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Tennyson, Alfred

In the nineteenth century Alfred Lord Tennyson was described as one of the most famous three people alive – alongside Queen Victoria and Prime Minister William Gladstone. Tennyson was poet laureate for more than forty years and was one of the best selling poets of his day.

The style displayed in some of his poetry was a brand all his own. Lyrical and almost punchy - particularly in the early part of his career – Tennyson wrote about contemporaneous events, Arthurian legend and human loneliness. Writing for more than sixty years, with poems like The Lady of Shallot, Ulysses and In Memoriam A.H.H., he created some of the most quoted works in history.

Tennyson was the perhaps one of the earliest proponents of the poetic “sound-bite”. He had an ability to create short, but potent, lines of text that articulated his meaning. “Into the valley of Death; Rode the six hundred” still gives many readers goose bumps as they picture the horrific scene of slaughter concisely describes in Charge of the Light Brigade.

Despite the rather uninspiring title -- a number of Tennyson’s publications are simply entitled “Poems” -- the collections brought him instant recognition and can be attractive at auction today. A first edition of the 1842 version of “Poems” has realized over $5,000 at auction.

Any writer who can introduce commonplace sayings into the English language has left their mark on the world. Tennyson has left us with many of these; as well as some inspiring and truly memorable works of poetry.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Poems. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, London (1827). Frederick Tennyson und Charles Tennyson; by two brothers.

Tennyson Alfred, Lord. Timbuctoo. John Smith, Cambridge (1829). A Poem, which obtained the Chancellor's Medal at the Cambridge Commencement; [Contained in: Prolusiones Academicae praemiis annuis dignatae et in curia Cantabrigiensi recitatae comitiis maximis,

Tennyson, Alfred. POEMS. Effingham Wilson, London (1830). CHIEFLY LYRICAL; 600 copies printed; page 91 misnumbered as 19 (first state), carcanet spelled correctly (second state)

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Edward Moxon, London (1833).

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. William D. Ticknor, Boston (1842). 2 volumes; 800 copies printed; Contains Morte D'arthur, Locksley Hall, Godiva, Sir Gallahad, and all the others.

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Edward Moxon, London (1845). In Two Volumes

Tennyson, Alfred. Princess. Moxon, London (1847). A Medley.

Tennyson, Alfred. In Memorian. Edward Moxon, London (1850).

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Poems. Edward Moxon, London (1851). By Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson. Maud, and other poems. E. Moxon, London (1855). Includes the first appearace of the famous poem, The Brook; An Idyl, Ode on the Death of theDuke of Wellington, The Charge of the Light Brigade.; 10,000 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London (1857). w/tissue-guarded frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner and 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc.

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Idylls of the King. Edward Moxon, London (1859). Twelve narrative poems in blank verse; The first four to be here published are Enid, Vivien, Elaine and Guinevere (Enid was later divided to form two poems, The Marriage of Geraint and Geraint and Enid); Ten years later THE HOLY GRAIL AND OTHER POEMS was published, containing the title poem plus The Coming of Arthur, Pelleas and Ettare and The Passing of Arthur. The Last Tournament

Tennyson, Alfred. POEMS. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1859). frontis portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner and 54 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais, W. Holman Hunt, etc

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1862).

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Privately Printed, Toronto (1862). compiled and edited by J. Dykes Campbell; 150 copies printed.

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Welcome to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. Day and Son, London (1863). from the Poet Laureate; Colour lithographic titlepage with 7 further lithographic plates by Owen Jones

Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Enoch Arden. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1864).

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, London (1864). With illustrations by Millais, Stanfield, Creswick, Mulready, Horsley, etc

Tennyson, Alfred. Enoch Arden. Ticknor and Fields, Boston (1865). Illustrated with tissue-protected engraved frontispiece portrait of Tennyson and 19 tissue-protected full page engravings by John La Farge, Elihu Vedder, William J. Hennessy, and Felix O. C. Darley

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Enoch Arden. Ticknor and Fields, Boston (1866). Illustrators are J. La Farge, E. Vedder, W.J. Hennessy, and F.O.C. Darley

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Enoch Arden. Edward Moxon and Co, Dover Street, London (1866). w/frontis portrait engraving by Woolner and 25 full-page and in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Elaine. Cassell Petter and Galpin, New York (1867). w/9 tissue-guarded steel engravings by Gustave Dore

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Elaine. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1867). Magnificently illustrated with 9 full-page b/w steel-engravings, including frontispiece, all protected by tissue guard; All the engravings are by the acclaimed illustrator Gustav Dore [drawn by Gustav Dore, engraved by J.H. Baker].

Tennyson, Alfred. Guinevere. Edward Moxon and Company, London (1867). 9 full-page b/w engraved illustrations by Gustave Dore

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Vivien. Edward Moxon, London (1867). [and] GUNIEVERE; Illustrated with 18 steel-engraved plates by Gustave Dore

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Vivien. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1867). with 9 full page illustrations by Gustave Dore

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of the King. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1868). ENID, ELAINE, VIVIEN and GUINEVERE; Illustrated by, DORE, Gustave.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Viviane. Hachette, Paris (1868).

Tennyson, Alfred. Holy Grail. Strahan and Co., London (1870).

Tennyson, Alfred. Holy Grail. Fields, Odgood, and Company, Boston (1870).

