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TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.
Poems, Chiefly Lyrical.
London: Effingham Wilson,, 1830. The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee about his shadowy sides 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. 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. Thomson III.
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