Chiefly Lyrical.London: Effingham Wilson, 1830 Stock Code: 137218
"The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee about his shadowy sides"First edition, first state, of Tennyson's first solo poetry collection. It is preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brother. "Some of Tennyson's most enduring notes, elegiacally lyrical, with his riven sensibility... are especially manifest in the volume's most remarkable achievements, 'Mariana', 'A spirit haunts the year's last hours', and 'The Kraken'" (ODNB). This copy has the first state "carcanet" uncorrected on p. 72, and first state p. 91 paginated as p. 19.
Provenance: book label of Simon Nowell-Smith (1909-1996) to front pastedown, a prominent bibliophile and collector, as well as secretary of the London Library and president of the Bibliographical Society.
Duodecimo (184 x 107 mm). Original drab paper-backed blue boards, titles in black to printed spine label, untrimmed.
Errata leaf, 2 pp. publisher's advertisements at end.
Engraved paper bookseller's label to upper board (Milliken, Grafton Street, Dublin); contemporary ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Light wear to extremities, joints partly split but firm, a little darkened, scattered faint spotting; a very good copy indeed.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220