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CAMERON, Julia Margaret.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson and His Friends....

A Series of 25 Portraits and Frontispiece in Photogravure from the Negatives. Reminiscences by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. With an Introduction by H. H. Hay Cameron.

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Published: London T. Fisher Unwin, 1893

Stock Code: 119935

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First and limited edition, number 10 of 400 copies only, one of perhaps as few as 10 deluxe copies bound in full vellum and additionally signed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. This posthumous collection, a collaboration between Julia's youngest son Henry and the novelist Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919), includes four photogravures of Alfred Tennyson, including the 1865 photograph he is said to have liked best, dubbed The Dirty Monk. Other subjects include Tennyson's wife and sons, Julia Margaret Cameron herself, Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Robert Browning, and Charles Darwin. Cameron knew Tennyson well and in 1860 moved to Freshwater, Isle of Wight, to become his neighbour. After she took up photography in 1863, Tennyson, despite being described as "a reluctant model", was persuaded to sit for her on many occasions. Cameron was later invited by the poet to illustrate his Idylls of the King (1874). "Cameron's photographs demonstrate a psychological intimacy and intensity that is compellingly modern" (Parr & Badger, vol. 1, p. 69).
The majority of copies of this limited edition are in a gilt decorative cloth binding. We can trace no other signed copy in commerce, and only one other copy in a vellum binding appears in auction records, sold in 1994. The highest numbered copy known to us, number 18, was bound in the usual cloth, and so it seems likely that perhaps only as few as the first 10 or 12 copies were bound in vellum.

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Folio (455 x 375 mm). Original full vellum, titles to front cover in gilt, green coated endpapers, edges untrimmed.


Frontispiece designed by W. A. Smith, and 25 plates, all with captioned tissue-guards printed in red.


Boards very lightly soiled, minor wear to very tips, foxing to prelims and endmatter; an excellent copy.


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