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 & outer edges of rear cover 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. 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$450





The 1859 Reprint

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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second 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$450





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second 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$450





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Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859).  Unstated second 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$450





The 1860 Issue

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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$600

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






Front cover
Rear cover
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$400





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Rear cover
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$400





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$350




The 1862 Issue

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Rear cover
Tennyson, Alfred, POEMS (London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1862).  Early reprint, 21.5 x 15cm (4to), in contemp. tree calf boards w/decorative gilt borders & gilt centre device, gilt title within a black panel to spine, 5 raised bands, decorative gilt turn-ins, a.e.g., marbled ep.s, 375 [xvi] 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.  Signed by Marguerite Parsons to verso of fr. ep.; also w/an 1863 Latin presentation to Clifton W. Collins to recto of 1st blank, & sig. of F.R.A. Parsons to recto of 2nd blank.  Binding Good (rebacked w/brown morocco-grain cloth, extremities moderately bumped, joints starting, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (1st & final few leaves foxed w/only occas. lt. spotting elsewhere).  (Inv. #1102)  C$300



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