This little collection of works by the Victorian Poet Laureate would grace any bookshelf, and its pocket size would have meant it could easily be carried in a pocket or reticule to be enjoyed perhaps while out in the countryside, or on a visit. Sadly we cannot offer the full set, but the collection includes 'Idylls of the King' (3/4 volumes), 'Maud etc.', 'Poems' and 'The Princess'.
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS (1809–1892) was a British poet, and Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign. His first recognised work 'Timbuktu' gained him the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge in 1929, and his first solo collection "Poems Chiefly Lyrical" appeared in 1830. Although considered overly sentimental by some, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. His early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Not only did he write such short lyrics as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears", and "Crossing the Bar", but he also wrote notable blank verse including "Idylls of the King", "Ulysses", and "Tithonus". He did attempt drama, but with little success. Many phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language, including "Nature, red in tooth and claw", "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all", "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die", "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure", "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers", and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new". He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
Our books are in excellent condition, bound in brown leather with black ijpressed triple-line borders to front and back, and 4-banded spines with title & author in gilt letters. All page edges bright gilt. Very few external signs of wear - a little rubbing of one or two corners, and minor marks on the gilt textblock edges. Inside, all bindings are firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright. Brown endpapers. Decorative bands head each separate work or section; initial letters illuminated. A very handsome collection.