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The First Edition has for sale this wonderful Arthurian book, Alfred Tennyson The Holy Grail and Other Poems. Along with a selection of other poems, The Holy Grail and Other Poems features the idyll The Holy Grail and three other idylls namely The Coming of Arthur, Pelleas and Ettarre, and The Passing of Arthur.
Published by Strahan and Co [London] in 1870, this is the first edition of The Holy Grail by Alfred Tennyson in the original green cloth.
The original green cloth has blind stamped decoration to the front board and back board, and gilt lettering to the spine. The boards are in Very Good condition, but with light marks; and with knocks to the corners and to the top and bottom of the spine. This is an extremely attractive set of boards.
There are 222 numbered pages with two pages of advertisements to the end of the book, and brown endpapers to the front and rear of the book. The pages are very clean and in Very Good condition, but with small paper adhered to the front and rear endpapers; small retailer’s label adhered to the reverse of the front free endpaper (part detached); small paper adhered to the endpapers, very light and very occasional marks to the pages of this book, which are still tightly bound-in after 142 years.
This is an exceptionally collectable Alfred Tennyson first edition book on the Arthurian legend that will make a wonderful addition to any Alfred Tennyson book collection, or any collection of Arthurian books or poetry books. This is a great book on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.