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Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859
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Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859
Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859
Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859
Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859

Alfred Lord Tennyson Idylls of the King First Edition in Book Form in the Original Cloth 1859

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The First Edition has for sale this rare and collectable antiquarian book, Alfred Tennyson Idylls of the King, which was published by Edward Moxon & Co [London] in 1859.

Idylls of the King contains narrative poems which retells the story of King Arthur and included in this book are: Enid, Vivien, Elaine, and Guinevere.  This is the story of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, adapted from Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur featuring the story of King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere and the fall of Camelot.

The original green boards have a blind stamped decoration to the front board and to the back board, and gilt lettering to the spine.  The boards are in Good condition with the gilt lettering and blind stamped decoration still very clear, but with fading, corner knocks, knocks to the top and bottom of the spine; and cracks to the top and bottom hinges (this is only cosmetic since the binding is structurally sound).  The binding to this 153 year old book is exceptional and has stood the test of time.

There are 261 numbered pages with original yellow endpapers, 8 pages for the publisher’s List of Books bound-in between the front pastedown and the front free endpaper; and the Title Page that bears the date to the bottom of the page and to the top the title Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson, D.C.L., Poet Laureate’.  The pages are in overall Very Good condition being very clean and tightly bound-in to the book with light writing in pencil to the front pastedown; signature in light pencil to the top of the Title Page, and very light and only very occasional spotting to the pages.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first edition first issue of The Idylls of the King with the List of Books to the front of the book dated July 1859 and the reverse of the Title Page being blank.

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.
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