Tennyson, Alfred. WINDOW. Strahan and Co, London (1871). Or, The Songs of the Wrens; Words written for Music By Alfred Tennyson Poet-laureate; The Music by Arthur Sullivan

Tennyson, Alfred. Works of Alfred Tennyson. Strahan and Co, London (1871). Poet Laureate; Ten Volume Set Plus Vol. XI

Tennyson, Alfred. Gareth and Lynette. Strahan and Company, London (1872).

Tennyson, Alfred. Queen Mary. Henry S. King and Co., London (1875). A Drama; first issue with the word beheld misspelled as behled on page 126.

Tennyson, Alfred. Harold. Henry S. King and Co., London (1877). A Drama;with EROTIC FORE-EDGE FOREEDGE painting

Tennyson, Alfred. Works of Alfred Tennyson. Henry S. King, London (1877). Poet Laureate; 7 Vols; Vol. 1: Miscellaneous Poems, comprising Juvenilia, The Lady of Shallot and Other Poems, English Idylls and Other Poems; Vol. 2: Miscellaneous Poems, and Enoch Arden and Other Poems; Vol. 3: The Princess and Other Poems; Vol. 4: In Memoriam and Maud; Vol. 5: Idylls of the King; Vol. 6: Idylls of the King (cont'd); Vol. 7: Dramas (Queen Mary, Harold).

Tennyson, Alfred. Vivien. Edward Moxon and Co, London (1877). Poet Laureate, 9 illustrations by Gustave Dore, frontispiece with tissue guard by Dore and engraved by J. Stephenson

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Kegan Paul and Co, London (1878).

Tennyson, Alfred. Ballads. C. Kegan Paul and Co., London (1880). with a two-word correction in the author's hand to The Village Wife; or, The Entail. on p. 83

Tennyson, Alfred. Ballads. Dawson Brothers, Publishers, Montreal (1880).

Tennyson, Alfred. Princess. C. Kegan Paul and Co, London (1880).

Tennyson, Alfred. Lady of Shalott. Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (1881). full-color plates by Howard Pyle

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Works of Alfred Tennyson. Macmillan and Co., London (1884). Poet Laureate; Volumes I-VII. [Complete 7-volume set]; portrait frontispiece engraved by G J Stodart from a photograph by J Mayall

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Tiresias and other poems. Macmillan, London (1885).

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston (1886). (6 Volumes)

Tennyson, Alfred. Idylls of the King. Henry Altemus, Philadelphia (1889). Complete with 37 woodcut plates illustrating various scenes from the poem, all by Gustave Dore; With an Introduction by Henry C. Walsh, A.M.

Tennyson, Alfred,Lord. Death of Oenone. Macmillan and Co, London (1892). Akbar's Dream, and Other Poems; 500 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred. Death of the Duke of Clarence and Avondale. n.p (1892).

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Maud. Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith (1893). A Monodrama; Original limp vellum by J. and J. Leighton of London; 500 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred. Poems. Macmillan, London and New York (1893). AND CHARLES TURNER; by Two Brothers; 300 copies, with a preface by Alfred Tennyson's son, Hallam.

Tennyson, Alfred. Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. MacMillan and Co, London (1894). Poet Laureate; Complete 10 Volume; portrait and eight Woodbury type plates reproduced from Gustave Dove's famours

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. WORKS OF ALFRED. Estes and Lauriat, Boston (1895). LORD TENNYSON; POET LAUREATE [COMPLETE IN 12 DELUXE VOLUMES]; edited by William J. Rolfe; 1000 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred. Idylls of the King. R. H. Russell, New York (1898). Vivien, Elaine, Enid, Guinevere; Decorated and Illuminated by the Brothers Rhead

Tennyson, Alfred. Life and Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Macmilland and Co., London (1898). 12 vols; With 12 frontispieces, 4 plates,and 1 facsimile; 1050 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. In Memoriam. Vale Press [Ballantyne for Hacon and Ricketts], London (1900). and Lyric Poems; 320 copies printed; Decorated with border designed by C.S. Ricketts and engraved by C.E. Keates

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Tennyson's Lyric Poems. Ballantyne Press, London (1900). Decorations by C.S. Ricketts, Engraving by C.E. Keates; Limited to 320 copies

Tennyson, Alfred. Some Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Freemantle and Co, London (1901). with Preface by Joseph Pennell; w/30 wood engravings by the Dalziels, W.J. Linton, etc. after D.G. Rossetti, J.E. Millais and W. Holman Hunt, and 6 photogravures of drawings by the artists, some with tissue-guards

Tennyson, Alfred. Seven Poems. Doves Press, Hammersmith (1902). Two Translations

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. A Dream of Fair Women. Grosset and Dunlap, New York (1907). with color illustrations by Fisher; Decorations by E. Stetson Crawford

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Idylls of the King. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1911). 21 tipped-in colour plates by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale; 350 copies printed.

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Princess. Bobbs- Merrill Company, Indianapolis (1911). Illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Morte D'Arthur. Chatto and Windus, London (1912). A POEM; Full-color and gilt-heightened illuminations by Alberto Sangorski

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. MORTE D'ARTHUR. Dana Estes and Company, Boston (1912). A POEM

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Tennyson's Guinevere. Blackie and Son, London (1912). captured by Florence Harrison beautiful illustrations; 24 in colour and many more in black and white

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston (1929). limited to 500 sets; With illustrations from photographs of the Tennyson country by Charles S. Olcott; 7 volumes.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Riverside Press, Boston (1929). 500 copies printes; Includes illustrations from photographs of Tennyson country by Charles S. Olcott; Introduction by Henry Van Dyke; ALs by Tennyson tipped-in to preliminary leaf.