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Vivien; Guinevere, Tennyson, Alfred

Author Name    Tennyson, Alfred

Title   Vivien; Guinevere

Binding   Decorative Boards

Book Condition   Very Good Minus

Edition   First Edition Thus

Size   Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall

Publisher   London, England Edward Moxon and Co. 1867

Illustrator   Doré, Gustave

Seller ID   006539

Two volumes bound as one. Printed by Swift & Co., London, England. Full blue fabric-based leatherette binding with an elaborate period design in ebony and gilt. Crisp black- and gold-stamped borders and decoration to the front board, large-format gilt titling to the spine, and also with blind-stamped decoration to the rear board. Moderately bumped and abraded spine head and tail and corners. All edges gilt. 17 x 12.25 inches. The text block is firmly bound in. Attractive light purple pastedowns and FEPs. Vivien with 49 numbered pages of text, and with all nine steel-engraved plates called for. Guinevere with 41 numbered pages of text, and with all nine steel-engraved plates called for. All plates drawn by Gustave Doré [1832-1883] and variously engraved by J. H. Baker, W. Ridgway, A. Willmore, J. Godfrey, C. H. Jeens, G. C. Finden, W. Greatbach, E. P. Brandard, J. Stephenson, W. H. Mote, T. O. Barlow and J. Saddler. Plates published December 2, 1867, by E. Moxon, London. It is believed that Moxon was the only publisher ever to commission steel engravings from Doré. All plates are full-page B&W on heavy stock. Each plate with a heavy-duty tissue guard. Due to the presence of the tissue guards virtually no off-setting has occurred. Plate V of Vivien with a very small 1/4 inch piece from the plate adhering to the opposite tissue guard. We can find no foxing to the pages/plates. Hinges tender but holding nicely. Though soundly bound the binding cords are visible at one or two junctures between signatures. Else an exceptionally clean copy, and quite sound and fairly tight. No remainder marks. NOT ex library. Gently read. A Very Good Minus copy. Extremely scarce in any condition. Merlin and Vivien is the fifth narrative poem from Idylls of the King; Guinevere is the tenth. The first set of Idylls, "Enid", "Vivien", "Elaine", and "Guinevere", was published in 1859. Idylls of the King is often read as an allegory of the societal conflicts in Britain during the mid-Victorian era.

Gustave Doré, Idylls of the King

Price = 395.00 USD


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