  Athenæum 30 May 1857 p.693, White 105, Dalziels 355, Rossetti 2 (p.41), Ashley VII 114 (in dark green cloth), Reid 36-43, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 90.3, Ray 148, Colbeck 26, de Beaumont 374, Woodman A.2-6, Goldman 395.  (Inv. #989)  C$750





The 1859 Re-Issue

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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  First illustrated edition, second issue, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), in modern ½ brown calf over marbled boards w/gilt trim & burgundy/gilt title label to spine, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/original publisher's red & decorative gilt fr. cover cloth (designed by Albert Warren) laid to fr. pastedown, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Due to the incongruous nature of the designs in the 1857 edition, some sheets remained unsold & were issued w/cancelled titlepages in 1859--the difference between this & the 1859 reprint is determined by the fr. cover's design.  Binding Near-Fine; contents Very Good (moderate foxing to 1st & final few leaves, w/only occas. spotting elsewhere).  Ball 164.  (Inv. #959)  C$300




The 1859 Reprint

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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), sumptuously bound by Edmonds & Remnants (stamped to verso of fr. ep.) in red morocco w/dark red embossed decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, 5 raised bands, silk ribbon marker, gilt gauffered edges, marbled ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Binding Very Good (joints starting, & extremities rubbed); contents Very Good (occas. foxing).  (Inv. #938)  C$300




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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), sumptuously bound in dark green & brown morocco w/elaborate tooled black & gilt decorations & title to covers & spine, 5 raised bands, silk ribbon marker, a.e.g., gilt tooled turn-ins, marbled ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With the armorial bookplate (Spem Sequimur) of Richard G. Ellison to fr. pastedown, & small bookseller's embossed stamp (Hale & Roworth, Manchester) to fr. ep.  Binding Good (joints & hinges cracked, & extremities bumped & worn); contents Very Good (1st & final leaves moderately foxed w/only occas. foxing elsewhere).  (Inv. #1055)  C$300




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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second illustrated edition, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), handsomely bound in reddish-brown calf w/gilt borders to covers & embossed decorations w/5 raised bands to spine, gilt title on burgundy labels to spine, detached silk ribbon marker, a.e.g., decorative gilt turn-ins, floral-on-teal ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With an armorial bookplate to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (spine & edges of covers sl. sunned, extremities moderately bumped & sl. worn, & hinges cracked); contents Near-Fine (minor foxing to 1st & final few leaves)--a remarkably clean copy internally.  (Inv. #1136)  C$350




Slightly Later Issues

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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860).  Early reprint, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), in publisher's navy morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt & embossed decorations & title (designed by Albert Warren, w/his monogram to spine) to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait engraving by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc., +2 leaves from the 1862 Ceremonial to be Observed at the State Opening of the International Exhibition (w/2pp. "Ode by Alfred Tennyson"*) tipped in to rear.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With the decorative bookplate of the Rev. B.W.J. Trevaldwyn (Franks 1905-06 6012, designed in 1903 by W.H. Foster), Rector of St. Martin-by-Looe, Cornwall, to fr. pastedown, & his ink initials to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, hinges mended, & lt. foxing to ep.s); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Ball 164.  (Inv. #779)  C$400

* The source for Thomas J. Wise's ca.1889 forgery (spuriously dated 1862--see Carter & Pollard's Enquiry, and Barker & Collins's Sequel).





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860).  Early reprint, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), in publisher's navy morocco-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt & embossed decorations & title (designed by Albert Warren, w/his monogram to spine) to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Leighton Son & Hodge, Ball 53D) to rear pastedown, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait engraving by Thomas Woolner & 54 in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With the initials of "J.C.W" to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities bumped & worn, & fr. hinge cracked); contents Very Good (1st & final few leaves foxed w/only occas. lt.-to-moderate foxing elsewhere--the engravings are for the most part clean).  (Inv. #1090)  C$300




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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860).  Early reprint, 21.5 x 15.5cm (4to), in contemp. midnight blue morocco (probably the Deluxe Leather issue by Edmonds & Remnants, altho' this copy is not identified as such) w/elaborate gilt decorations to covers & spine, gilt title & 5 raised bands to spine, gilt edges & turn-ins, a.e.g., silk ribbon marker, pale yellow ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait engraving by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, upper rear joint & hinges starting, & moderate foxing to ep.s); contents Very Good (1st & final few leaves foxed w/moderate occas. foxing elsewhere).  (Inv. #1097)  C$300




Binding
Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1860).  Early reprint, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), in ¾ dark brown morocco over lt. brown sand-grain cloth w/gilt ruling to covers & spine, gilt title & 5 raised bands to spine, marbled edges & e.p.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/frontis portrait engraving by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Inscribed to head of half-title: "Julia Mary Ballard with the best wishes of Halliday Douglas, Sept 10th 1861."  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately rubbed, & ep.s foxed); contents Very Good (outer edges of frontis & titlepage mended, & 1st & final few leaves foxed w/only occas. lt. foxing elsewhere).  (Inv. #1192)  C$250




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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [ca.1868]).  "New Edition," 21.5 x 15cm (4to), beautifully bound in contemp. full forest green cushioned morocco w/gilt decorations & title to covers & spine, 5 raised bands, a.e.g., gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi], [1] 2-375 [376] cardstock pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait engraving by Thomas Woolner & 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.  Printed by R. Clay Sons & Taylor, London.  Binding Near-Fine (spine sl. faded); contents Fine--a truly brilliant copy in a gorgeous (but inexplicably unsigned) binding.  (Inv. #1406)  C$500



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