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The Princess; A Medley
London: Edward Moxon, 1847. First edition. 8vo. (iv), 164 pp. Publisher's green cloth, gilt lettered to spine, blindstamped to boards, endpapers excised, inscribed by Tennyson to the Irish poet Aubrey de Vere on the half title, near contemporary pencilled annotations throughout correlating to the amendments made in the third edition, recent green quarter morocco clamshell box. Spine worn with loss at extremities, the more so to the head. De Vere (1814-1912) was an Irish poet of some small renown. He was introduced to Tennyson in 1842 and became a friend of the family, thereafter corresponding with both Alfred and his wife and making visits to their home. Wilfred Ward in his biography of De Vere quotes from his journal: "I went to Alfred Tennyson, who read me part of his "University of Women", and discussed poetry, denouncing exotics, and saying that a poem should reflect the time and place." "The University." was a working title for this collection and the cited journal entry is dated May 10th, probably 1845, two years before publication. Wise, 24. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB) [Lewes, United Kingdom]
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