The Works


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TENNYSON, ALRED LORD. The Works. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894.

8vo, beautifully rebound by Bickers & Son in full burgundy morocco with elaborate gilt floral tooling to both boards, spine with five raised bands and floral gilt pattern in compartments, lettering direct to spine, and inner floral dentelles; marbelled endpapers; a.e.g; pp. [iv], viii, 898, [iv]; a little rubbing to spine and corners; small crack to upper joint expertly repaired; ribbon marker detached but laid in; previous ownership inscription to ff end paper; some offsetting to end papers; the odd very small spot and scratch, else a very handsome copy, very good to fine overall.
Later, first complete edition, with lavish gilt tooling featuring roses and stars.
Tennyson was appointed the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 1850 and held the position for a record 42 years till his death in 1892. This beautifully bound copy was the first to include all of his poetry in its entirety, including The Lady of Shalott, The Lotus Eaters and St. Agnes Eve.
There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.