3 March 2004
TENNYSON, Alfred, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892). Timbuctoo: A Poem which obtained the Chancellor's Medal at the Cambridge Commencement. Cambridge: J. Smith, 1829.
8° (230 x 149mm). Contemporary grey wrappers, front wrapper inscribed '"Timbucktoo" by A. Tennyson,' morocco-backed brown cloth case. Provenance: purchased from James F. Drake, New York, 4 December 1939, $250.
FIRST SEPARATE ISSUE, ONE OF A VERY FEW SURVIVING COPIES. The poems by C.R. Kennedy and C. Merivale in the Proclusiones Academicae are omitted. As Wise explains, the present pamphlet was 'a separate pull of the poem alone, without any of the additional matter which accompanied it in the 41-page Proclusiones.' It was formed by deleting the general title page and setting the single word Timbuctoo in its place to form a half-title; and by 'adding to the separate title to Timbuctoo the arms of the University and printer's imprint.' The poem occupies pp. 5-13 as in the Proclusiones and pp. 14-16 completing the quire are blank. Tennyson, who was at Trinity, only entered the competition under pressure from his father, and his piece of Miltonic blank verse actually had little to do with the set title, having its basis in an early piece, 'Armageddon.' He was too shy to read it aloud in Senate House according to custom, and arranged for Charles Merivale to read it for him. Wise sees the young poet as gratifying 'his excusable vanity by printing and distributing this separate issue of his work.' It has the strong bibliographical interest of being the first of some half-dozen private printings of Tennyson's works. Wise Tennyson 4.
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