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[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.

[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.

London : for W. Simpkin & R. Marshall and / Louth : J. & J. Jackson, 1827. First edition. Tennyson's uncommon first book - an anonymous collaboration (although the 102 poems were individually written) with his elder brother Charles, who later adopted the surname Turner - locally printed at Louth before the brothers went up to Cambridge. A former owner has neatly and carefully ascribed the poems to A.T. or C.T. in pencil, correctly noting that some are of uncertain authorship and that a few are in fact by a third brother, Frederick Tennyson.
Crown 8vo (this copy well-margined at 181 x 109mm). xii,228pp. Bound in a handsome later (mid twentieth-century) full red calf by Bayntun of Bath, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; a handful of faint spots, but a very good and most attractive copy.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.

London : Effingham Wilson, 1830. First edition : with p.91 correctly numbered and the reading "carcanet" on p.72. The young Tennyson's first solo collection of poems, including "Mariana", "Claribel", "Ode to Memory", "The Burial of Love", "The Kraken", etc.
Demy 12mo (182 x 105mm). [iv],154,2pp. Bound, complete with the errata leaf and final advertisement leaf in a smart later (mid twentieth-century) full red crushed morocco, banded and gilt, top edge gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, by Bayntun-Riviere - preserving the original pink paper of the original boards at rear; the merest hint of rubbing; a few faint internal marks and signs of age, but overall a very good, tall and uncut copy in a protective cloth slip-case.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.

London : Edward Moxon, 1833 [but 1832]. First edition. Tennyson's most important early collection - thirty poems, including the first appearances of "The Lady of Shalott", "Mariana in the South", "Eleanore", "OEnone", "The Palace of Art", "The May Queen", "New Year's Eve", "The Lotos Eaters", "A Dream of Fair Women", etc.
Foolscap 8vo (174 x 96mm). [vi],(164)pp + advertisement leaf at front and rear. Bound in an attractive later full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, and dated 1900 by Zaehnsdorf; contrasting red labels; inner gilt dentelles; silk endleaves; just a hint of rubbing; slight cracking of endpapers; a few minor marks, but a very good copy of a difficult title.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : THE HOLY GRAIL AND OTHER POEMS.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : THE HOLY GRAIL AND OTHER POEMS.

London : Strahan & Co., 1870 [i.e.1869]. First edition : the secondary issue, with the addition of the "all rights reserved" notice to the foot of the title-page. The first appearance of "The Coming of Arthur", "The Passing of Arthur", etc.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],222,[ii]pp. Original green cloth, ruled and blocked in blind, and blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; very short tear to lower joint; slight mark to spine; mild spotting to prelims; slightly shaken, but a very good copy. With a contemporary inscription to C. Knight from his wife, dated Malvern 1877.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : GARETH AND LYNETTE ETC.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : GARETH AND LYNETTE ETC.

London : Strahan & Co., 1872. First edition. Two of Tennyson's Arthurian Idylls, "Gareth and Lynette" - Gareth dreams of knighthood, and "The Last Tournament" - the foundling with the ruby necklace.
Foolscap 8vo. [vi],136pp. Bound, without advertisement leaves, in a most attractive contemporary full green sealskin, banded and extra gilt; inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; light rubbing to joints and edges, but otherwise a very good copy. With the unusual triangular bookplate of Charles A. Hanbury - Charles Addington Hanbury (1828-1900) of the well-known brewing family.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : THE CUP AND THE FALCON.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : THE CUP AND THE FALCON.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1884. First edition. Two plays, the first put on at the Lyceum in 1881 with Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, and the second at the St. James in 1879 with the Kendals.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [iv],146,[ii]pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; slight browning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and unworn copy. With the contemporary armorial bookplate of C. M. Ingleby of Valentines at Ilford - Clement Mansfield Ingleby (1823-1886), the Shakespearian scholar.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : LOCKSLEY HALL SIXTY YEARS AFTER ETC.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : LOCKSLEY HALL SIXTY YEARS AFTER ETC.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1886. First edition. Tennyson's early optimism revisited in the second of his Locksley Hall dramatic monologues, together with three further poems, including "The Fleet" and "The Promise of May".
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). [viii],(202),[ii]pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch rubbed; a few very minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

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