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Idylls of the King [Fore-Edge Painting]. by  Alfred Lord Tennyson - First Edition - 1869 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 123739)

Idylls of the King [Fore-Edge Painting].

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Idylls of the King [Fore-Edge Painting].

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord

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London: Edward Moxon & Co, 1869. Finely bound example with a fore-edge painting of Tennyson's "long-meditated great task" which brought him to fame (Baugh, 1388). Octavo, bound in full red pebbled morocco, spine stamped in gilt in compartments, all edges and turn ins gilt, fore-edge painting with view of The Market Place, Cambridge. In very good condition.

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The Idylls of a King was published between 1859 and 1885 as a collection of 12 narrative poems by the English Poet, Lord Alfred Tennson. The collection regales the legend of King Arthur and his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom. The whole work recounts Arthur's attempt and failure to lift up mankind and create a perfect kingdom, from his coming to power to his death at the hands of the traitor Mordred. Individual poems detail the deeds of various knights, including Lancelot, Geraint, Galahad, and Balin and Balan, and also Merlin and the Lady of the Lake. The poems were dedicated to the late Prince Consort Albert. The Idylls are written in blank verse.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
123739
Title
Idylls of the King [Fore-Edge Painting].
Author
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Book condition
Used
Publisher
Edward Moxon & Co
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1869
Keywords
Alfred Lord Tennyson First Edition, Idylls of the King First Edition

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octavo
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing... [More]
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [More]
edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a... [More]
morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [More]
pebbled
Pebbled cloth or leather describes the covering of a hardcover book with a decorative texture of repeated small raised bumps,... [More]
gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]

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